Woman sentenced to probation in burglary

URBANA — An Urbana woman who admitted her role in the burglary of a south Champaign home last summer was sentenced in March to three years of probation under a drug treatment program.

Ameren to clean century-old contamination at Belleville site

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Ameren Illinois says it will spend $35 million to clean a more than century-old contamination of tar and ash in Belleville.

UI faces May deadline for budget-cut preparation

URBANA — Campus administrators face a May deadline to figure out how to absorb an unprecedented state funding cut for next fiscal year, and they aren't pulling any punches.

Area history, March 31, 2015

Today is Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, March 31, 2015

Today is Tuesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2015.

There are 275 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute.

On this date:

Documents describe moments, aftermath of bus hitting pedestrian

CHAMPAIGN — Moments before a bus struck a pedestrian at Logan and Walnut streets in downtown Champaign last month, Betty Elliott was looking out the window from inside her coffee and tea shop at the same corner.

Nearly all early voting from Champaign

URBANA — The first day of remote site early voting in Champaign County resulted in 162 votes being cast Monday at the Meadowbrook Community Church in Champaign, more than the six other satellite sites combined.

Students back for home stretch at UI

University of Illinois students returned to campus Monday. Spring break's over. Now it's time for the home stretch of the 2014-15 academic year. But those final seven weeks won't all be classes, papers and tests. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY highlights five days on the UI calendar to watch for.

April 11

No conflict in race for two Parkland seats

Three men with three distinctive biographies are running for two seats on the Parkland College board in next Tuesday's election.

No matter who wins, the board will be without a representative from the large area north of Champaign-Urbana. And depending on who the winners are, the seven-member board could include five members from Champaign County.

Adams focuses on financial health of Danville schools

DANVILLE — For the last three years, the state has short-changed Danville schools by roughly $3 million in general state aid funding, which makes up about half of the district's operating revenues.

In addition, the district's equalized assessed valuation of property has fallen or, at best, stayed flat, and property taxes make up more than 30 percent of its income.