Faculty group backs suspended UI professor

URBANA – A controversial engineering professor shouldn't have been suspended without a hearing, a faculty group investigating Louis Wozniak's case argues.

Route cleared for extending Fourth Street to Windsor Road

CHAMPAIGN – Campus and city officials have tentatively agreed on a route for extending Fourth Street to Windsor Road on the University of Illinois south campus, though construction won't likely start until 2012.

King students celebrate start of renovation, expansion

URBANA – The 300 students at King Elementary School donned plastic hard hats and used child-sized shovels to move some dirt outside their school, in celebration of the beginning of a renovation and expansion project.

Program will help those interested in learning about mental illness

URBANA – Here's an opportunity to learn more about living with an illness that strikes one in four U.S. families, often starts in young adulthood and often goes untreated: mental illness.

Generations of Hope founder honored

WASHINGTON – Brenda Eheart, founder of Generations of Hope in Rantoul, was honored in the nation's capital Wednesday as an "Angel in Adoption."

U.S. Rep. Timothy Johnson chose Eheart for the award based on her advocacy of adoption and foster-care issues.

OSHA hits Tuscola plant with four citations, $81,900 fine

TUSCOLA – The Equistar Chemicals plant in Tuscola has been fined $81,900 and issued four safety citations following a March 22 explosion and fire at the plant.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the proposed penalties Tuesday. Equistar, a subsidiary of LyondellBasell Industries, has 15 business days from receiving the citations to respond.

Parkland trustee visits White House

CHAMPAIGN – A veteran Parkland College trustee met with Jill Biden and other community college leaders at the White House, where President Obama stressed the need for such institutions in the current and future economy.

Thomas Bennett, vice chairman of Parkland's board, was in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges.

Champaign couple claim beating was hate crime

CHAMPAIGN – Two women from Champaign say they were beaten up by three women in a campus bar early Sunday because they're gay.

Groundbreaking for Monticello hospital set for November

MONTICELLO – A groundbreaking for the new Kirby Medical Center in Monticello has been set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6.

The hospital received official word this week that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has committed to a $31.2 million loan needed for the project.

Senate candidate Kirk stops in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk said he backs extension of the Bush tax cuts when they expire at the end of the year. But he wouldn't say how he would vote if the only tax cuts on the table were for those making $250,000 or less.