Westville school officials happy with state test results

WESTVILLE – School officials said Wednesday they are pleased overall with the results of the standardized tests district students took this spring, but want to see improvement in some areas.

Superintendent Jim Owens said all three district schools met their adequate yearly progress goals, but that the district as a whole did not because some students with learning disabilities did not perform well enough on the tests.

Solo Cup closing two plants; Urbana not on list

HIGHLAND PARK – Solo Cup Co. announced Tuesday it plans to close plants in Wheeling, Ill., and Leominster, Mass., as part of a concerted effort to reduce debt.

"These closures, which primarily affect our straw and cutlery product lines, will be managed to ensure no disruption to our customers," said Peter J. Mendola, Solo's senior vice president of manufacturing.

New transit district receives OK to take part in suit

URBANA – A judge has ruled that the new Champaign Southwest Mass Transit District can join in a suit against the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

Scott Tapley of Champaign, who is a member of the Champaign County Board, filed a suit in 2005 on behalf of residents of southwest Champaign for an injunction that would prevent the C-U MTD from voting to annex their land to the district.

Champaign City Council drops Section 8 protections

CHAMPAIGN – About 40 protesters didn't dissuade the city council Tuesday night from removing discrimination protections for holders of federal Section 8 rent subsidies from the city's human rights ordinance.

As expected, council members voted 6-3 to delete Section 8 housing vouchers and similar governmental rental subsidies from the definition of "source of income" in the human rights ordinance. The human rights ordinance prohibits discrimination based on source of income.

Restaurant reopens with new menu items, decor

CHAMPAIGN – Jen Grixti and Amro Zayed were going home for lunch Tuesday when they saw a sign saying Carmon's was open again.

They stopped in the restaurant at 415 N. Neil St., C, expecting to find much the same place they'd had breakfast in months ago.

Authorities look for skull used for classes

URBANA – University of Illinois anthropologists and police are looking for a human skull used for teaching purposes that's been missing from the anthropology department for about a month.

Steven Leigh, head of the anthropology department, said the skull was used in an undergraduate class on human osteology.

Veteran UI officer selected to lead Police Training Institute

The University of Illinois has named a veteran university police officer as the new head of its Police Training Institute.

Kris Fitzpatrick, currently interim chief for UI police, will assume the director's position at the institute on Nov. 16, pending approval by the UI Board of Trustees at its Nov. 14 meeting.

Provena institutes flight checklist as surgery prep

Your name? Check.

Kind of procedure you're here for? Check.

Your name matches your patient ID band? Check.

The inquiry continues as a medical team at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville prepares to begin a Caesarean section.

Problem gamblers can opt out of prizes

SPRINGFIELD – A new state program for problem gamblers helps remove temptation by making participants ineligible for major lottery prizes.

"The Illinois Lottery understands that while its games are meant to be a source of fun and enjoyment, we need to be conscious of those who may have a problem with compulsive play," said a statement from Jodie Winnett, acting state lottery superintendent. "By instituting the Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program, we are helping problem gamblers help themselves by limiting their incentives to buy lottery tickets."

Hoopeston teacher found innocent

DANVILLE – A Vermilion County jury found a Hoopeston teacher innocent Tuesday of obstructing justice charges that stemmed from a police investigation into fake currency.

Kelley Goodrum, 40, of Hoopeston, was charged with one count of obstructing justice and a second count of attempted obstruction of justice. The jury found her innocent of both Tuesday night after the one-day trial.