URBANA – International students do much of the work in research labs at the University of Illinois, providing the basis for important scientific discoveries. After graduation, they supply brain power to U.S. universities and corporations.
But the ability of the UI and other universities to attract international students has been hampered by more stringent visa requirements after 9/11 and competition from universities in other countries. So discussions by federal officials – starting with President Bush – about efforts to bring more such students to the United States was welcome news to Chancellor Richard Herman.
URBANA – A Champaign man driving a van that struck a group of people pushing a disabled car in Urbana was arrested for driving under the influence.
Robert L. Perry III, 20, who listed an address in the 100 block of West Vine Street, C, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, driving too fast for conditions and hit-and-run, according to an Urbana police report.
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich's proposal for a state keno game to help build schools in struggling districts came as a surprise to many this week.
Even more surprising to some lawmakers was the governor's assertion that he did not need their authority to do so.
SPRINGFIELD – A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation to set a state standard for the use of motor fuels made from corn or soybeans and to promote the renewable fuels industry.
"Our proposal expands and invests in Illinois' leading industry: agriculture," said state Sen. Deanna Demuzio, D-Carlinville. "This legislation will further our efforts to become independent from foreign oil. It will provide construction jobs and boost Illinois' economy by increasing the use of crops for renewable fuels."
SPRINGFIELD - New buses for the Danville and Champaign-Urbana mass transit districts, a new I-74 interchange in Urbana and $4.6 million in new roads around the University of Illinois Research Park are among the local goodies in Gov. Rod Blagojevich's proposed $3.2 billion capital program.
The General Assembly reconvenes in Springfield today, and passing the capital plan is one of the governor's top election-year priorities.
URBANA – If the University of Illinois files an appeal regarding its use of Chief Illiniwek with the NCAA's executive committee before Feb. 1, any sanctions due to its use of the symbol will be waived until late April.
The restrictions are to go into effect Feb. 1, along with an NCAA policy forbidding use of "hostile or abusive" American Indian imagery. The policy forbids schools using such imagery from hosting postseason competitions or displaying the nicknames, logos or imagery at the events.
GIBSON CITY – A Gibson City alderman says he had no idea that a former Urbana police officer had been accused of raping a woman last year when he voted to hire the man for the Gibson City Police Department.
The Gibson City Council voted unanimously Monday to hire Kurt Hjort for a full-time position with the department at $14.50 an hour with full benefits.
RANTOUL – The Rantoul Village Board agreed Tuesday to pay $66,569 to former Fire Chief Richard Quick to settle a lawsuit Quick filed against the village.
Mayor Neal Williams signed the documents immediately following Tuesday's meeting.
URBANA – University of Illinois students who want to avoid parking fees are using the streets of a north Urbana neighborhood as a free parking lot.
But that could soon change.
URBANA – The cities of Urbana and Champaign are planning to join forces with Peoria and Pekin to explore acquiring Illinois American Water Company assets in their respective communities.
Urbana Chief Administrative Officer Bruce Walden disclosed the effort at Monday night's meeting of the Urbana City Council, saying the city managers and attorneys in the four communities have been talking on a regular basis.