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Man turns himself in after fatal shooting

DANVILLE – A Danville man who turned himself in Wednesday morning in connection with the fatal shooting of another Danville man may be arraigned on murder charges this afternoon.

Officials said John Clark, 46, the father of the NBA's Sacramento Kings player Keon Clark, was booked Wednesday at the Vermilion County Jail on preliminary charges of murder.

Teens arrested for fires

URBANA – Two young boys were arrested by Champaign County sheriff's deputies Wednesday night for setting fires at abandoned mobile homes north of Urbana.

A news release from Carroll Fire Department Deputy Chief Steve Thuney said firefighters were summoned to 3809 N. Cunningham Ave., U, about 6:20 p.m. where they found two mobile homes fully involved in flames.

Hawk injured by car released during ceremony

FOSTER, Ind. – A red-tailed hawk soared again Wednesday four months after being hit by a car near Danville.

A clear blue sky over several acres of green grass served as the backdrop for the releasing ceremony attended by the University of Illinois students who helped in the recovery; several onlookers; and members of the Lakota tribe, who regard the bird as sacred.

Airlines cut flights to St. Louis, add one to O'Hare

SAVOY – AmericanConnection will cut the number of daily flights to St. Louis from Willard Airport from six to two on Nov. 1, the airline said Wednesday.

At the same time, American Eagle will increase the number of daily flights to Chicago's O'Hare Airport from Willard from six to seven.

UI union seeks injunction against pay date change

URBANA – A union representing faculty and academic employees is trying to prohibit the University of Illinois from changing the pay date for employees this fall.

The Union of Professional Employees plans to file a request for an injunction against the UI today in the Illinois Court of Claims in Chicago to keep the UI from implementing the pay date change. They say the change will result in employees losing five days' pay.

Unit 4 offers plan on kindergarten wait list

CHAMPAIGN – With kindergarten enrollment on track to set a record, Champaign school administrators Tuesday introduced a stopgap plan to address waiting list woes.

Unit 4 school board members reviewed the recommendation to create a "bubble" kindergarten class at popular Barkstall School, a move that would take 23 children – eight of them black – off a waiting list that numbers 62.

UI looking at how it can streamline administration

URBANA – As higher education officials and the governor's office wrangled over the size of budget cuts this spring, Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his financial director called for universities to cut administrative fat rather than teachers and courses.

University of Illinois officials have been looking at the UI's administrative structure since the spring, when the UI Board of Trustees in March asked President James Stukel to come up with proposals for consolidating and streamlining administrative operations. Stukel will report on the review Thursday when the board meets in Urbana.

Agreement will free up I-57 area for development

CHAMPAIGN – Several hundred acres on the southwest edge of Champaign will open up for development as plans get off, or rather under, the ground for new sanitary sewers.

A settlement in an eminent domain case earlier this month allows the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District to proceed with the installation of a new interceptor sewer that will open some 650 acres of land for development west of Interstate 57 and south of Windsor Road.

Visitors to state Web sites to receive more privacy

SPRINGFIELD – A new state law is designed to ensure that state agency Web sites are respecting the privacy of their online visitors.

"We want to make sure that state agencies keep up with the times, and if there are better ways to protect citizens who use state Web sites, we need to implement those techniques," said state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, who sponsored the legislation the governor recently signed into law.

Urbana auto mall project nearly ready to roll

URBANA – The O'Brien Automotive Team expects to resume construction on a new $20 million regional auto mall in north Urbana by as soon as Sept. 1.

Joseph O'Brien, president and chief executive officer of the Peoria-based O'Brien Automotive Team, said the project – delayed for several months while the project was scaled back – is nearly ready to go.