URBANA – In the early 1960s, NASA had a pretty good idea how to get astronauts to the moon. But the astronauts were a little concerned that nobody could agree on how to get them back.
University of Illinois engineering graduate John C. Houbolt held a minority viewpoint.
URBANA – The city administration is proposing several changes to the mixed office residential zoning district that includes large portions of Green and Elm Streets.
Some residents are concerned that the changes don't do enough to protect older houses in the corridor between campus and downtown that are vulnerable to being razed by developers and replaced with small apartment buildings.
CHAMPAIGN – Amy Hammel-Zabin, a music therapist who has worked with sex offenders in several states, thinks more systematic monitoring of rapists and child molesters could help a whole generation from becoming victims of convicted sex criminals.
If a community would know who the sex offenders in the community are and where they are living, and if society could make sure they are not in a position to get at their victims, it would reduce the number of victims, Hammel-Zabin testified Wednesday at a hearing on proposed lifetime supervision of sex offenders.
URBANA – Sen. Dick Durbin announced $2.8 million in federal funding for agriculture research at the University of Illinois at a meeting with researchers and college officials Tuesday.
Included in the fiscal year 2004 Agriculture Appropriations bill is $844,000 for the university's Soybean Disease Biotechnology Research Center.
TOLONO – The library district that includes Tolono, Savoy and Sadorus has asked for a 51 percent increase in property taxes.
Library officials don't really expect to receive that much more money due to tax caps, but they are asking for the increase to maximize the library's revenue from new construction, which isn't covered under tax caps.
URBANA – With the Eastern Illinois Foodbank in a period of growth, a new leader took over Tuesday.
Former director Linda Wulf, 44, is moving to Reno, Nev., and Rich Bloom is marking his first week as the new director.
CHAMPAIGN – Junior Nick Greene made Taft residence hall home for the past two years before switching over to the adjoining Van Doren this year. That option had been impossible for the last 46 years.
When the two University of Illinois residence hall buildings were built in 1957, Taft was strictly for male students and Van Doren strictly for women. It remained that way until last spring.
RANTOUL – The last call for alcohol won't be changing in Rantoul.
Following a spirited discussion Tuesday evening, the Rantoul Village Board unanimously rejected a proposal by bar owner Keith LaGrone to extend liquor sales on weekends.
ATWOOD – News travels fast in small farming towns like Atwood.
Just last week, Gary Appleby learned his friend, farmer Don Mauck, had been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus and liver. By Monday morning, about 20 combines started rolling down U.S. 36 on their way to harvest Mauck's fields.
RANTOUL – Rantoul wants to be the home of the Farm Progress Show.
The village will make a formal proposal within several weeks to become one of two permanent homes for the Farm Progress Show, according to Village Administrator Gary Adams.