SPRINGFIELD – Republican Judy Myers and Democrat Mike Frerichs are set to battle it out in the 52nd District Senate seat, but will other local lawmakers get a free ride to re-election?
Myers, a former state senator from Danville, announced last week that she was running to succeed state Sen. Rick Winkel, R-Urbana, who is stepping down in January. Frerichs, the Champaign County auditor, announced his candidacy back in August.
CHAMPAIGN – High school coaches will be able to compare their athletes' physical movements with ideal movements, thanks to new software from Human Kinetics.
The Champaign-based multimedia company recently announced it has agreed to partner with Dartfish USA to develop and sell enhanced sports performance video software.
Montgomery's on the Square, a restaurant in downtown Monticello, will be under new ownership as of Monday.
A new menu is on the way and should be in place around Thanksgiving, said Rhonda Killiam, who is buying the restaurant at 108 Charter St. with her husband, Tony Sinkowsky.
URBANA – Kelly Kean walks to most of her classes on campus, and she says she's well aware of the dangers posed by vehicles and pedestrians sharing the streets.
"I've driven around campus, and it's horrible how people dash out in front of you and they're not even paying attention," said Kean, a University of Illinois junior. She recently had to slam on her brakes while driving on campus when someone walked out in front of her car.
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich intends to sign legislation establishing a separate corrections agency for juveniles, which would open in July.
The House approved the measure on Thursday, and the Senate followed suit Friday, sending it on to the governor's desk.
URBANA – The University of Illinois would have to spend $13 million on new equipment for its computer network to comply with a recent government order extending a wiretap law to e-mail and online communications.
And it would have to replace some brand-new equipment being installed as part of a $20 million, five-year computer network upgrade.
CHAMPAIGN – When school bands stopped playing in areas of the south hit by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it wasn't for lack of emotion. It was for lack of instruments.
Through an instrument fund drive, members of the University of Illinois Student Chapter of the National Band Association are trying to bring back the music.
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school administrators are taking a tough stance with students involved in a fight Friday morning at Central High School that resulted in five arrests and teachers being slugged.
"The superintendent has stated zero tolerance for this behavior. We had four teachers who were hit or shoved. We're not going to tolerate this for our staff," said Assistant Superintendent Beth Shepperd.
SPRINGFIELD – An attempt to override the governor's veto of a firearm transportation bill failed on Thursday.
The General Assembly passed legislation last spring that would prohibit municipalities from enforcing stricter gun transportation ordinances than state law currently requires. The governor vetoed SB 2104, saying it would weaken local gun laws.
URBANA – The city is demanding that the owners of the Home Run Food Mart in east Urbana hire an armed, licensed security guard to help quell recurring drug and violent crime problems at the store.
If the store at 1509 E. Washington St. doesn't have a guard on duty by Dec. 1 and working from 4 p.m. until after closing every night, the city intends to revoke the store's package liquor license, said Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing.