URBANA – A committee appointed to evaluate the University of Illinois' College of Communications has identified a number of academic and administrative concerns, including little interaction among units and a chaotic advertising department, and it has recommended some drastic changes.
But a task force within the college will spend the semester putting together a plan for improving the college and its departments.
URBANA – Proposals to abolish three different Champaign County government offices will be studied by a Champaign County Board subcommittee for the next few months before the county board takes any action on them.
A decision about whether to create a subcommittee to review the effectiveness of the county co-administrator system was deferred by a month, however, after board member Steve Beckett objected to fellow board member, lawyer and Democrat Bob Kirchner serving on the subcommittee.
CHAMPAIGN – Supporters of the USA Patriot Act say it's an important tool for investigating terrorists who are targeting this country. Critics call it a vague, overbroad law that tramples our civil rights in the name of security.
A prosecutor, a civil rights lawyer and law students debated the act at the University of Illinois College of Law Monday.
URBANA – A bar owner in unincorporated Urbana is proposing that Champaign County extend alcohol sales in unincorporated areas of the county until 3 a.m. and extend bar closing hours to 4 a.m.
Ike Mapson, owner of the Malibu Bay Lounge, 3106 N. Cunningham Ave., U, made the proposal recently to the Champaign County Liquor Advisory Commission. Mapson serves on the seven-member commission that advises the county board.
URBANA – Lindsey Johnson and Shanelle Kimbrough carefully dipped a litmus paper strip into an unknown fluid, watched it turn bright orange, then matched the color to a printed acid/base scale.
"I can't wait to see the which liquid is which," said 12-year-old Lindsey, an Urbana Middle School student of her work with partner Shanelle at the Illinois State Water Survey on Monday. The girls and seven other "citizen scientists" from the school tested soft drinks, cleaning fluids, water and other liquids for acidity, charted the results and tried to match their numbers with numbers on an "unknown substances" chart.
Miss America, Erika Harold, often is asked if she plans to become an entertainer. She doesn't see that happening unless she is asked to become a legal commentator after she graduates from Harvard Law School.
The 23-year-old Urbana native and University of Illinois graduate already has done commentary three times on the "Saturday Final with Lawrence O'Donnell" program on MSNBC Television, which airs over Channel 47 in Champaign-Urbana.
CHAMPAIGN – The munchies are nothing to giggle about when you're ill and lack any appetite whatsoever.
Then, says local Rastafarian Chef Ra, marijuana-induced food consumption might be a life-saver for people undergoing chemotherapy or enduring infection by HIV.
Jeff Kustusch did everything right. He bought a cheap bicycle at the annual University of Illinois police auction, locked it up everywhere he went and it still got stolen.
It happened in September 2002. Kustusch finished an afternoon chemistry class at Noyes Lab and rode back home, placed a metal chain and combination lock on the bike and wrapped it around a rack on the first floor of his apartment. When he woke up the next morning, the red and black Huffy was missing.
Instruction in Pilates, a body conditioning technique that has been growing in popularity, will soon be available in downtown Champaign.
The Pilates Center is set to open during the first week of October at 44 E. Main St., C.
RANTOUL– Now that Rantoul's new Maplewood storm water detention basin is near completion, the village plans to spend $2.8 million over the next five years on additional drainage projects, mostly in the east and central parts of town.
Three years ago, the village board established a new storm water tax to fund drainage projects around the community. The tax has generated $1.2 million, according to Assistant Public Works Director Pete Passarelli.