Meters in low-use areas to be adjusted

CHAMPAIGN – Motorists will get more time for their money in some infrequently used downtown Champaign parking meters.

Based on a study of parking meter usage, the Champaign parking operations staff identified seven areas with low occupancy rates, according to Shirl Johnson, supervisor.

UI President White says he had considered resigning

CHAMPAIGN – The president of the University of Illinois considered resigning this summer in the wake of admissions scandals, but decided the move would do more harm than good to the university.

B. Joseph White spoke to The News-Gazette editorial board Wednesday about the last three months of scrutiny, which he likened to living in a fishbowl, as well as about the end of Global Campus and budget problems with the state that have yet to be resolved.

Two UI trustees appointed by Quinn to lead reform

CHICAGO – The two newest University of Illinois trustees have no UI ties and didn't apply for the job.

C-U MTD keeps rolling ahead on green efforts

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is continuing to take "green" steps toward sustainability.

Members of the MTD board voted to endorse a sustainability action and commitment plan being sent to the American Public Transportation Association. In January, the district signed an agreement with the national group, committing to goals and basic principles to preserve the environment for the future while being socially responsible and maintaining economic vitality.

Campus police driving home safety message

URBANA – For more than 20 years, Skip Frost has watched pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists from his patrol car on the University of Illinois campus.

While the distractions to those groups may have changed over the years, the UI police lieutenant said the common-sense caveat he gives has not.

Man arrested after running from police

URBANA – A case of mistaken identity by police led to the arrest of a Champaign man Tuesday for possession of crack cocaine.

An Urbana police report said an officer was in the Circle K, 1821 S. Philo Road, U, about 10:20 a.m. when he saw a person he thought was wanted on a warrant. When he approached him, the man fled.

Danville council considers tax relief for two businesses

DANVILLE – City officials are working to finalize sales tax rebate agreements that will help two of the city's newest retailers, but only if the businesses remain in the community.

UI grad facing battery charges

URBANA – A recent University of Illinois graduate who was celebrating his last night in town will have to return to Champaign County for future felony court appearances.

Mark Hejney, 23, of Joliet was charged Tuesday with two counts of aggravated battery for kicking a police officer and slugging a business person earlier in the day.

Educators say Freshman House had positive impact in first year

DANVILLE – Danville school officials are giving high marks to the Freshman House program's freshman year.

On Wednesday, they reported seeing increases in the number of ninth-graders who earned sophomore status and the attendance rate, and a decrease in discipline problems.

Second installmant on property taxes due next week

URBANA – The second installment on Champaign County property taxes is due Tuesday. Champaign County Treasurer Dan Welsh said collection of property taxes so far is at 63.8 percent – up from 60.52 percent last year. "Only one year in the past 10 have they been above that," Welch said. "Things are going well."

Welch said first payment collections in 2005 were at 69.81 percent.