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Chief's fans, detractors react to resignation

URBANA – John Gadau was ecstatic when he heard Nancy Cantor had resigned. To Steve Kaufman, it was "a death in the family."

The only thing these two men have in common is an intense interest in Chief Illiniwek: Gadau bought billboards calling for Cantor's ouster and the Chief's retention; Kaufman has worked tirelessly to attack the Chief as a racist mascot.

Support, questions flow after firing

CHAMPAIGN – A Franklin Middle School basketball coach fired after a confrontation with the Champaign superintendent's son says support from parents and the community has been "overwhelming."

The Champaign school board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mellon Building, 703 S. New St., C, and district spokeswoman Beth Shepperd said public comment on the Franklin events is expected.

Danville revokes Fetch Um taxi's license

DANVILLE – A local taxicab company's license has been revoked after its owner was found guilty of six city ordinance violations.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer ordered Winter Bruce of Fetch Um Transportation, 708 N. Vermilion St., to surrender his business license and permits to the city by noon Monday and to cease all operations by or before that time.

Elimination of merit awards recommended

SPRINGFIELD – Scholarships for Illinois' top high school graduates may be the latest casualties of the state's budget crisis.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission and the Illinois Board of Higher Education are recommending that the state eliminate funding for the Merit Recognition Scholarship program for the year beginning July 1.

Club drug prevention project launched

URBANA – University of Illinois students, along with more than two dozen counselors, police officers, medical professionals and social service agencies, gathered Thursday to kick off a new program aimed at preventing the growing spread of Ecstasy, methamphetamines and so-called "club drugs" among young adults.

Project X, a statewide project using $2.5 million – mostly from assets seized from people convicted of drug crimes – is being organized to combat the use of those drugs.

Coach firing sparks furor

CHAMPAIGN – On the eve of a regional basketball championship game, Champaign school officials fired a popular Franklin Middle School coach who admits he pushed a player down on the bench.

That player: Superintendent Arthur Culver's seventh-grade son, Alexander, who coach Todd Anderson says swore at him when he removed him from the game because he was playing poorly. Culver, who attended the Wednesday sectional game at Tolono's Unity Junior High School, took his son home before the game ended with a Franklin victory.

Teen-agers in Oakland park case identified

OAKLAND – The Douglas County coroner has released the name of a teen-age boy from rural Hindsboro who was found dead in a state park early Thursday.

Coroner Joe Victor said Eric Richardson, 17, of rural Hindsboro, was found dead in a remote area of Walnut Point State Park by friends around 2 a.m. Thursday.

No-frills higher education budget proposed

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was happy to see its $52 million Lincoln Hall renovation project listed as a top priority in the Illinois Board of Higher Education's budget proposal this week, but the overall outlook for the state's universities and community colleges was a little more bleak.

The board's proposed budget for the year beginning July 1 represents "a careful, realistic way of thinking" in light of the state's current fiscal crisis, said executive director Dan LaVista.

Illinois Farm Bureau sites observe Food Check-Out Day

Today marks the day the average American has earned enough money to pay for his or her food supply for the year.

To celebrate Food Check-Out Day, members of area farm bureaus are out and about today bagging groceries for consumers and providing elementary school teachers with packets of information on agriculture.

Ramshaw forms ties with national firm

CHAMPAIGN – Ramshaw Real Estate, a locally-owned, independent brokerage since 1988, is broadening its reach by affiliating with a national commercial real estate investment firm.

As a result of its recent affiliation with California-based Sperry Van Ness, Ramshaw has carved out its commercial brokerage and renamed it Sperry Van Ness Ramshaw Real Estate.