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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.

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.

Media in palm of your hand

Paul Zawada grabs 6 megahertz of the broadcasting spectrum and types a command on his computer screen.

Classic rock radio blares from the computer's speakers.

Task force to look at Champaign fire code compliance

CHAMPAIGN – Concerned that too many apartments in Champaign are not in compliance with the city fire code, the Champaign Fire Department is creating an Apartment Safety Task Force to study the problem over the next year and make recommendations.

The first meeting of the task force, expected to have 15 or 16 members, will be at 4:30 p.m. July 30 at Fire Station 5, at 1810 N. Mattis Ave., C.

Governor backs consumer protections

SPRINGFIELD – Unsolicited e-mail, known as "spam," would be easier to spot and delete, under legislation that Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into law Monday.

The new law requires the sender of unsolicited e-mail advertisements to use the code ADLT: as the first four characters in the e-mail's subject line, and ADLT:ADLT to indicate adult-oriented e-mail ads.

Anti-Wal-Mart mailing upsets Urbana officials

URBANA – An anonymous anti-Wal-Mart mailing sent to residents of east Urbana this past weekend has two Urbana City Council members – who residents are urged to contact in the mailing – seeing red.

The mailing, with the headline "Wal-Mart Trying to Invade Our Neighborhood?" was received Saturday by many Urbana residents in the Scottswood, Beringer Commons and Edgewood subdivisions.

Chounard acquitted of murder

URBANA – A Champaign man was acquitted Monday of a New Year's Eve murder in Urbana.

Emmanuel Chounard, 20, had been accused of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of LaQuentin Hughes, 20.