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SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich's budget office is attempting to tell the State Universities Retirement System and the other public contributory systems how to invest the proceeds from the state's recent pension bond sales, rather than leave the individual boards to decide.
"Considering how huge a spending pressure the pension contributions are on the state, it would be foolhardy of the state not to have some kind of management oversight of how the pension funds are investing in these dollars," said Becky Carroll, spokeswoman for the governor's Office of Management and Budget.
CHAMPAIGN – After a delay of one week, Boardman's Art Theatre will open Saturday with the hit movies "Chicago" and "Spider-Man" and show the films for free all week.
The grand opening, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, also will feature a searchlight over Champaign and guest speaker John F. Allen, who designed the sound system for the theater and has done sound for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
CHAMPAIGN – A team of experts who have reviewed the curriculum in Champaign schools will report what they've found at two public sessions this week.
Results of the study will be presented to Champaign school board members at a special meeting at 7 tonight. Community members and district employees are invited to attend that session, and they're also invited to attend a meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday for the community, including business and community leaders. Both meetings are at district headquarters at the Mellon Administrative Center.
URBANA – Children forced to leave their homes to escape domestic violence face many adjustments, big and small – like finding a safe place to play.
A routine trip to a public playground can be dangerous for children fleeing an abuser.
URBANA – After wrestling for months with fiscal realities, Urbana school board members Tuesday passed a tentative budget for the upcoming school year that's in the black – for now.
"Everything's very tentative," said Carol Baker, district business director.
URBANA – A national contract to supply SuperTarget stores means another 50 full-time warehousing jobs at Supervalu's distribution center in Urbana.
Hiring for the positions began last week, with wages starting at $14.13 an hour and increasing to $19.60 an hour after three years, said Mike Guth, general manager of the distribution center.
Painful as it might be, think back to your junior high school math class when they taught you to solve problems like 2 x Y = 6.
Easy, right? That Y, called an "unknown," obviously stands for 3. Now think about solving a problem with 20 million unknowns – that is, 20 million of those Ys.
ROSSVILLE – A last-minute offer Monday from Hoopeston Area school officials to form a cooperative high school prompted Rossville-Alvin school board members to reject a cooperative high school resolution with the Bismarck-Henning school district.
By default, the Rossville-Alvin district will now be talking exclusively to Hoopeston Area about a merger that would leave grade schools intact but send all students in both districts to a cooperative high school.
DANVILLE – The county is considering having 12 of its buildings appraised by an independent professional, which hasn't been done in some years, officials said.
The buildings, which include the Vermilion County Courthouse, Vermilion Manor Nursing Home and the Vermilion County Health Department, have a rich history and needed to be thoroughly checked, county insurance agent Phil Kruzich said.
URBANA – The developer of a proposed apartment building that has been a source of neighborhood ire along the West Green Street corridor will have to revise his plans before the project can clear city hall.
The city's little-used Development Review Board on Monday directed Mahommad J. Feiz to revise interior designs, come back with a landscaping plan and materials that can be approved by the city, and improve plans for screening against a neighboring property.