Illinois capital measure will help fund DACC project

DANVILLE – When Alice Jacobs became Danville Area Community College's president in 1999, a project to add more classroom and office space at the Mary Miller Center topped a list of capital improvements on campus.

Lincoln's Challenge to reopen Aug. 6, behind schedule

RANTOUL – The Lincoln's Challenge Academy in Rantoul will reopen Aug. 6, more than a month behind schedule, because of the recent uncertainty over the state budget.

UI bypassed practices to hire trustee's future son-in-law

The University of Illinois hired a trustee's future son-in-law, bypassing regular university hiring practices and awarding the relative a $115,000 salary.

Maarten de Jeu, now son-in-law of board Chairman Niranjan Shah, worked for the university from November 2007 to August 2008 as a business consultant after Shah urged UI Chancellor Richard Herman to consider a job for de Jeu.

Live report on the Mikva Commission hearings

CHICAGO -- Sidney Micek, president of the University of Illinois Foundation, is testifying before the governor's Admissions Review Commission.

Burglars make off with lots of tools in Urbana

URBANA — Urbana police are looking for the person or people who stole thousands of dollars worth of tools and copper from an electrical substation in Urbana earlier this week.

Director: Restoration Urban Ministries may have to close

CHAMPAIGN – Restoration Urban Ministries has asked for help in the past, but in this unusually tough economy, the faith-based social service agency in Champaign faces possible closure.

Rev. Ervin Williams, executive director of the program, told Champaign City Council members Tuesday that it's a "good possibility" that they will have to close their doors Aug. 1, because they are unable to pay utility bills.

Building project starts at County Health Nursing Home

GIFFORD – Work has started on the first major building project at Country Health Nursing Home since the facility opened 41 years ago.

The site has been excavated and the footings installed.

Second Ryan Riddell Memorial Golf Outing set Saturday

TUSCOLA – The second annual Ryan Riddell Memorial Golf Outing will be held Saturday in Tuscola.

Friends of the slain Villa Grove man are raising money in his name for a college scholarship.

Prairieview-Ogden South's close on geothermal project

OGDEN – The geothermal system project at Prairieview-Ogden South elementary school is nearing completion.

Only punch list items are left to complete, said Superintendent Vic White. The geothermal project is to be completed by July 31.

Attorneys will hold consent-decree conference next week

PEORIA – Lawyers for the Champaign school district and the plaintiffs in the district's federal consent-decree case will hold a settlement conference next week to see if they can resolve any of the remaining issues before a scheduled Aug. 3 hearing.

The settlement conference before Magistrate Judge John Gorman in Peoria will be held Tuesday.