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Kankakee man headed back to prison for drunken driving

KANKAKEE – Terry Clark, the 45-year-old Kankakee man responsible for killing two Ogden sisters in a drunken driving incident 10 years ago, was sentenced Monday to the maximum prison term after many delays in a separate drunken driving case.

Assistant Kankakee County State's Attorney Mike Quinlan said Clark was sentenced Monday to 10 years for driving under the influence of alcohol. The prosecutor said Clark also was given a concurrent five-year sentence for driving with a revoked license.

Danville school district may update computers

DANVILLE – The Danville school district is considering a new computer software package – one officials say will make data entry more efficient and accessing everything from homework assignments to personal employee information faster and easier.

Board members on Wednesday will vote on whether to purchase student and financial applications from Wisconsin-based Skyward, which has offices in Bloomington. The cost, which will be available at the meeting, includes consulting services and training for local staff.

Danville company shows stamp of success

DANVILLE – When Dale Beck, originally from Lewisburg, Pa., was stationed at Chanute Air Force base during World War II, he met and later married Ruth Hand from the Danville area.

After the war, he encouraged his brother, Jacob Beck, to join him in Danville instead of returning to work on the family farm or going back to a nearby Chef-Boy-R-Dee plant.

Proponents see soccer team as cultural bridge in Arcola

ARCOLA – Soccer has always been an important part of life for 17-year-old Hugo Delarosa Jr.

It's a tradition in his family; in his Hispanic culture. A possible way to get a free ride to college after he graduates in 2009.

G-RF district fails to meet progress goals for 4th year

GEORGETOWN – School officials said Monday they are concerned that the district failed to meet its adequate yearly progress goals for the fourth year in a row, but steps are already being taken to try to better prepare students for the standardized state tests they will take this spring.

Each spring, elementary and middle school students across the state take the Illinois Standard Achievement Test, and 11th-grade students take the Prairie State Achievement Exam. The results allow school officials to see how their students compare with their peers statewide, as well as how they are progressing from year to year.

Events planned to help UI faithful get 'Orange Fever'

The University of Illinois this week will celebrate its 97th homecoming.

The theme: "Orange Fever."

Robbery suspect caught after chase, UI officer fires shot

URBANA – An Urbana man arrested early Sunday for robbing an acquaintance in that city is expected to make a court appearance this afternoon. And a University of Illinois police officer who fired his gun at the alleged robber following a pursuit has been placed on paid leave.

Sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said Gary McCall, 58, of the 100 block of Rowena Drive in Urbana reported that about 12:20 a.m., Jack A. Beasley, 36, who last listed an address in the 1000 block of Eastern Avenue, robbed him of his wallet and struck him in the face. Although injured, McCall did not go to a hospital. Ogle said the two men know each other.

Care-package coordinator receives honor

THOMASBORO – Ask Ruby Splittstoesser what she would do if she won the lottery, and she wouldn't blink before telling you she would spend it on troops overseas.

Many people might give a similar answer, but it's not difficult to believe Splittstoesser. She spends a great deal of her time and money on care packages for members of the military.

UI plans forum on stereotypes, hate speech

The University of Illinois will host a town-hall meeting Tuesday to discuss stereotype theme parties, racial epithets and hate speech.

The event will be from 7 to approximately 8:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Cafe of the Illini Union. Anyone is welcome.

Grant used to advance firefighters' safety

CHAMPAIGN – Mike Jannusch was sweating heavily as he sat down and researchers checked his pulse.

Jannusch, 24, an Urbana firefighter and former St. Joseph volunteer, had a heart rate of 186, which is not surprising since he'd just been through a series of drills, including climbing stairs, carrying fire hoses, searching a room where there was a simulated fire and other tasks.