3 UI inventors to get shot at $30,000 honor

URBANA – Three University of Illinois students have been chosen as finalists for the $30,000 Lemelson MIT-Illinois Student Prize to be awarded March 9.

The prize is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated "remarkable inventiveness and innovation."

This year's finalists are:

Savoy must decide on school police officer cost

SAVOY – Village board members have until March 1 to decide if they want to continue an agreement with Champaign to share the cost of Unit 4 school resource officers.

Wisconsin firm edges Champaign company for prize

CHICAGO – ImBed Biosciences of Madison, Wis., won the $10,000 Propel Business Plan Competition last week, edging out a Champaign-based company and four other firms.

Reports to police

Area police report the following:


– 2800 block of Campbell Drive: Home broken into, door damaged and television stolen Friday.

– 1200 block of West Anthony Drive: Debit card stolen Feb. 16; reported Sunday.

– 900 block of Pomona Drive: Front license plate stolen off vehicle Saturday; reported Sunday.

Sexual assault reported on campus

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are looking for information related to a sexual assault Feb. 13 near the University of Illinois campus.

Publishers say chain made several mistakes

CHAMPAIGN – Area publishers that do business with Borders Group said the bookstore chain made several missteps leading to last week's bankruptcy filing.

First off, Borders allowed to handle its online sales, limiting Borders' ability to develop its own online store, said Human Kinetics CEO Brian Holding.

1867 Society draws UI student donations

URBANA – Most students don't have a lot of extra cash, but they're giving to the University of Illinois anyway, through a project called the 1867 Society.

Victoria Frobish, a junior in agricultural communication, is vice president of the society.

Danville mayor candidates: Rickey Williams Jr.

Editor's note: The News-Gazette interviewed the five candidates in Tuesday's primary race for mayor, asking them about areas critical to the city. Articles on each candidate will appear on the following days:

City officials again consider Judah Christian move

CHAMPAIGN – The city council wants another chance to consider Judah Christian School's plan to relocate to the western edge of the city, a proposal council members already defeated in January.

Local publishers not greatly affected by Borders bankruptcy filing

CHAMPAIGN – Local publishers say Borders bookstores accounted for an increasingly small share of business as the company's financial problems escalated.