Audit shows UI has room to improve on energy spending

URBANA – The state auditor general wants the University of Illinois to make more progress on its energy spending and monitoring.

A state compliance audit, released Thursday, shows the UI spent $7.5 million more than was budgeted for energy in fiscal year 2008.

Dr. Howard area traffic may be congested due to sewer work

CHAMPAIGN – Traffic may be congested early next week around Dr. Howard school in Champaign. Sewer work in the 1200 block of West Park Street will continue Saturday, the city said in a release.

The contractor is Duce Construction. The city said the company has added workers and if the weather cooperates will aim to reopen the street by Monday. If the work isn't finished, though, drivers may encounter congestion Monday.

UI frat fire displaces 56 until the fall

CHAMPAIGN – Members of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity will have to find alternative housing when they return from spring break, while repairs are made following a fire Tuesday.

Fabri to quit as Champaign County Democratic chairman

CHAMPAIGN – The chairman of the Champaign County Democratic Party for five years told party officials Wednesday night he intends to step down and will turn in a letter of resignation later this week.

Hurt by recent criticism of his job performance as county auditor, Tony Fabri told the party's central committee that he wanted to focus all his energy and attention on his $83,245-a-year county job and would give up the party chairmanship.

DACC program sets Scrabble fundraiser for April 19

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Reader's Route Program will hold its annual Scrabble for Literacy Fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 19 in the Student Union in Lincoln Hall, on campus, 2000 E. Main St.

There are three ways to play with each category open to adults and teens, 16 and older.

UI President White addresses legislative committee

You, representing the people of Illinois, are the single largest
stakeholder in the University, providing $1 of every $4 in our budget.
I believe there is abundant evidence that the state's investment in the
University over the last 142 years has been wise and productive.

Black to host town-hall meeting on state fiscal crisis

DANVILLE – State Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, will host a town-hall meeting Monday on Illinois' financial crisis and Gov. Pat Quinn's budget and taxation plans. "We have a full-blown financial crisis on our hands," said Black. "The governor's proposals, including a 50 percent income tax increase on most families and employers, will have a dramatic impact on our communities and I want to discuss them and get input from as many local residents as possible."

Motorists alerted to likely slowdown on Illinois 10

LODGE – Motorists can expect to slow down on Illinois 10 in Piatt County for several weeks. Illinois Department of Transportation spokeswoman Marisa Kollias announced on Tuesday that contractors will begin rehabilitating the highway's bridge over Madden Creek (two miles east of Lodge) on April 6.

The project is expected to take 50 working days. The contractor for the $674,000 project is Freesen Inc.

Danville boys' track team hosting memorial meet

DANVILLE – The public is invited to attend the third annual Reagan Williams Memorial track meet, hosted by the Danville High School boys' track team.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Danville High School Field House, 202 E. Fairchild St.

Legislators differ on closure of agency's Paxton office

Two state legislators have different responses to the announcement earlier this week that the state intends to close a Department of Human Services field office in Paxton.

State Sen. Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa, said the state appears to be doing all it can to continue serving clients while cutting costs. The Paxton office is one of 17 in small counties around the state that is being closed.