Brothers, both Vietnam veterans, to get high school diplomas

DANVILLE — A couple of years after the United States officially entered the Vietnam War, brothers Albert  "John" and Everett Pate answered the call of duty, even though that meant leaving Danville High School a few months shy of graduating.

UI student to honor father at commencement

CHAMPAIGN — Antonio Cortez spent his working life picking lemons and onions for minimum wage, joined by his children in the summers to make ends meet.

A farm laborer from Mexico and later California, he had no formal education but made sure his children did.

Vitamin D, calcium can help fight osteoporosis

URBANA — If you're at risk for osteoporosis — and a lot of aging Americans are — consider reaching for the milk before you reach for the medicine, a new University of Illinois study suggests.

Champaign school board narrows search for search firms

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district has narrowed the possible candidates for both an interim superintendent and a search firm to help find a permanent superintendent.

School district residents will have input on superintendent

CHAMPAIGN — What residents say they'd like to see in a new school superintendent will play an important part in choosing the next leader of the Champaign school disrict, said Champaign school board President Sue Grey.

Man accused of shooting at mall transferred to jail from hospital

URBANA — A Milwaukee man accused of trying to kill a Champaign man at Market Place Mall earlier this month is now in the Champaign County Jail.

Dontrell L. Thompson, 22, was released from Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana about noon Saturday and taken directly to jail. He had been under arrest since May 3, two days after a shooting outside the Champaign shopping mall.

St. Joe man injured in intersection collision

URBANA — A St. Joseph man remained hospitalized Saturday with injuries he received in a two-vehicle collision at an Urbana intersection Friday evening.

A Carle Foundation Hospital employee said Patrick Walle, 38, was listed in serious condition.

University of Illinois Convocation Ceremonies 2011


College, school and departmental convocation ceremonies take place across University of Illinois campus in Champaign/Urbana, Ill on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Campuswide Commencement takes place on Sunday, May 15, 2011. 

CIB, Centrue show smaller losses than prior year

CIB Marine Bancshares and Centrue Financial Corp. each reported Friday that their first-quarter net losses were significantly smaller than a year ago.

CIB Marine Bancshares — the parent company of Central Illinois Bank — said its net loss was $1.3 million, down from $2.4 million during the first quarter of 2010.

Urbana council to consider new hotel fee

URBANA — Council members Monday night will be asked to approve a new hotel and motel licensing fee, to annex 13 parcels in east Urbana and to oppose any delays or cuts in getting the city's share of the state's income tax proceeds.