Bilingual education one way to break barriers to learning

By A.M. COLE/For The News-Gazette

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Century-old concrete error brings months of displacement from Natural History Building at UI

URBANA – Concrete poured incorrectly more than a century ago will mean major disruptions for months for those who work or study in the oldest academic building on the University of Illinois campus.

Fire destroys family's belongings, mobile home in Paxton

PAXTON – The American Red Cross was contacted to assist a Paxton family whose mobile home was gutted by fire Friday evening.

Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren said his department was sent to the fire shortly after 7 p.m. Friday to the Pine Street trailer park in Paxton.

Two teens who were in the mobile home escaped without injury, Kingren said.

Gallery: Taste of Champaign-Urbana 2010

The 40th Taste of Champaign-Urbana offers plenty of food, entertainment, arts and crafts and much more at West Side Park in Champaign, Ill on Saturday, June 12, 2010. The event began Friday and will continue through Sunday until 6p.m.

Academically, Nebraska is a 'good fit' for Big Ten

URBANA – Fifty years ago, the Big Ten presidents formed an organization to promote academic collaboration among their member universities.

Minority contracting questions answered, Ikenberry Commons will proceed at UI

CHAMPAIGN – Work will begin soon on the next phase of the Ikenberry Commons construction project, now that administrators have satisfied trustees' questions about participation by minority contractors.

Nothing to talk about, Urbana council won't meet on Monday

URBANA – For die-hard city hall watchers in Urbana, it may be a bit disappointing: The study session of the Urbana City Council originally set for 7 p.m. Monday has been canceled.

The council normally meets in study session as a committee of the whole on the second and fourth Mondays and in regular session on the first and third Mondays.

Catlin board OKs sale of bonds, but districts hopes not to use them

CATLIN – School officials cleared the way for the sale of up to $1.13 million in working cash bonds on Thursday, but Superintendent Gary Lewis said he hoped the district would not have to sell them.

Lewis described the possible sale of the working cash bonds as a contingency plan in case the state fails to pay the district what it owes.

Franchisee will await better location, timing for next Kentucky Fried Chicken in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – The Kentucky Fried Chicken on North Prospect Avenue closed recently because the franchisee wants to find a better location north of Interstate 74.

The restaurant at 1308 N. Prospect Ave., C, ceased operations at the beginning of June, said Joseph Adams, director of human resources for the franchisee, Clinton-based Bartlett Management Service.

Hot summer? Not necessarily, even after fourth warmest spring on record

CHAMPAIGN – If you're dreaming of the dog days of summer – and lots of them – Mother Nature may not be so inclined to cooperate.

Illinois just finished its fourth warmest spring on record, but that doesn't mean a red-hot summer is around the corner.