Man given city ticket in Urbana for leaving dog in car unattended

URBANA – A chocolate Labrador retriever was rehydrated and cooled before being returned to its owner earlier this week.

No progress in mediator session in Champaign school district, support staff union

CHAMPAIGN – The first session with a federal mediator was less than productive for the Champaign school district and its support staff union.

The two parties met Monday with a mediator from Indianapolis. But it didn't go well, said Gene Vanderport of the Illinois Education Association, who is negotiating for the support staff union.

Life Remembered: Beloved prof had many talents

URBANA – Professor Jim Hurt was so good at so many things that others marveled at his naturalness.

"He made life seem like the most natural thing in the world," said former English department head Dennis Barron, whether Hurt was singing, declaiming poetry or loping down the steps of the English Building.

Decision Thursday on putting county board size to advisory vote in November

URBANA – Champaign County Board members are scheduled to vote Thursday on a resolution that would allow voters to choose whether they would like to see the county board trimmed from 27 members to 22.

Champaign launches construction at Garden HIlls and Washington schools

CHAMPAIGN – It wasn't exactly ideal weather for construction work, but two building projects in the Champaign school district are now officially under way.

Area escapes major damage from major thunderstorms

Rivers overflowed their banks from Monticello to Milford on Tuesday following a series of rains.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Sangamon River in Piatt County until 1 p.m. Sunday.

According to the weather service, the water level on the river at Monticello was 13.9 feet at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. The flood stage is 13 feet.

Danville working with owners of building with structural problems

DANVILLE – City officials are working with the owners of a downtown building to determine whether structural problems should be addressed by tearing it down or making repairs.

'Culture change' in UI administration, services could save tens of millions

CHICAGO – Cutting or combining administrative offices and services like information technology and purchasing could save the University of Illinois $50 million to $60 million over the next two or three years, according to a report obtained by The News-Gazette.

Residents moving in to JSM facility in Normal

NORMAL – Residents are beginning to move into Uptown Crossing, the five-story mixed-use project in Normal coordinated by Champaign-based JSM Development.

Residents began to move into the upper three levels late last week, said Jill Guth, JSM's director of development. Exterior work is expected to be completed in the next few weeks prior to full occupancy in August.

DACC trustees approve bid for computers, networking

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College will continue to improve technology on campus this summer.

Trustees on Tuesday awarded a $78,836 bid to Zhai Network Parametrix for 70 Lenovo desktop computers, 70 monitors and 12 laptops. The equipment will be installed in four existing computer labs throughout the main campus.