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UI not alone in reserve proposal

SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois was not alone when it answered Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s request to hold back 8 percent of its state operating funds with a counterproposal for a much smaller amount.


UI trustees will weigh Allerton deal

   MONTICELLO ? The future of about 1,800 acres of farmland adjacent to Allerton Park lies in the balance Thursday as University of Illinois trustees consider proposals to sell the ground.


Tough mosquito abatement plan OK?d by council

   CHAMPAIGN ? The Champaign City Council overruled the city staff to opt for an enhanced mosquito abatement program out of concern for an even greater onslaught of West Nile Virus this summer.


Trustees to vote on building design

URBANA - Construction is scheduled to start this summer on a new retail and apartment complex near the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.


Champaign parking plans win praise

   CHAMPAIGN ? City hall watchers on Tuesday witnessed a rarity in the course of municipal events here, or probably anywhere else, for that matter ? downtown business people heaping praise on city administrators for a parking plan.


Board airs plan for changes at Stratton school

CHAMPAIGN - Stratton Elementary School has a problem, one that earned it a special citation by the federal Office of Civil Rights.


UI open houses to offer glimpse of future

In three years volunteering for the University of Illinois Engineering Open House, UI computer science student Nicole Pakiz kept hearing the same thing from many visitors.


Ford County uses its farm income to stay out of red

PAXTON - Desperately looking for money to pay its bills, the Ford County Board used most of the proceeds from the county-owned farm to keep the county out of the red for one more month.


Trustees seek more authority over UI budget

ROCKFORD - University of Illinois administrators would have to prepare a line-item budget detailing how they would spend state and tuition money, under a proposal to be voted on by the UI Board of Trustees on Thursday.


Interested buyer for Chancellor Hotel surfaces

CHAMPAIGN - A potential buyer for the Chancellor Hotel and Convention Center has surfaced, but parties involved say any deal that comes about is weeks or months away.