Routine items up for discussion in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A number of routine items face the Champaign City Council on Tuesday night, including a contract to demolish auxiliary buildings adjacent to a century-old ice house on North State Street, an extension of the deadline to redistrict council boundaries, and approval of a yard waste collection contract.

Work will reduce Windsor to one lane

Windsor Road in Champaign between Duncan and Staley will be down to one lane later this week for soil sampling.

The Illinois Department of Transportation's geotechnical and maintenance units will close the eastbound lane of Windsor over I-57 on Wednesday and the westbound lane on Thursday .

Urbana to consider zoning amendment

URBANA — The Urbana City Council, which normally meets on Mondays, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday.

Council members will begin their evening with a closed session to discuss collective bargaining issues.

Friday Forum series to address public education

CHAMPAIGN — This fall, the University YMCA's Friday Forum lecture series will address the subject of public education, the relationship between education and society and the challenges of improving education.

Friday Forum is a free, weekly lecture series open to the public and held during the fall and spring semesters.

Hoopeston National Sweet Corn Festival - 2011

Images from the The National Sweet Corn Festival on Sunday at McFerren Park in Hoopeston, Illinois.

Workers begin restoration project on cemetery's oldest stones

LODA — For more than 100 years, the 19th-century tombstones of two young twin boys remained buried beneath their parents' gravestone in one of the oldest parts of Pine Ridge Cemetery.

GCMS welcomes students' electronic devices

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School students will soon find that personal technology devices such as cell phones will be welcomed instead of banned from their classroom.

It's Your Business: Bookstore taking spot at mall in Danville

A bookstore is returning to the Village Mall in Danville, occupying the same spot where the Waldenbooks store once operated.

A Novel Idea, owned by Jackie Hickman of Danville, is expected to open Oct. 1 and feature a collection of more than 20,000 new and used books as well as pottery, paintings, jewelry and gift items.

More campus-related apps worth checking out

Some of the other apps for the University of Illinois community, whether you live in the dorms or not:

n Heather Rae Murphy of the University of Illinois Library suggests the Library Helper App (for Android).

UI has all sorts of apps to help dorm dwellers stay plugged in

University of Illinois students who live in the residence halls have more options to rarely leave their rooms.

Want to know how many calories there are in the lemon mist cake in the cafeteria? Want to see if there's a dryer free? Check on a package?

Kirsten Ruby, who works in UI Housing as assistant director for marketing, says there's an app for that.