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Presiding judge faces complaints from union

URBANA – The union that represents court clerks has filed two unfair labor practice complaints alleging that Champaign County Presiding Judge J.G. Townsend unfairly denied one clerk the right to have a union representative with her during an investigative interview and that Townsend later retaliated against a union steward who had filed grievances against him.

The complaints were filed Wednesday with the Illinois Labor Relations Board in Springfield.


UI trustees hear ways to cut costs

URBANA – The University of Illinois could save $10 million by streamlining its operations and another $10 million by changing the way it buys equipment, supplies and utilities.

The savings will be used to offset the effect of budget cuts on education at the UI.


New residence to open under Carle umbrella

SAVOY – Has an older member of your family become forgetful about such things as taking medicines, paying bills or turning off the stove?

These can be early signs of dementia, and they may mean mom or dad should no longer be living alone.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.