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 – The Urbana school board approved its fiscal year 2010 budget Tuesday night.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
URBANA – The traffic signals at 25 intersections in Champaign-Urbana are about to get a timing makeover aimed at reducing traffic accidents.
DANVILLE – As a senior cultural officer with the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Chicago, John Y. Lin has visited a number of American schools.