Changes in Catlin wastewater pipe OK'd

CATLIN – Village officials voted Tuesday to have some changes made to a 20-foot-long vertical pipe at the wastewater plant.

Currently, the 6-inch-wide pipe runs along a concrete wall, then turns at a right angle and tapers to 4 inches in diameter to connect with a wastewater pump that has a 4-inch port.

Artist's landscape on sale to benefit Danville schools

DANVILLE – The latest print in local artist Amy Chrisman's series of Vermilion County landmarks is now available through a fundraiser by the Danville Public School Foundation.

The giclee print features Danville High School, the school district's flagship school.

Westville school district receives bad news on testing

WESTVILLE – School officials learned Wednesday that too many high school and grade school students in the district performed poorly on standardized state tests last spring for their schools to meet the state's adequate yearly progress goals.

Judith Giacoma Elementary School failed to meet the goals in reading, and Westville High School failed to meet the goals in both math and reading. Judith Giacoma Elementary met its goals last year, but this is the second year in a row that Westville High has not.

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March set for today in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Young people from Champaign-Urbana will march and speak out today against police brutality and harassment.

Aaron Ammons, co-founder of C-U Citizens for Peace and Justice, said the group will march with students beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday starting at the Illinois Terminal, 45 E. University Ave., C, and ending at the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, 201 E. Park Ave., C.

UI student shares grand prize, nets $27,000

CHICAGO – A University of Illinois senior is $27,000 richer today, having shared the grand prize in the 2009 Collegiate Inventors Competition.

Stephen Diebold, 21, of Rolling Meadows was one of two grand prize winners named Tuesday. He was cited for his invention of the Drop Point, a device that helps quadriplegics with everyday tasks.

Camping revenues soar at Middle Fork Preserve

MAHOMET – All of the predictions about recession-related "staycations" proved true this summer for the campground at the Champaign County Forest Preserve District's Middle Fork Preserve near Penfield.

Forest preserve board members learned Monday that campground revenue this year probably will be the highest in at least seven years, if not in the history of the park.

Two brothers get 20 years in prison for selling heroin

URBANA – Citing a desire to send a strong message to drug dealers who prey on addicts, a Champaign County judge Wednesday sentenced two brothers to 20 years in prison.

Mark Motton, 46, whose last known address was in the 100 block of East Church Street in Champaign, and his brother, William Motton, 52, of Chicago, who last lived in Urbana, were convicted by a jury earlier this year of selling heroin in Champaign from Nov. 1, 2004, to Sept. 27, 2005.

Applicant files $5 million suit against UI

URBANA – A University of Illinois applicant has sued the university for $5 million over its now-discontinued "Category I" admissions system, a move administrators say they expected to happen.

Jonathon Yard of Taylorville, who was denied admission to the UI's Urbana campus, filed the class-action lawsuit Tuesday.

Jogger dies after collapsing in front of UI police station

URBANA – The Champaign County coroner said he's not sure what killed a University of Illinois student who collapsed in front of the UI police station Monday morning.

Coroner Duane Northrup said Vincent J. Clarkson, 20, of Elburn was pronounced dead at 10:17 a.m. at the Provena Covenant Medical Center emergency room in Urbana. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma nor any suspicion of meningitis. He said a cause of death would have to wait until toxicology tests are completed.