UI police looking for vandal who shot food at building

URBANA – Campus police are investigating vandalism apparently done by someone shooting food at a building.

University of Illinois police were called to the Astronomy Building, 1002 W. Green St., U, at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a report that someone broke a fanlight window above the entrance, according to a police report. Damage was estimated at $1,000, the report said.

Job recruiters offer cautionary tales

CHAMPAIGN – In job interviews, some things are better left unsaid.

But try as she might, Denise Forshier couldn't get that point across.

UI conference explores diversity

The University of Illinois reaffirmed its commitment to diversity and dialogue on campus Thursday at a conference that touched on everything from student activism to race relations.

Chancellor Richard Herman told an audience of faculty, staff and students in the Illini Union that the campus has made progress, "but there is still much to be done."

Church relocates banquet center to assist grocery store

DANVILLE – The Save-A-Lot grocery store on Griffin Street will be moving north later this month to a newly renovated building in Heavenly Square on the city's northeast side.

John Lamkin, vice president of merchandising for Kirby Foods in Champaign, said the hope is that the new location will serve a broader customer base.

Flex time lets middle school students spread their wings

DANVILLE – At South View Middle School, Jerry McGlaughlin spends most of the day teaching sixth-graders about grammar and punctuation, literary genres and devices and how to write complete sentences and effective essays.

But come 3 p.m., he starts doling out facts about animal anatomy and behavior, sounding less like a language arts teacher and more like a zoologist – or at least someone who knows his way around pets.

Some students use their lessons to beautify school

DANVILLE – Some South View Middle School students will use the horticulture and landscaping skills they learn in their "Green Machine" flex period class to spruce up the school.

The students already have been picking up trash and raking leaves and sticks around the school and in the five courtyards. In a couple of weeks, they hope to begin planting flowers in those areas.

Ex-NBA athlete's trial ends; verdict pending

DANVILLE – Former NBA player Keon Clark on Thursday acknowledged he didn't have a firearm owner's identification card on a night two years ago when police found a gun in his house.

But he claimed the weapon belonged to a woman with whom he had had a relationship, and that she had brought it over, waved it around and threatened to shoot someone that night.

Philo Road upgrades move forward

URBANA – The city is moving ahead with a plan to beautify Philo Road between Florida and Colorado avenues.

But the plan isn't going to come cheaply, with costs estimated as high as $650,000, and the city is likely going to have to borrow money to pay for it.

New Heartland branch going up on Philo Road

URBANA – Heartland Bank and Trust plans to build a new branch office on Philo Road this year, Executive Vice President Steve Drake said Thursday.

The bank has acquired property at 1812 S. Philo Road, just north of the CVS Pharmacy and in front of the former Jewel food store.

FutureGen official touts Mattoon site to Senate panel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – FutureGen Alliance Chief Executive Officer Michael Mudd still believes building one nearly zero-emission clean coal-burning power plant is an answer for global warming.

Mudd testified to a Senate subcommittee Wednesday that he believes regardless of the climate change policy approved by Congress, using carbon capture and sequestration will be necessary. And the quickest way to start using such technology is to build FutureGen in Mattoon, he said.