Chancellor asks for memo of understanding

URBANA – University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman has asked a faculty and staff committee to come up with a new memorandum of understanding between the university and the donors of a controversial new initiative on campus.

The Academy on Capitalism and Limited Government Fund was established in the summer of 2006 but not launched publicly until last month with an event in the Illini Union featuring Robert Novak and Steve Forbes. Its mission is to promote and advance, through grants, the research and teaching of free market capitalism, limited government, individual rights and responsibilities, and enterprise and entrepreneurship.

UI crop science program to share in $2 million grant

URBANA – A new bequest to the University of Illinois crop science program will encourage students to study plant breeding, a science at the heart of advances in agriculture.

"The demand is escalating," said UI crop science department head Robert Hoeft. "Seed companies are involved in putting traits into seed; that requires people with knowledge and that affects the number of people seed companies need."

Eisenhauer files to run for Black's seat

SPRINGFIELD – Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer has officially entered the race to replace retiring state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville.

Eisenhauer filed his 104th District nominating petitions with the State Board of Elections on Monday, the final day to register. He faces Danville Alderman Terry Baldwin in the Feb. 5 Republican primary. Baldwin also is a teacher in Urbana. No candidates filed to run in the Democrat primary, but the party could still slate someone before the general election next November.

Sheriff's department to get help fighting bacteria

DANVILLE – For about the last year, the Vermilion County sheriff's office has been taking precautions to control incidents of the MRSA bacteria that can lead to deadly infections in humans.

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the Vermilion County jail has had to treat inmates with the bacteria, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, in the last year.

Officials OK more water treatment in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN – City officials voted Monday to provide additional treatment to the wastewater discharged from the sewer plant on Mill Street.

Georgetown City Council members voted to have Buchanan Industrial Controls of Mount Zion provide and install pumps, valves and electrical controls to add chlorine and sodium bisulfite to the wastewater automatically as it leaves the plant, at a total cost of about $43,640.

Students hosting soup lunch for disabled vets

DANVILLE – Some Edison Elementary School fourth-graders will serve up soup Monday to raise money for disabled veterans.

The public is invited to attend the burgoo lunch, which will be held at the Edison gymnasium, 2101 N. Vermilion St., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Boy who used pepper spray gets supervision

URBANA – A 15-year-old Champaign boy who sprayed pepper spray at Urbana Middle School almost a year ago was sentenced Monday to 18 months of court supervision.

The sentence means the youth, described by the administrator of the READY school as a "model student," will have no record of a conviction if he successfully completes his period of supervision.

Ad expense upsets Vermilion County officials

DANVILLE – Some members of the Vermilion County finance committee were upset Monday night that a $63,000 expense to publish property tax assessments was not anticipated.

Recently, the county published property tax assessments in four Vermilion County newspapers, as required by Illinois law every four years. The Vermilion County finance committee asked at Monday night's meeting why money had not been set aside in the current budget for an expense that comes around every four years.

TechTour gives residents chance to learn about new projects

Last week area residents had a chance to board a bus and tour Champaign, Urbana and the University of Illinois to see what's new in the area. If you weren't on the bus for techTour, here's a sampling of what you missed.

UI student puts modern twist on retro math tool

All the cool technology available these days, and Greg Schechter makes a name for himself in high-tech circles nationally with a slide rule.

OK, it's a virtual slide rule that won Schechter a competition called Yahoo University Hack Days.