The first noticeable snowfall of the season had area police hopping early today. But no major injuries from any of the dozens of accidents were reported.
Sgt. John Wenzel of the Illinois State Police post at Pesotum said a car and a school bus collided on Illinois 47 south of Mahomet at 8:13 a.m. There were students on it but no one was injured. Wenzel said the car sustained far more damage than the bus.
Area deaths for Thursday, December 1, 2005
TUSCOLA – Plans to expand the Douglas County Jail have been put on hold after the county failed to get a federal grant that would have paid for most of the project.
Sheriff Charlie McGrew said he was disappointed when the county did not receive a $1.08 million federal Criminal Justice Authority grant to help pay for most of a proposed $1.2 million addition to the jail.
CHAMPAIGN – For Olga Gurova, the evolution of underwear provides a peek into cultural history.
The professor of cultural studies, a Fulbright scholar visiting the University of Illinois from Tver' State University in Russia, said she has spent several years studying underwear as "a method of revealing everyday experience."
CHAMPAIGN – Two weeks ago, P. Wee, a brown mixed-breed dog, was locked in an apartment in New Orleans – where he had been since Hurricane Katrina hit 2 1/2 months before.
He and another dog somehow managed to survive, so desperate for food they ate a sofa. P. Wee is so skinny, his ribs are clearly visible, and when he sits, every vertebrae protrudes underneath the skin along his back.
DANVILLE – The only thing Ray Sydnor ever wanted was to be a professional athlete.
On the eve of Superbowl XV in 1981, he was living his dream as a wide receiver for the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles. But decisions he made as a teen-ager began to destroy his career.
CHAMPAIGN – Residents who hope to save on heating bills this winter by turning down their thermostats will have somewhere to go during the day to keep warm.
The state has designated more than 120 state offices as daytime "warming centers" starting Thursday, including two in Champaign and one in Danville.
CHAMPAIGN – Looking for a Christmas present for a University of Illinois student or graduate? Want to remind someone how smart UI folks are?
The UI's Big Brains 2006 calendar is now available at the Illini Union Bookstore, Pages For All Ages and Borders in Champaign. The calendar also is available online from the Illini Union Bookstore, through the Beckman Institute Web site at www.beckman.uiuc.edu/bigbrains.html. The cost is $14.95.
More federal money will flow into University of Illinois food and agricultural research projects next year.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin stopped by the National Soybean Research Laboratory at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences on Monday to announce $3.7 million in new funding through fiscal year 2006 appropriations.
DANVILLE – If the 27 members of the Vermilion County Board fail to pass a budget Wednesday, then the county government enters uncharted territory in Illinois and would be in violation of state statute, according to legal opinion.
Based on research and advice from the Illinois attorney general's office, the county cannot incur any expenses or any debt in the new fiscal year without a budget in place, said State's Attorney Frank Young.