UI faculty has tradition of involvement in administration

URBANA – It's the University of Illinois Board of Trustees who will decide the fates of a president and a chancellor in the wake of the admissions controversy, but faculty have a tradition – and some statutory basis – for sharing in the decision.

When the Urbana faculty/student senate voted 98-55 to recommended "an orderly transition" of power at its Sept. 14 meeting, it sent a message that trustees will consider at their Nov. 12 Springfield meeting – if there isn't an emergency meeting first.

Provena's tax case might affect hospitals across state

URBANA – The six-year legal battle that began with an accusation that Provena Covenant Medical Center isn't charitable enough to be tax-exempt will enter its final chapter Wednesday, with a long-awaited hearing before the Illinois Supreme Court.

And some think there's a lot more at stake then whether one hospital in Urbana winds up with a $1 million-plus property tax bill in the mail every year.

New structure in Mahomet is 'piering' at possibilities

MAHOMET – A $197,000 fully accessible fishing pier will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Champaign County Forest Preserve District's newest park, the River Bend Forest Preserve south of Mahomet.

The aluminum "possibility pier," which was designed for disabled fishers but is open to the able-bodied as well, was built with $82,167 in grant funds from the Kellogg Foundation and the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, with the remainder coming from forest preserve district. The project at River Bend is one of three area fishing pier projects for the disabled that have been funded by the partnership. One pier at Urbana's Crystal Lake Park is already open, and plans for another, at Kaufman Lake in Champaign, are being developed.

Local group joining in on global yoga day for equinox

URBANA – Amara Yoga & Arts will join the global Mala Yoga Day on Sunday, United Nations International Peace Day, by performing sun salutations for peace.

"The fall equinox is a perfect time to honor the sun with sun salutations," said Amara yoga teacher Maggie Taylor. "It feels great to be part of something happening all over the world."

Three banks with area ties given 'problematic' ratings

Three banks with ties to East Central Illinois have been rated "problematic" by the BauerFinancial bank rating service, based on June 30 data.

CIBM Bank, which does business locally as Central Illinois Bank, was downgraded from 3-star ("adequate") to 2-star ("problematic") in the ratings released last week. So was tiny Arcola Homestead Savings Bank.

It's Your Business: Taxi/charter firm taking new route

Thomas Parker of Champaign has started a new taxi and charter business called Green Transport.

For those of you keeping track of your carbon footprint, he offers rides in-town and out-of-town in a flex-fuel-converted Chevrolet Astro Van. That means he can fill up the tank with E85, fuel that contains 85 percent ethanol.

Florida Avenue patching set to take place next week

URBANA – Street patching will close parts of Florida Avenue next week.

The city is doing patching work on concrete on Florida Avenue between Anderson Street and Philo Road.

Developer sets sights on Champaign site for condos

CHAMPAIGN – Real estate developer Dan Hamelberg said he has been acquiring property near the city's Second Street Reach project with hopes of building apartments – and possibly condominiums – near it.

The massive Boneyard Creek detention project, already under way, is expected to create a huge pond and park-like section in the area where Second Street once extended from University and Springfield avenues.

Urbana council members to discuss broadband options

URBANA – Mayor Laurel Prussing is interested in the possibility of a city-operated broadband Internet service in Urbana.

Council members will discuss the issue, but take no action, at their meeting set for 7 p.m. Monday at the council chambers, 400 S. Vine St., U.

Rare Franklin edition to join UI library's stacks

URBANA – When he wasn't busy founding a country, studying electricity and inventing bifocals and a stove, Benjamin Franklin was also one of the top printers in what became the United States.