UI presidential search on fast track

Officials want Easter's successor to help choose Chicago chancellor

The selection of a new University of Illinois president has been accelerated, with plans to name Bob Easter's successor before Thanksgiving.

Cities hit by settlement in AT&T case

CHAMPAIGN — A years-old mistake by AT&T will cost the cities of Champaign, Urbana and hundreds of other municipalities around the state millions of dollars during the next year.

Dog's fate in hands of hearing officer

RANTOUL — Harvey the mastiff-pit bull mix is a friendly dog that enjoys playing with children, loves frolicking with other dogs in his home and is not a threat to anyone.

Harvey the mastiff-pit bull mix is an aggressive dog that attacked another dog walking down the street with his masters and should be put down.

This day in history: July 12, 2014

Today is Saturday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2014. There are 172 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket.

On this date:

Top of the Morning, July 12, 2014

It's a big weekend for these two area youngsters:

AARON PINKERTON, St. Thomas More, Class of 2012

In the "Coolest Jobs" category, standard bearer at a PGA event ranks right up there.

Fisher Fair Lawn Mower Demo Derby 2014

The lawn mower demolition derby at the Fisher Community Fair in Fisher on Friday, July 11, 2014. 

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Fisher Fair Lawn Mower Demo Derby 2014

The lawn mower demolition derby at the Fisher Community Fair in Fisher on Friday, July 11, 2014. 

Buckley sets fee, rules for renting lake property

BUCKLEY — The village board agreed to require a $100-per-day fee be paid for renting the village lake property.

The board also agreed that a written agreement with a set of guidelines concerning the use of the lake property should be adopted. Village Clerk Jim Biggs will draft some ideas for consideration by the board in August.

In other business:

Schools approve contract for police officer

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph-Ogden High School, Prairieview-Ogden and St. Joseph Grade School and Middle School recently approved the contract for their student resource officer.

Sheriff's Deputy Alicia Maxey splits her time among the three districts. SJ-O pays 70 percent of her contract because she spends the majority of her time at the school.

Farmer City updates nuisance code

FARMER CITY — The city council amended language to the city ordinance code to better address nuisances, something that hadn't been done since 1987, city manager Larry Woliung said.

Nuisances included in the new code, which took effect immediately, now include:

— Any place harboring varmints or rodents

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