UI trustees unanimously vote for tuition increase

SPRINGFIELD — University of Illinois trustees unanimously voted for a 6.9 percent tuition increase — equal to 2.7 percent over each of four years — despite a student trustee’s noting that the school could be outpricing its own students.

Farmer City rejects engineering proposal

FARMER CITY – Council members rejected a $23,500 engineering proposal from Farnsworth Group and will seek alternatives to bring water to South Park.

St. Joseph won't sell 'Boy Scout' building

ST. JOSEPH -- The village is not going to sell the "Boy Scout" building, across the street from Village Hall on Lincoln Ave.

Westville budget includes raises for most workers

WESTVILLE -- Village officials unveiled a tentative spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year on Tuesday that includes a pay raise for most village employees and money for some road-patching equipment.

Campustown Fire

Dena Schumacher, Champaign Fire Department spokeswoman, gives a press conference on Green Street. near the site of the fire.

Ameren set to charge up electric vehicles when public's ready

URBANA -- Ameren Illinois says its system is ready to charge electric vehicles whenever the public is ready to drive them.

With gas prices hovering around $3.50 a gallon, that time may come sooner than later.

Campustown Fire March 23 2011

Scene of the fire at 631 E. Green St in Champaign, March 23, 2011

UI's Berenbaum wins major science honor

URBANA -- A top University of Illinois scientist who has dedicated her career to helping people understand bugs and biology has won a prestigious award for environmental science, which carries a $200,000 prize.

Third floor of fire-struck buildings will be demolished

UPDATED 5:50 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN — The city of Champaign and the owners of three Campustown buildings have agreed to demolish the third floor area of three buildings damaged by fire on Wednesday.

60-year-old housing complexes to be torn down

CHAMPAIGN -- Two low-income housing complexes in Champaign-Urbana will be torn down possibly as soon as next winter to make way for new housing.

Slated to be demolished are Joann Dorsey Homes, a 67-unit complex at Bradley and McKinley avenues in Champaign, and Dunbar Court, a 26-unit complex at 1208 N. Wright St., U.