Champaign receives six proposals for building

CHAMPAIGN – The city has received six proposals for the purchase or lease of the former Lone Star Lodge building at 208 N. First St.

The deadline for submitting proposals was Monday, and Assistant City Planning Director Rob Kowalski said city officials were "very pleased" with the response.

Public invited to offer input on power rate increases

CHAMPAIGN – Local residents can express their views tonight about Ameren's request for electric and natural gas rate increases at a public hearing.

The hearing begins at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St. Public comments will be transcribed by a stenographer and provided to the Illinois Commerce Commission. The hearing will last for as long as the public has something to say, according to Beth Bosch, a spokeswoman for the commerce commission.

C-U gets new bus link to Chicago, Memphis

CHAMPAIGN – An intercity bus service that offers fares as low as $1 – if you reserve seats at the right time – will begin service in Champaign on March 13. will offer twice-daily service to Chicago and Memphis, Tenn., using both single-deck and double-decker buses. The pickup and drop-off point in downtown Champaign will be just west of the Illinois Terminal – on the west side of Market Street just north of Logan Street.

Tuscola parents express concerns over bullies, policies

TUSCOLA – A group of parents told the Tuscola school board and a room full of teachers that they believed bullying to be a major issue at all grade levels.

Parent Sandy Oye went to a local television station earlier in the week with concerns that her son had been bullied. She said she wanted to create awareness about the problem, not to bring negative attention to the district.

Second meningitis case linked to campus

URBANA – A recent University of Illinois graduate has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, the second case in a week connected to campus.

He was admitted to a local hospital Wednesday night with meningococcal meningitis, according to Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the UI's McKinley Health Center.

Money gone after church burglary

CHAMPAIGN – Police are investigating a burglary to an office in a Champaign church ovenight Sunday.

Staff at Holy Cross Church, 405 W. Clark St., C, discovered money missing from an office in the parish center when they came to work about 7:45 a.m. Monday, according to Champaign police Lt. Joe Gallo. The burglary occurred after 5 p.m. Sunday, he said.

Judge OKs lawsuit against county officials

URBANA – Champaign County Judge Michael Jones couldn't have made it much clearer that he thinks Provena Covenant Medical Center should get a refund of its property taxes.

But it remains to be seen whether county officials will take the hint and make the refund without a court order. And will the hospital stand to collect interest on the money?

Parkland board approves tuition increases

CHAMPAIGN – In-district Parkland College students will be paying $5 more per credit hour, beginning this summer.

Those students will see their tuition increase to $84 per credit hour, under an increase approved by the college's board of trustees Wednesday night.

Some students upset words were added to Chief proposal

URBANA – A year after his demise, Chief Illiniwek is stirring controversy – this time in a University of Illinois student election.

Some UI students cried foul this week over last-minute changes in the wording of a ballot question asking if voters want the Chief reinstated as the UI symbol.

Danville school officials back graduation ticket requirement

DANVILLE – Danville school board members on Wednesday threw their support behind a proposal aimed at improving decorum and security at the high school's graduation ceremony.

Under the proposal, people will be required to have a ticket to attend the ceremony. Graduates will be given six tickets apiece, but school officials said that doesn't mean that those with large families can't get more if they need them.