Former Vermilion prosecutor joins circuit judge race

DANVILLE – A former Vermilion County state's attorney announced on Wednesday he will seek the Republican nomination for circuit judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit in the February 2010 primary election.

"It's certainly been a dream and goal of mine," said Frank Young, of Danville, who was state's attorney for eight years and is now in private practice. "I think I'm at the point where I can bring an honest, straightforward and professional approach to the job. Being a judge is a very important job. You're affecting people's lives, their property, their freedom, and it takes a broad experience to do the job properly, and I think I can bring that."

Urbana school district approves budget

URBANA – The Urbana school board approved its fiscal year 2010 budget Tuesday night.

LS Power expected to acquire peaking plant in Tilton

TILTON – New York-based LS Power Group is expected to acquire the Tilton peaking plant from Dynegy Inc. as the result of an agreement reached last month.

Under that agreement, Dynegy agreed to sell five peaking plants and three natural gas combined-cycle facilities to LS Power, as well as Dynegy's interest in a project under construction in Texas.

Trustee: Savoy should take part in Unit 4 meeting

SAVOY – Village trustee Jan Niccum urged that Savoy be represented at Unit 4's first Key Communicator Network meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Bottenfield Elementary School.

"I think having someone from Savoy would be a real benefit for us," he said, noting Savoy is slated to have an elementary school built in town in the next couple of years.

Libertarians say voters should pick UI board

CHICAGO – The 1,500-member Libertarian Party of Illinois has renewed its support for legislation to permit voters to elect members of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Citing newspaper reports and the findings of the Illinois Admissions Review Commission about abuses in student admissions at the UI, the Libertarian Party said it "strongly feels that the results of the investigation and the tarnishing of the U of I's reputation is a result of the compromising of integrity by certain elected officials and their associates which, once again, leaves a black mark on Illinois.

Police investigating robberies in Urbana

URBANA – Police in Urbana are investigating two apparently unrelated robberies that occurred this week.

A police report said that about 7:30 p.m. Monday, a man entered the Family Pride Convenient Store, 708 S. Goodwin Ave., armed with a carpet knife. When the 28-year-old female clerk opened the register, the man grabbed cash from it.

Westville school officials OK budget plan with small deficit

WESTVILLE – School officials approved a $11.23 million spending plan for the 2009-10 fiscal year on Wednesday that includes a $10,000 deficit.

Superintendent Jim Owens said it was a good budget that was much closer to balancing than he initially had thought, thanks to fairly stable health insurance costs and an additional $140,000 expected from the state.

Vermilion County reading program winners named

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Museum Society has announced the winners of a drawing held for the "Celebrating Lincoln Summer Reading Program."

The reading program was held in 10 libraries and involved reading books about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War or Illinois history. Participants who read 12 to 24 books and returned their cards to the museum were placed in a drawing for prizes.

Re-timing of traffic signals could be first stage in overhaul

URBANA – The traffic signals at 25 intersections in Champaign-Urbana are about to get a timing makeover aimed at reducing traffic accidents.

East meets Danville as Taiwanese educators visit schools

DANVILLE – As a senior cultural officer with the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Chicago, John Y. Lin has visited a number of American schools.