CHAMPAIGN – The last call for drinks at bars and taverns could soon be extended in Champaign, and Urbana council members say their city might quickly follow suit if Champaign acts.
The Champaign City Council will consider at its meeting next Tuesday a proposal to extend alcohol sales from the current 1 a.m. cutoff to 2 a.m., or even 2:30 a.m.
If you're planning to travel to Mars, right now would be a good time to get your tickets and shots. The red planet will be at its closest to Earth in nearly 60,000 years in late August.
The planets will be a mere 35 million miles apart.
More than 1,400 area students will walk into brand-new buildings this month as construction wraps up at Monticello, Fisher and Rantoul schools.
Crews at Monticello Middle School are working on the mechanical systems and the parking lot to get the building in order for the first day of class on Thursday, Aug. 21.
Julian Elias' University of Illinois summer school class at Lincoln Hall looks ordinary at first glance.
Not on second glance. Students might be watching parts of an episode of "Friends," or listening attentively to the tune "If I Had a Million Dollars."
URBANA – Provost Richard Herman plans to meet with the College of Communications faculty within the next couple of weeks to discuss the issues raised in an evaluation of the college.
Herman appointed a committee in May to assess the college and make recommendations for its future, after calling off a dean search for the college.
Older people feel better when they exercise, even moderately, and a series of University of Illinois studies may be showing one good reason why.
Exercise, besides conferring numerous benefits such as improved cardiovascular and muscular fitness, may be beefing up the body's immune system, which tends to decline as we age.
URBANA – Brady Smith, a former probation officer and middle school dean convicted of trying to get a child to perform a sex act, was resentenced to prison Monday.
Smith, 47, of Urbana, was convicted at a bench trial on Nov. 13, 2001, of indecent solicitation of a child for attempting to get a 14-year-old boy to have sex with him on May 20, 2001. He was originally sentenced to three years of probation.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday fined the Champaign County Nursing Home $15,000 for two alleged violations stemming from incidents that occurred last year, but the nursing home has requested hearings to appeal both.
The 243-bed facility does not have to pay the fine until a final decision is made on the appeals, Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Tammy Leonard said.
DANVILLE – Ron Neufeld has heard every excuse in the book when it comes to why residents don't pay their sanitary sewer bill.
"'I didn't get a bill. I lost my job. I've had health problems. I've had unexpected expenses. I don't have enough money,'" recited Neufeld, the city comptroller. "We've heard them all, and some are a little hard to believe."
RANTOUL – This year's World Free Fall Convention drew 500 more sky divers to the Rantoul airport than a year ago.
Convention spokeswoman Beth Mahlo said Friday that 3,000 men and women took to the skies over Rantoul during the 10-day festival, which concluded on Sunday.