UI Board of Trustees meeting this week should be quiet

CHICAGO – Barring an unexpected outcome from the Mikva commission hearings on admissions, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees should have a quiet meeting this week.

Both Wednesday and Thursday's board sessions will be held in Chicago. The first day is a retreat at Hull House, closed to the public.

Danville High's New Tech 'upper house' already a hit

DANVILLE – When it comes to school, Ashish Patel and Lynze Bray like:

a) Learning by doing hands-on projects and activities,

b) Using computers and the latest technology,

c) Working with their peers in groups, or

d) All of the above.

Champaign-Urbana crime reports

Champaign, Urbana and University of Illinois police report the following:

Fate of memorial after Lincoln Hall renovation unknown

URBANA – Admirers of a little-used and virtually unknown courtyard, designed as a memorial to University of Illinois students who died in World War I, fear the site and an accompanying monument will be lost when the University of Illinois undertakes a $65 million reconstruction of Lincoln Hall.

Gifford grade school to get $17,700 federal grant

GIFFORD – Gifford Grade School will again receive federal grant money.

Superintendent Art Shaw said the district will receive a Rural Education Assistance Program grant in the 2010 fiscal year. The money is designed to assist rural school districts in any area related to education.

Champaign survey reveals preference for older styles

CHAMPAIGN – Residents of Champaign strongly prefer the look and style of older neighborhoods. They enjoy shopping in neighborhood centers and think the city needs more family-entertainment opportunities.

Those are among the findings of a five-month online survey of residents by the Champaign planning department in preparation for a new comprehensive plan for the city.

Loud noise turns out to be blown fuse on transformer

SAVOY — Despite an initial call of a sound of gunshots, Champaign County deputies report that a blown fuse on a transformer was the source of a loud noise heard in Savoy at 1:09 p.m. Monday.

Urbana man killed in single-vehicle accident on Illinois 130

VILLA GROVE – An Urbana man who fell asleep at the wheel died in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in southern Champaign County.

According to a state police report, Luke Daniel Winsor, 24, of Urbana was driving a 2000 Ford south on Illinois 130 headed toward Villa Grove.

Urbana district again earns grant to help teach history

URBANA – It's getting to be a habit. Come late spring or summer, the Urbana school district gets another $1 million to help area teachers improve their teaching of American history.

That's real money for school districts strapped for cash, that rely on grants to pay for teacher training, and it never fails to generate excitement at Urbana's American History Teachers' Collaborative.

Champaign-Urbana crime reports

Champaign and Urbana police handled the following calls recently: