URBANA – The cities of Urbana and Champaign are thinking again about trying to buy the local water system, now that German energy giant RWE has announced its intention to sell its U.S. and British water businesses.
RWE officials say they intend to divest themselves during 2007 of American Water, the parent company of Illinois American Water, either through a sale or through an initial public stock offering.
ROYAL – What happens in Royal won't stay in Royal.
At least not Monday night.
URBANA – Outdated chemistry labs with no central air-conditioning and insufficient electrical systems have hurt efforts to recruit faculty in biochemistry, says Charles Miller, director of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, which includes the Department of Biochemistry.
"It's almost impossible to recruit in competition with institutions with good, new space," said Miller, who believes the University of Illinois has lost some potential faculty members because of the condition of the labs in Roger Adams Laboratory.
URBANA – Rebuffed in Champaign, the CU Smokefree Alliance is now asking the Urbana City Council to consider banning smoking in public places.
And Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing said the city will hold at least one public hearing on the issue – though not right away.
URBANA – With King Park residents out in force Monday night, the Urbana City Council voted unanimously not to allow beer and wine sales at a proposed small grocery store near King Elementary School.
Doris Batts of 1103 W. Hill Street, U, was among the more than 50 residents who jammed city council chambers to urge rejection of a special-use permit proposal to sell beer and wine sought by the Happy Brothers Nine Corp.
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.
PAXTON – A Vietnamese-born professional musician, storyteller and photographer who makes his home near Loda is asking Paxton-Buckley-Loda schoolchildren to give up their used toys to raise money for schools in Vietnam.
Tinh Mahoney, who prefers to go by the name Tinh, and his wife, Jodi, have raised enough money through their Village School Foundation since 2002 to build one school in Ninhthuan, Vietnam. Tinh, 42, plans to spend two weeks there later this month getting another school started.
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.
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.