URBANA – The horses are thin – you can see their ribs – but they seemed to be in good spirits.
Inside the University of Illinois large animal clinic Friday afternoon, protected from the wind, cold and impending sleet, a few horses munched on hay, and a few others nuzzled up to the edge of the stalls to sniff visitors.
CHAMPAIGN – Bruce Heck played several roles in his life: pastor, actor, novelist.
The Rev. Heck, 71, who died Thursday after a long illness, served in counterintelligence in the Army in the 1950s, graduated from Harvard Divinity School, served in Lutheran churches in the area, acted in plays, wrote plays and novels, delivered sermons and reported religion stories on WCIA.
URBANA – A Champaign man died accidentally from taking too much aspirin for his arthritis, according to evidence at a Champaign County coroner's inquest Thursday in Urbana.
Lawrence Foley, 50, of 402 W. Beardsley Ave., died at 10:02 a.m. Nov. 14, 2004, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Fabian. The cause of death was determined by a forensic pathologist to be salicylate intoxication, or aspirin poisoning, he said.
URBANA – A call center employing as many as 200 people is expected to move into part of the former Jewel store on Philo Road in Urbana next month, local development officials said.
CDG Management LLC plans to move into the building after Feb. 1 and hopes to start operations by Feb. 24, said John Regetz, economic development coordinator for the city of Urbana. The center will make calls on behalf of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, he said.
CHICAGO – University of Illinois juniors and seniors will pay 7 percent more in tuition next year, while incoming students will pay 9 percent more.
The UI Board of Trustees approved the increases at its meeting Thursday in Chicago. But some of the trustees questioned whether they had raised tuition enough.
URBANA – In a small room on the Carle Foundation Hospital campus, 9-month-old twins Kyle and Corey Segerstrom reach for toys and suck on their pacifiers, unaware of just how significant a moment in their lives this is.
For the first time, normal-level sounds in the form of electronic tones and soft-spoken voices are about to pierce the silent world in which they've been living since their birth.
CHICAGO – The University of Illinois Board of Trustees heard a presentation on the UI's updated master plan at its Thursday meeting in Chicago.
The update looks at how the UI might grow and change in the next 10 years, from commercial development to expansion of the research park and a more unified approach to landscaping.
URBANA – Calvin Peacock and Eric Hagerman were in the right place at the right time to save a trucker from being buried alive in salt last week.
Peacock, an equipment operator, and Hagerman, a maintenance worker, both work for the city of Urbana. Together, they rescued a driver for Heinz Brothers Trucking at the local salt reserves of the cities and county.
MAHOMET – A proposed revision to school district policy regarding the publishing of salary and benefit information dominated discussion by the Mahomet-Seymour school board.
Under the proposed revision, the district would publish the salary and benefit costs for all employees on the district's Web site and/or in a document kept in the superintendent's office.
Family members can give their soldiers a Valentine's Day present by trading old cellphones for precious minutes of phone time, or send valentines to soldiers through a local radio station.
Two Massachusetts children, 13-year-old Brittany Bergquist and her 12-year-old brother, Robbie, came up with the phone swap idea after they heard on the local news about a soldier who had run up a massive phone bill calling home from Iraq. They donated their snack money and went to the bank to open an account to buy soldiers phone time.