No leads in possible threats that brought lockdown to PBL schools

PAXTON — After two days of heightened security last week — and no legitimate leads about who made the threatening comments that led to a soft lockdown — things are back to normal at Paxton-Buckley-Loda schools.

Computer audit criticizes former employees' use

WATSEKA — Ex-employees of the now-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department spent an estimated 2,700 hours per year using their work computers for personal business, amounting to more than $81,000 per year in wasted taxpayer money, a forensic computer expert told the Iroquois County Board.

Area history, Sept. 3, 2015

Today is Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Council ends parking requirement for campus apartments

CHAMPAIGN — On-campus apartment buildings will no longer be required to provide parking, which the Champaign City Council hopes will discourage students from bringing cars to the University of Illinois.

But UI officials are afraid fewer spaces will only shift the burden from developers to university lots.

Backpack, shoe drive begun for Haitians

MAHOMET — As the school year gets underway, Mahomet-Seymour elementary students are lending a hand to kids in Haiti through a donation drive for backpacks and shoes.

This day in history, Sept. 3, 2015

Today is Thursday, September 3, the 246th day of 2015. There are 119 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 3, 1783, representatives of the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the Revolutionary War.

On this date:

Top of the morning, Sept. 3, 2015

News spread like an Illinois fastbreak (circa 2005) on Wednesday afternoon along Vine Street in downtown Arthur: Dee Brown had been booked as Saturday's "Ceremonial Cutter of the Cheese."

"Everybody I told, their face lit up," said Bruce Wood, president of the Arthur Area Association of Commerce. "Except a few of the Amish ladies who have never seen a basketball game before."

Thieves sought in string of car burglaries in DeWitt County

CLINTON — The DeWitt County sheriff's office is trying to find the culprits involved in 17 vehicle burglaries last weekend.

The office announced on social media this week that home-surveillance video captured images of three people thought to be responsible for burglaries early Saturday morning in DeWitt County.

Bill to keep state museum open clears house committee

SPRINGFIELD — With bipartisan support, a bill aimed at keeping the Illinois State Museum open cleared an Illinois House committee Wednesday.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has targeted the museum for a Sept. 30 closure, saying shuttering it could save the cash-strapped state $4.8 million a year.

Steering committee recommends Champaign County Historical Museum be closed

CHAMPAIGN — A steering committee studying the future of the Champaign County Historical Museum recommends that it be closed.