CHAMPAIGN – IllinoisVentures, a University of Illinois program designed to help technology-related businesses get a start, is considering investing in a company that's seeking management help from UI President James Stukel's son, Paul.
The UI's Board of Trustees will be asked Thursday to approve a "conflict-of-interest management plan" that would pave the way for an investment in PRZM Technologies.
URBANA – A flag that flew over the Pentagon will be raised Thursday to commemorate Sept. 11, 2001.
The flag is one of 161 flags that flew over the Pentagon a year ago to mark the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and four airliners.
When Professor Janet Keller began teaching, Jimmy Carter was elected president, the Apple computer made its way to the market and a movie about a boxing underdog named Rocky took the viewing audience by storm. That was 1976, almost 10 years before the incoming University of Illinois freshmen were born.
Since then, four presidents have taken office, the once state-of-the art Apple computers are now relics and Sylvester Stallone has made four additional Rocky movies, making him far less of an underdog. There is an obvious generation gap between Keller and her students.
CHAMPAIGN – When Champaign police hired Kevin Crum, a Champaign-Urbana native who had grown up to become a cop in Kentucky, they thought they knew what they were getting.
A background check, psychological testing and references were all good, so Crum, 31, was hired under Champaign's experienced officer program. Crum's Aug. 30 arrest in Harrodsburg, Ky., on charges of attempted murder and carrying deadly weapons shocked people in both Champaign and Kentucky.
Viruses are adept at delivering their genetic material to the inside of our cells.
And while it often makes us sick, there's nothing personal about it. The viruses do it to replicate and survive.
URBANA – Champaign County's presiding judge is suggesting a rather sweeping change in the way poor people accused of felony crimes are represented.
Judge J.G. Townsend has proposed hiring two more full-time public defenders and doing away with the contracts now held by four local attorneys to represent indigent clients.
Mother and daughter Hope and Holly Labisky of Champaign have been photographing and researching cemeteries in Illinois for seven years, and they are sharing their findings in a new book called "Cemeterying with Hope."
Holly Labisky also started her own publishing business called For More than Pavement to bring out the 200-page book, for which she and her mother are taking orders and offering delivery.
SAVOY– Bill Smith is a longtime Eastern Illinois University professor, an avid cross-country skier, a published author and a three-term member of the Savoy Village Board, but he says he is just happy to be alive.
Smith is on the road to recov-
CHAMPAIGN – While Motorola has been shrinking worldwide, its software design center in Champaign-Urbana has been growing.
So far this year, the company has added about 40 employees at its facility in the University of Illinois Re-search Park.
HARRODSBURG, Ky. ? The security guard noticed Kevin Crum right away.
It was just after 2 a.m., and Don Barnett was tired. He chugged some coffee and "slapped my face a couple times."
By the time he saw Crum's weapon and bulletproof body armor, Barnett was wide awake and on the phone to the police.