UPDATE: Urbana admin accused of trying to secretly record closed board meeting

URBANA — An Urbana schools administrator who allegedly intended to secretly record a closed session of the school board has been criminally charged with eavesdropping.

State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said she filed the Class 4 felony charge on Thursday against Samuel Byndom, 35.

UPDATE: 2 to 3 inches of snow reported in Champaign County

UPDATED, 5 p.m.:

CHAMPAIGN — Downtown and Campustown businesses need to clear snow in front of their properties within 48 hours, the city said Thursday afternoon.

Businesses have until 2:45 p.m. Saturday to comply by shoveling a path that's 4 feet wide or the width of the sidewalk, whichever is smaller.

Corner properties also need to clear sidewalk ramps.

Former Champaign police officer charged with soliciting sex

URBANA — A former Champaign police officer who allegedly offered to pay a prostitute to have sex with him earlier this summer has been charged with soliciting a sex act.

Joe Ketchem, 50, who was the department's liquor-enforcement officer, has been sent a summons to appear in Champaign County Circuit Court on Nov. 29 to be arraigned.

UPDATE: Champaign teachers union files notice of intent to strike

UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.:

CHAMPAIGN — The president of the Champaign teachers union said the group has officially filed its intent-to-strike notice after another bargaining session failed to yield a tentative deal Wednesday.

Seaman on Noblesville school shooter's sentence: 'This is not justice'

Jason Seaman, who tackled a 13-year-old student who had opened fire in his classroom May 25 at Noblesville West Middle School near Indianapolis, released the following statement Wednesday on Twitter after the student was sentenced:

Upper Salt Fork Drainage District members grilled on bank clearing, debris pile

ST. JOSEPH — Concerns with flooding and clearing of trees along the Salt Fork River north of St. Joseph sparked some tense debate and dredged up some long-term conflict over management of the waterway during a drainage district board meeting Wednesday.

UI is engineering a new way to finance construction projects

URBANA — A new teaching facility for the University of Illinois College of Engineering, up for trustee approval today, would accommodate 10 to 15 percent enrollment growth in high-demand engineering programs over the next decade, college officials say.

Simulation dummies helping train nurses at Clark-Lindsey Village

URBANA — When nurses at Clark-Lindsey Village want a little more training, they practice on Chester and Seymour.

These aren't unlucky residents, but new simulation dummies the retirement community bought this year, along with a realistic-feeling arm.

UI at 150: 'A safe and communal place'

Among the 1,494 (and growing by the day) alumni stories you'll find on our special UI-at-150-and-beyond website is one from Facebook rising star ARIELLE GROSS ('11), who continues to do her UI professors and teachers at five Champaign schools proud.

Parkland to use $323,000 state grant, local match to revamp S wing

CHAMPAIGN — A long-neglected wing of the Parkland College campus is up for a makeover soon, thanks to emergency-repair money from the state of Illinois and local money to match.

Parkland College President Thomas Ramage announced the $323,000 award by the state during a board of trustees meeting Wednesday and added that it includes a $126,000 local match from unused 2008 bond money.