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Schools feel burden of driver's education

CHAMPAIGN – Students show up on time for these classes, no matter how early or late they convene, and they pay strict attention to the lessons because a lot is at stake.

Specifically, their driver's licenses.

Law changes guidelines for scholarships

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill into law Thursday lifting the requirement that half of the tuition waivers state lawmakers can distribute each year be for the University of Illinois.

Currently, the other half of the eight one-year tuition waivers may be spread between any of the state's other public universities.

Drowning prompts river safety measures

   OAKWOOD ? Canoeists and fishermen along the Middlefork and Vermilion rivers will begin to see more warning signs along the banks of both rivers this summer as officials take steps to make the waterways safer.

   The signs were prompted by a canoe accident three weeks ago in which a Champaign woman drowned.

Spring UI Discovery classes cut

URBANA – A financial investments class offered at the University of Illinois last spring gave freshmen the chance to get to know a professor in a small class setting, learn the basics of managing an investment portfolio and find out more about the field of finance.

The class, part of a UI program for freshmen, won't be offered next spring. The UI is canceling its Freshman Discovery courses for the spring because of budget cuts and a smaller-than-hoped-for tuition increase, according to the provost's office.

Two local officers up for chief's job

CHAMPAIGN – Two local command officers are among 14 semifinalists for the position of Champaign police chief.

Deputy Chief Troy Daniels and Acting Deputy Chief Holly Nearing are the only two names of semifinalists that have surfaced. Both declined any comment, on instructions from the city manager's office.

Labor suit settlement in sight

PARIS – Latino workers from Arcola could be sharing about $200,000 in coming months as a class-action lawsuit with the Northern Harvest furniture company nears settlement.

Furniture worker Hugo de la Rosa of Arcola complained to an Urbana Latino support organization, El Centro por los Trabajadores, about pay inequities in 2001. El Centro's executive director, Hugh Phillips, connected de la Rosa and his fellow workers with a Chicago law firm with experience in employment issues.

Cumulative voting bill signed by Blagojevich

SPRINGFIELD – Multimember district county boards, such as those in Champaign and Vermilion counties, could opt to elect members through cumulative voting, under a bill Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into law late Wednesday.

Cumulative voting would allow county residents to cast all three of their votes for a single county board candidate, or spread their votes among two or three candidates.

Retirement incentive receives approval

URBANA – Carolyn Wood was one of about a dozen veteran county employees who were moved to applause at Thursday night's meeting of the Champaign County Board.

Just moments earlier, the county board had voted to approve offering early retirement to about 60 eligible county employees in a tense 13-10 vote.

Lawsuit accuses lawyer of stealing from area HMO

URBANA – A veteran Champaign County attorney has been accused in a civil lawsuit of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from an area health maintenance organization.

The seven-count complaint filed Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court against Gary L. Sudeth, 56, alleges that as the owner of a collection agency catering to health insurers, he defrauded Urbana-based Health Alliance Medical Plans out of more than $50,000 between July 2000 and February of this year.

Decision on pool designer nears

CHAMPAIGN – One of three design teams will be chosen next month to rebuild Sholem Pool and Waterslide, a 42-year-old complex that has reached the end of its useful life.

The Champaign Park District board will choose from among three design teams that were interviewed earlier this week, a short list narrowed from 14 firms that responded to the district request for qualifications.