Academically, Nebraska is a 'good fit' for Big Ten

URBANA – Fifty years ago, the Big Ten presidents formed an organization to promote academic collaboration among their member universities.

Franchisee will await better location, timing for next Kentucky Fried Chicken in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – The Kentucky Fried Chicken on North Prospect Avenue closed recently because the franchisee wants to find a better location north of Interstate 74.

The restaurant at 1308 N. Prospect Ave., C, ceased operations at the beginning of June, said Joseph Adams, director of human resources for the franchisee, Clinton-based Bartlett Management Service.

Fire does at least $150,000 damage to Danville business

DANVILLE - Danville fire officials were still on the scene Friday night battling a fire that started in a pole barn at a longtime business on Voorhees Street.

The fire department got the call at 2:14 p.m. Friday to respond to Bob's Market and Greenhouse, 1124 E. Voorhees St., a retailer that sells fruits, vegetables and garden and landscape supplies.

Hot summer? Not necessarily, even after fourth warmest spring on record

CHAMPAIGN – If you're dreaming of the dog days of summer – and lots of them – Mother Nature may not be so inclined to cooperate.

Illinois just finished its fourth warmest spring on record, but that doesn't mean a red-hot summer is around the corner.

Catlin board OKs sale of bonds, but districts hopes not to use them

CATLIN – School officials cleared the way for the sale of up to $1.13 million in working cash bonds on Thursday, but Superintendent Gary Lewis said he hoped the district would not have to sell them.

Lewis described the possible sale of the working cash bonds as a contingency plan in case the state fails to pay the district what it owes.

UI, bargaining unit reach contract in 'full awareness' of economic times

URBANA – The 350 members of the Visiting Academic Professionals, a bargaining unit with the Association of Academic Professionals, have approved a two-year contract that sets a minimum salary and gives some members a refund on parking fees.

State to begin work on overpass over I-57 west of Champaign on Monday

PARIS, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that, weather permitting; work is scheduled to begin Monday for the cleaning and painting of the bridge carrying the Norfolk Southern Railroad over Interstate 57 just west of Champaign.

Danville firefighters at scene of fire on East Voorhees Street

DANVILLE — Danville firefighters are on the scene of a fire at Bob’s Market & Greenhouse, 1123 E. Voorhees St.

Police are rerouting traffic on East Voorhees Street because heavy smoke from the fire is obstructing visibility.

Pet of the Week Quarry Cat

Quarry Cat is a 2 year old black and white neutered cat, playful and friendly,available at the Champaign County Humane Society.

Vote costs Black his GOP leadership position in General Assembly

DANVILLE — A vote for a controversial state borrowing plan has cost Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, his Republican leadership position in the Illinois House.

Black said Friday he was demoted in a face-to-face meeting by House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego.