Two sheriff's officers to be added for St. Joseph festival

ST. JOSEPH – The village board has decided to contract for two additional sheriff's officers for the Fall Community Festival to be held Aug. 6, 7, and 8.

Trustee Scott Cousert said the Public Safety Committee thought that would be the best way to continue the family-oriented tradition of the festival.

Danville school officials reject offered Walgreen building

DANVILLE – After discussing it for about 18 months, Danville school board members on Wednesday rejected an offer to accept the old Walgreen Accounting building as a donation.

St. Joseph Middle School scores exceed state standards

ST. JOSEPH – Chris Graham, St. Joseph Middle School principal, said recently received results for the Illinois Standards Achievement Test showed most students scoring well above the state standards.

However, there were some concerns regarding fifth-grade writing scores. Graham said 57 students did not meet state standards in writing in the fifth grade. Of the 57 students, 50 were within one point of making state standards.

Tent city wants a place to settle, but officials skeptical

CHAMPAIGN – A survey of several city council members shows that most are either opposed to or highly skeptical of a suggestion that the city should lease a vacant city lot to the Safe Haven Tent Community so the group of eight homeless people can relocate there.

5 of 11 Danville schools fail to meet state standards

DANVILLE – While Danville schools officials continue to see improvement on high-stakes standardized test scores, they said the district and possibly six of its 11 schools did not meet tougher state learning standards in 2009.

Judge terminates most of Champaign consent decree

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district’s consent decree has been terminated for all areas other than three in which the plaintiffs in the case are seeking an extension.

Ex-UI trustees' chairman denies influencing admissions

CHICAGO – Suggestions that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich traded the chairmanship of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees for political favors surfaced Tuesday in testimony before a state panel investigating UI admissions practices.

Associates of Blagojevich told Trustee Larry Eppley in early 2003 that he was the governor's pick for chairman over Trustee Kenneth Schmidt, a Ryan appointee who was then acting chairman and a senior member of the board, Eppley testified Tuesday at a hearing in Chicago.

Champaign police investigating shooting

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are investigating a shooting that occurred in the north part of the city late Tuesday night.

Part of Myra Ridge in Urbana closed Thursday morning

URBANA — Weather permitting, Myra Ridge Drive just north of Windsor Road will be closed from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday to allow for the installation of a large diameter storm sewer

Volunteers defend tent city at Catholic Worker House

CHAMPAIGN – At a time of severe economic recession, Champaign city officials shouldn't be so quick to dismiss tent cities as a partial solution to homelessness, say two residential advisers at the Catholic Worker House.

Chris Watson, 22, a native of Tennessee, and Craig Kreutzer, 25, a part-time religious studies student at the University of Illinois, are among the residential volunteers who are supporting and watch over the Safe Haven Tent Community established several weeks ago in the backyard of the worker house at 317 S. Randolph St.