UPDATED: Some area roads slick, snowy

Light snow was falling in East Central Illinois Thursday morning and while no hazardous weather is forecast, the state says some area roads are slick.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Bill Emery said between 8:04 and 8:25 a.m., there were  three crashes on Interstate 74 on both sides of the highway at the Illinois Central overpass just east of the Market Place Mall on Champaign's north side. There were no serious injuries in any of the reports.

Police in town  were also responding to a few fender benders.

Wells Fargo's new Danville office set to open April 19

DANVILLE – The Danville office of Wells Fargo financial advisers will move to a new location and open for business at that new site on April 19.

The office will be in Suite 1 at 733 N. Logan Ave.

The business is moving out of 816 N. Gilbert St. because the office complex at that location will be torn down to make way for the new Walgreen's store that will be built at the corner of Gilbert and Fairchild streets.

Tuition increase on table at DACC

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College trustees said Tuesday they don't like the idea of hiking tuition.

However, they dislike even more the only other alternative they see in light of Illinois' financial crisis – cutting programs and services to students.

"It's important to keep DACC at the highest level possible, especially when the economy is down," Trustee John O'Rourke said during a discussion of a proposed $10 per credit hour tuition increase for in-district students.

Residents show support for threatened jobs at Urbana schools

URBANA – Residents provided an outpouring of support Tuesday for the Urbana school district's parent outreach coordinator at a public forum on budget cuts for the district.

The board room was packed, and many people spoke about how important Janice Mitchell is to the district and the community.

The district must cut $2 million from next year's budget, and her job is one the district is considering eliminating. But parents and students urged the district to find somewhere else to cut.

Bid process for Eagle Creek cleanup raises suspicions

The Eagle Creek Resort has been a sticky political and financial problem for the state of Illinois for the better part of 25 years, back to Gov. "Big Jim" Thompson and his desire, not unusual among governors, to build some part of his legacy.

Neil Street traffic to be affected by excavation

CHAMPAIGN – One lane of Neil Street in downtown Champaign will be closed during the day for most of next week while work crews install some fiber optic conduit.

Larry Creadon of contractor IHC Construction said a southbound lane of Neil Street between Springfield Avenue and Green Street will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day beginning Monday and ending March 5, weather permitting.

Community speaks out on proposed Urbana school budget cuts

URBANA – Community members spoke Tuesday night in support of several positions and programs that could be cut from the Urbana school district.

A public forum on budget cuts had a packed house. Many spoke in support of Janice Mitchell, the district's parent outreach coordinator. Her position is one that could be eliminated.

Others spoke in favor of Latino community liaison Lucia Maldonado, the C-U One-to-One mentoring program, and the minority enrichment program at Urbana High School.

Here's link to AP's Olympics page on Champaign's Kuck

The Associated Press's Olympics Web site has a page devoted to Jonathan Kuck of Champaign, who finished 8th Tuesday in the 10,000-meter speedskating competition.

Man who supplied gun in Watseka killing sentenced to nine years

WATSEKA — An Iroquois County judge on Monday sentenced a Watseka man to nine years in prison for his role in the death of a Watseka man.

Chad Walwer, 25, had pleaded guilty in December to unlawful possession of weapon by a felon, admitting that he brought a gun to McSki’s Lounge in Watseka on April 14 that Jeffrey Hite, 31, is accused of using to fatally shoot Roger McVay.

Little chance for elimination of legislative scholarships again

SPRINGFIELD — Even with severe state budget problems it appears it will again be difficult to eliminate the controversial General Assembly scholarships this year.

A special, three-member Senate subcommittee heard two nearly identical bills Tuesday morning that would eliminate the program that, according to Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, costs Illinois public universities $13.5 million a year in lost tuition and fee payments.