URBANA – A Champaign County judge has ordered the county and one of the contractors for the new nursing home to arbitrate unresolved issues.
The effect of Judge Jeff Ford's ruling is to put on hold a lawsuit filed by the county last May against the Peoria-based Farnsworth Group.
CHAMPAIGN – A project to provide educational, vocational and recreational opportunities to children in the Garden Hills neighborhood, beginning this summer, conflicts with a plan to put air conditioning in Garden Hills Elementary School.
The Champaign school board enthusiastically supported the joint initiative of the school district, city of Champaign and the park district to provide youth programs in the Garden Hills area.
RANTOUL – Chanute Air Museum President Jim Eldridge says he is excited about a new exhibit about the dream of flight, scheduled to open on April 5.
He just hopes the museum has enough money to pay its bills until that date.
GEORGETOWN – School officials learned Monday that Mary Miller Junior High School had been recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education for its academic performance.
Mary Miller Junior High Principal Lisa Gocken said she recently learned that the school had received an Academic Improvement Award from the state board of education because of the students' performance on the standardized tests in 2007.
MATTOON – The Illinois House appears to be united in its support for keeping FutureGen in Mattoon.
Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, last week introduced a resolution asking Congress to reverse the Department of Energy's decision to pull the plug on FutureGen.
DANVILLE – The trial of a man accused of shaking 2 1/2-year-old Reagan Williams to death in 2006 has been postponed until this summer.
Ryan Allhands, 23, of Tilton was scheduled to stand trial this week on four counts of first-degree murder stemming from Reagan's death on July 2, 2006. But on Monday, a judge granted a defense motion to continue the trial, Vermilion County State's Attorney Frank Young said.
DANVILLE – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will be receiving some local help this week when Danville Neighborhood Development Manager John Dreher leaves on vacation Wednesday.
Dreher, 53, plans to spend the week in Dayton, Ohio, campaigning for the Illinois senator before the primary election there on March 4.
DANVILLE – Two individuals with an interest in redeveloping Bresee Tower plan to meet next week with local officials to discuss the building.
"They've expressed serious interest from the beginning," said Rachael Dietkus, director of Downtown Danville Inc., the downtown business association that has taken the lead in finding a developer for the vacant building.
CHAMPAIGN – The city, school board and park district are planning an ambitious program, starting this summer, to provide both educational and recreational opportunities for youths in the Garden Hills neighborhood in northwest Champaign.
The one-year $218,000 pilot program represents an unprecedented attempt by the governmental agencies to address the needs of some 600 youths in Garden Hills, where city officials saw increasing incidents of large unruly gatherings of youths, fighting and violent crime last summer before intervention efforts began to have an effect.
CHAMPAIGN – Want to know what's important to eighth-graders? Listen to their podcasts.
For Dunia Nadhimi, it's wearing her head scarf, part of her identity as a Muslim. It's not easy being the only girl wearing a scarf in her school. She didn't like the way the other kids looked at her at first, but now most are accepting.