CHAMPAIGN – Representatives of Champaign's educational support personnel have scheduled a Jan. 29 meeting to assess progress of contract talks.
Tom Grimsey, president of the union representing about 480 district bus drivers, teachers' aides, custodial and food service and office workers, addressed school board members Monday, calling for them to avoid "a most certain strike by coming forth with a livable and equitable offer" for the support staff.
A college president, film director, author and former freedom rider are among the people featured in a strong lineup of programming in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday.
Parkland College President Dr. Zelema Harris is the featured speaker in the community 2005 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Friday at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, 1001 Killarney St., U.
DANVILLE – A Danville man was charged Monday in Vermilion County Circuit Court with reckless homicide in connection with an October car accident that claimed the life of an Oakwood woman.
Christopher Briggs, 38, of the 1100 block of Mabin Street in Danville, was charged with two counts of reckless homicide in the two-car collision the morning of Oct. 30 that killed LeeAnn Sprague, 30, of Oakwood.
CEC Entertainment has dropped plans to open one of its Chuck E. Cheese restaurants in Champaign, the Texas restaurant chain said.
The company last summer had a building permit for the commercial space at 2009 N. Prospect Ave., where the former Lands' End outlet store was located, and had planned to open a restaurant there in late 2004.
CHAMPAIGN – If convicted, a man accused of setting a fire at an ex-girlfriend's apartment and three juveniles accused of setting fires in North Champaign could all be required to register as arsonists under a new law in Illinois.
Area police and fire investigators think the new law will be a useful tool in trying to find people who set fires.
URBANA – Several area teachers joined an elite group this year, completing requirements to become nationally certified teachers. In Illinois this year, 412 teachers qualified, bringing the number of certified teachers in the state to 1,237.
Champaign school board members will recognize the new certified teachers at their 7 p.m. meeting today at the Mellon Building, 703 S. New St. They include Nancy Parker, who teaches at Champaign's Barkstall School; Bottenfield teachers Catherine Stallmeyer-Gerard and Anne Roth, Franklin Middle School teacher Shameem Rakha, Dr. Howard teacher Debra Stapleton and Edison Middle School teacher Cynthia Keller-Higgins.
URBANA – To start her composition, Molly Netter sat down at the piano and out came "ugly notes, mean notes."
Those notes were exactly what the 17-year-old Urbana High School junior was looking for to start "The Mechanical," the second movement of the prize-winning atonal wind quintet she titled "A Portrayal of Change."
CLINTON – Ecologically speaking, the state this fiscal year awarded a large goose egg in the way of ecosystem grants that have been promoted for the last several years by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
But conservation groups, park districts, landowners and others are being encouraged to apply again now, just in case. Application deadlines for the Conservation 2000 grants are the end of January for hard copy applications and Feb. 28 for online applications.
URBANA – Show Teresa Miles a family pet that's being cruelly abused, and she could often show you another tragedy going on inside the pet owners' home – violence among the people who live there.
That's because people who abuse animals often inflict the same cruelty on people, said Miles, a nurse and health care outreach coordinator for A Woman's Fund in Urbana.
SPRINGFIELD – In a vault deep in the state Capitol, surrounded by the contents of long-abandoned safe deposit boxes, Chris Vespa begins work each day. He never knows exactly where it will take him.
Vespa, who works for Treasurer Judy Baar-Topinka's Division of Unclaimed Property, is the investigator charged with tracking down the rightful owners or heirs to the items from those boxes, which have ranged from a person's cremated remains to military medals and baseball cards.