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'Drinking is big issue' on campus

All Michael O'Connor remembers is that he blacked out. He was at a party with friends having a good time, and before he knew it, he had downed 10 alcoholic drinks. It was the first time the University of Illinois senior in computer engineering couldn't recall the previous night's events.

"It was kind of scary when I started remembering again," said O'Connor, 21. "The last thing I knew is that I was at a bar."

A fireman, father of many hats

Mike Dilley is a fireman, but he has also been a sheriff's deputy, a youth football and baseball coach, an auto body repairman and an antique bathtub restorer and currently has a business, on the side, as an

Ex-school official convicted by jury

URBANA – A former Champaign middle school dean in prison for indecent solicitation of a child was convicted Friday by a Champaign County jury of possession of firearms ammunition.

The latter charge against Brady Smith, 47, stemmed from a search that Macon County probation officers did of Smith's Urbana home Aug. 12, 2002.

Pastor accused of sex abuse

DANVILLE – A Danville man who recently opened a homeless shelter for teen-age mothers and their children has been arrested on a preliminary charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Willie Hall, 42, was arrested at 4 p.m. Thursday on the sexual abuse charge, according to Danville Police spokesman Larry Thomason.

Roofing restoration

And you thought that roofing job you did at the house this summer was a beast.

Robert Ousterhout has been reroofing since 1997, and he's just now getting done.

UI pay change takes effect

URBANA – Next week, many University of Illinois employees will be getting a smaller-than-usual paycheck as the UI changes its pay date.

But some will also be getting a second check in the mail, for a short-term loan to help them meet their expenses for the month.

Champaign schools work to correct busing issue

CHAMPAIGN – For some riders and drivers and even some district officials, the debut of Champaign schools' new busing schedule was a little bumpy.

Dan See's 6-year-old daughter wanted to ride the bus to her new school, Robeson Elementary, but things didn't go well that first day – or the second.

Farm show considers permanent locations

URBANA – When the 2003 Farm Progress Show kicks off Sept. 23 in Henning, it will have been 50 years since the "Super Bowl" of farm shows has been held in Vermilion County.

But residents may not have to wait another 50 years for the three-day event to return to their county.

UI seeks jump in state funds for '05 budget

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois is asking for a $79 million increase, or 7.3 percent, in state operating money for the next fiscal year to hire more teachers, reduce class sizes, increase the number of courses offered and give raises to faculty and staff.

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved a budget request for fiscal 2005 at its meeting Thursday in Springfield.

I-74 deaths ruled homicide, suicide

URBANA – An investigation indicates that a Danville man and a Maryland man whom he forced into the path of a semitrailer truck on Interstate 74 had not encountered each other before the crash, according to Illinois State Police.

A Champaign County coroner's jury Thursday in Urbana ruled that the July 28 deaths of Seth Meiller, 24, of Lutherville, Md., and Gary Allen Myers, 43, of 406 Dennison Drive, Danville, were homicidal and suicidal, respectively.