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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
CHAMPAIGN – Reversing trends that have spiraled upward for two years, fall enrollment at Parkland College has dropped slightly.
But officials say that won't affect state funding for the college because the critical number – of credit hours – continues to grow.
HARRODSBURG, Ky. – Kevin Crum, now a former Champaign police officer, had practiced plans to murder a family in Kentucky and had a list of things to do and things to bring, a Harrodsburg detective testified Thursday.
Crum, 31, who had been living with a friend in the 1900 block of Lynwood Drive in Champaign, has been charged with and pleaded not guilty to six counts of attempted murder, four counts of carrying concealed deadly weapons and lesser charges of criminal trespass and operating a vehicle with a stolen license plate.
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.
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.
URBANA – Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus were found in August in a popular Urbana park, but the district says it shouldn't be cause for extra concern.
Health officials found the infected insects on "three or four different dates" in August in Meadowbrook Park, said Dana Mancuso, spokeswoman for the park district.