Police ask for help on basketball-size rocks on I-57

THOMASBORO — State police at Pesotum are asking the public for help in finding the person or persons dropping rocks from an overpass onto Interstate 57.

Work planned on Goodwin Avenue on campus

URBANA — Drivers can expect some delays on a portion of Goodwin Avenue in Urbana on Thursday and Friday.

Work to close portion of Neil Street

CHAMPAIGN – A lane will be closed on a portion of Neil Street in Champaign for the next three days.

Work crews from Duce Construction will close one southbound lane of Neil Street between Columbia Avenue and Vine Street from 7:30 a.m. Wednesday through about 5 p.m. Friday for storm sewer repair work.

Herman resigns; Ikenberry, Easter to assume duties

URBANA – The University of Illinois made it official Tuesday: Chancellor Richard H. Herman will resign his campus leadership position effective Oct. 26 and return to teaching.

Meanwhile, Interim President Stanley Ikenberry and interim Provost Robert Easter will assume many of Herman's duties, possibly for several months.

New convention bureau director selected

CHAMPAIGN – Jayne DeLuce thinks her new job as executive director of the Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau should fit her well.

DeLuce, who is scheduled to start Nov. 16, said she has a "passion" for the community, a marketing background and a career tied to tourism.

Urban planner will speak at UI

CHAMPAIGN – An urban planner interested in regenerating depressed local economies will speak at 7 p.m. today at Plym Auditorium in Temple Buell Hall, which is one block east of South Sixth Street, between Taft Drive and Peabody Avenue, at the University of Illinois.

Trained as a planner and educated as a tavern keeper and brewmeister, Dan Carmody is president of Detroit's Eastern Market.

Artist who oversaw work not in favor of restoration

CHAMPAIGN – Angela Rivers couldn't imagine a huge mural being created today in north Champaign-Urbana like the one she helped create there in 1978. And she discourages folks who would like to see its restoration.

"It's dying very gracefully, like Leonardo da Vinci's 'Last Supper,'" Rivers said.

Suspicious fire at vacant house under investigation

BONDVILLE – The Bondville Fire Department has asked the state fire marshal's office to investigate the cause of a suspicious fire Monday afternoon at a vacant rural Bondville farmhouse.

Firefighters from the Bondville, Seymour, Corn Belt and Eastern Prairie fire departments were called to a two-story home at 1315 N. Rising Road, about a quarter mile north of Bradley Avenue, at 3:03 p.m.

National Gallery of Writing opens online today

URBANA – Nearly 10,000 pieces of writing have been submitted to the online National Gallery of Writing, which will open at 11:01 a.m. today.

Online viewers may search the submissions by title; gallery; topic; author; author's city, state, country and age; purpose of the composition; technology used to create it; format, and audience for the piece.

Tax delinquency has increased, treasurer says

URBANA – In another indication of the troubled local economy, more people are behind in their property tax payments than at any time in the last 10 years, according to Champaign County Treasurer Dan Welch.