UI bracing for AAUP hit

URBANA — A national academic panel investigating the University of Illinois has concluded that the school violated Steven Salaita's due-process rights and academic freedom last year when it withdrew the professor's job offer days before he was to begin teaching.

Green Street cameras, body cams, Tasers all on table

CHAMPAIGN — Police are considering installing additional cameras along Green Street and implementing the use of body cameras and Tasers.

Those proposals and more were discussed during the second of five scheduled community meetings on policing, held Monday night at Centennial High School.

Board approves raise for Wiegand

CHAMPAIGN — A week before five new faces join the Champaign school board, it voted Monday night to give Superintendent Judy Wiegand a raise of at least 3 percent.

The bump mirrors recent raises given to other Unit 4 employees and aligns with national cost-of-living standards, members said.

Ag battery charges dismissed

URBANA — Champaign County prosecutors have dropped aggravated battery charges against a Rantoul man after a teenager allegedly told police he was the one who kicked another man in the head.

Maurice Tucker, 20, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Eater Drive, had been charged in December with aggravated battery for a Dec. 8 attack on a 35-year-old man in Rantoul.

2 sentenced in kidnap hoax

URBANA — A woman who faked her own kidnapping at a Champaign mall, and a man who helped her, have been sentenced to federal prison and fined more than $45,000 for the costs of police investigation before the hoax was uncovered.

UI may extend winter-break classes for two years

CHAMPAIGN — After receiving strong positive responses to online courses offered over winter break, the University of Illinois is considering extending the period for two more years.

The educational policy committee of the academic senate passed a proposal at its meetings on Monday, calling the 2014-15 classes "a generally positive undertaking for the campus."

Updated: Prosecutor won't seek third term

DANVILLE — After two terms as Vermilion County state's attorney, Randy Brinegar has decided he won't seek a third.

Brinegar, 62, recently announced his decision to finish out his current term rather than running next year for a third term.

Finke named Central coach

CHAMPAIGN — It was more than a century ago that Champaign Central last had as many as three different varsity basketball head coaches in a three-year span.

New IDOT chief: Money not there yet for interchange project

The new secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation said that a lack of long-term planning in previous administrations is to blame for a stall in a local interstate construction project.

Marathon officials already planning if weather turns next year, too

An official with the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon said while things went about as well as they could with cancelling the finish of the race on Saturday, she said changes will be made in case mother nature causes more trouble in the future.