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Study shows tougher driving rules for teens are working

SPRINGFIELD – Tougher teen driving laws can significantly reduce the number of fatal crashes involving 16-year-olds, according to a study released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

"Motor vehicle crashes remain the No. 1 cause of death for teens in the United States, and roughly 1,000 16-year-old drivers are involved in fatal crashes each year," said a statement from AAA Chicago President Brad Roeber. "This study was commissioned to understand the ability of legislation to make a difference on teen driver safety."


Snowstorm intensifies Sawgrass entrance headaches

CHAMPAIGN – Mike Walsh was shoveling his driveway in the Sawgrass subdivision Wednesday morning, and he was nearly done.

At the end of his driveway at 821 Bluegrass Lane was a prize of sorts. A red GMC Envoy had gotten stuck in the snow the evening before and now it was blocking most of his driveway. Walsh had no idea who owned the vehicle.


UI students file suit to save Chief

URBANA – Two University of Illinois students who portray Chief Illiniwek took legal action today to bar the NCAA from imposing sanctions on the university – and stop the UI from eliminating the Chief.

A lawsuit filed this morning in Champaign County Circuit Court alleges the NCAA's actions violate state law and the students' constitutional rights of academic freedom, freedom of speech and freedom of expression.


Former AT&T exec, UI graduate named IBHE chairwoman

SPRINGFIELD– Former AT&T Illinois President and University of Illinois graduate Carrie Hightman was named chairwoman of the Illinois Board of Higher Education on Wednesday.

She replaces James Kaplan, who announced his retirement from the board on Friday.


Sledding cure for cabin fever

The hills – all three of them – were alive with the sounds of laughter on Wednesday afternoon, as children, teens and parents took advantage of blue skies, white surfaces and empty schools to grab their sleds and head outdoors.

"My daughters were just dying to get here," said Pauline Loomis of Champaign. After a day indoors playing board games, Alyson Wagner, 7, and Jessica Wagner, 8, were ready for the rush of winter cold.


Study shows tougher teen driving rules working

SPRINGFIELD – Tougher teen driving laws can significantly reduce the number of fatal crashes involving 16-year-olds, according to a study released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety..

"Motor vehicle crashes remain the No. 1 cause of death for teens in the United States, and roughly 1,000 16-year-old drivers are involved in fatal crashes each year," said a statement from AAA Chicago President Brad Roeber. "This study was commissioned to understand the ability of legislation to make a difference on teen driver safety."


Pay rules for snow day draw UI workers' ire

URBANA – University of Illinois administrators plan to review how they will pay employees who worked – and who didn't – on the snow days this week.

For the first time in decades, the University of Illinois canceled classes Tuesday and Wednesday because of snow, and asked only "essential" or emergency employees, such as snow plow drivers or police officers, to work those days.


Flowers delivered and dinner served despite weather

CHAMPAIGN – It seems love really does conquer all.

Even slippery roads and great big mountains of snow.

It was Valentine's Day, after all, and so many lovebirds had dinner reservations to keep. They had flower deliveries on order.


Two deaths reported, linked to clearing snow

DANVILLE – The bad weather has played a role in the deaths of two Vermilion County men.

Catlin resident Brian Pirie, 47, died of a massive heart attack Friday night after shoveling snow. Westville native Duane Lutchka, 71, died of a heart attack Tuesday while plowing snow.


Skiers, snowmobilers take joy in white stuff

KICKAPOO STATE PARK – Kids with sleds aren't the only ones who can find joy in a blizzard.

Brian Klugow, 42, of Westville was hoping Vermilion County would get its share of snow from this week's storm.


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