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Beverage superstore opening in Savoy

SAVOY – A portion of the long-vacant former Festival Foods building will be filled with an upscale beverage superstore by Christmas.

The Savoy Village Board voted 4-2 Wednesday to amend its liquor ordinance to create a new 12th liquor license.

Two finalists for principal discuss plans

CHAMPAIGN – Two finalists – men with completely different styles – talked to parents Wednesday night about expectations and action plans for the new Edison Middle School principal.

The finalists are Stephen Lucas, a University of Illinois faculty member who's an academic expert on middle school education with past experience in the classroom and administration, and Richard Patton, a Champaign native who most recently taught special education in rural Alaska where challenges include finding programs and activities to engage the native peoples there.

Area police agencies will leave Task Force X

CHAMPAIGN – Local police agencies are pulling out of Task Force X – the multiagency drug investigations unit for Champaign County, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday.

Champaign police Deputy Chief John Murphy said the main reason for the move is to allow agencies to be more flexible in their use of the officers currently assigned to the unit.

Water safety stressed in new state campaign

Kids and water don't mix, unless they're closely supervised, a new state initiative urges.

It doesn't take a large swimming pool for small children to be at risk; two Chicago-area children drowned last year in half-full buckets, according to Sherry Barr, a team coordinator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Community foundations will share contribution

CHAMPAIGN – The Community Foundation of Champaign County, along with 17 other community foundations across the state, is the recipient of a $530,000, five-year grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation to help with child care, land-use preservation and workforce development.
The Grand Victoria Foundation is an arm of the Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, which distributes 20 percent of the casino's net annual operating income to communities across the state. Some $12 million has been committed by the casino foundation over the next five years.

Lower tuition increase on table

CHICAGO – University of Illinois trustees will consider an alternative proposal for increasing tuition by a lower amount when they meet Friday in Chicago.
The proposal to increase tuition by 5 percent was added to the board's agenda Monday at the request of Chairman Larry Eppley.

Champaign County clerk shuts down Web site

URBANA – Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden has shut down his office's Web site after a county board panel would not approve a new job classification and pay raise for the employee who maintains the site.

Shelden said he disabled the Web site on June 18. The move came one day after the Champaign County Board's policy committee rejected a proposal to create a new position – computer support specialist – that Shelden said he intended to fill with a current deputy county clerk, Luke Stowe.

Officer on leave pending investigation

URBANA – An Urbana police officer who shot at a man he believed was reaching for a gun has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Urbana Police Chief Eddie Adair issued a release Tuesday saying officer Sean Taylor, 26, who's been on the department for two years, fired one round at Richard Bryan Martinez on Friday night.

UI plans to observe landmark decision

URBANA – The University of Illinois will host a yearlong series of events beginning this fall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education.

The events will examine the legacy of the decision, in which the court ruled that a "separate but equal" education for blacks and whites was unconstitutional.

Libraries must make decisions on Web filters

Area librarians say they aren't sure how they will implement a federal law that requires, but does not fund, software filters to block porn on public computers.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Congress can force the nation's public libraries to equip computers with filters that would prevent children from viewing pornography or lose federal funding.