Early-vote numbers up or stable throughout the area

URBANA – The number of early voters in Champaign County this year is running far ahead of the pace four years ago, according to one-week statistics from the Champaign County clerk's office.

Central-Centennial rivalry brings spirit of cooperation, too

CHAMPAIGN – When the Central and Centennial high school football teams play each other Friday night, more than the usual fierce crosstown rivalry will be on display.

There will also be a spirit of cooperation to raise money for a good cause. Make that two good causes.

UI Senate talks on hiring policy for adjuncts to start 'soon'

The campus senate will begin talks "very soon" on developing hiring policies for adjunct professors and other non-tenure-track instructors at the University of Illinois, a faculty leader said.

UI's Hogan: Restructuring not intended to make campuses all the same

CHAMPAIGN – In his first meeting with the faculty senate about a proposal to restructure university administration, University of Illinois President Michael Hogan said the changes would reduce redundancies and costs, not create "homogenization" at the university.

Vermilion County Board District 2 candidates

Vermilion County Board District 2 candidates

Susan Ponder Miller

Age: 59

Party: Democrat

Residence: Rural Oakwood

Political experience: Served two four-year terms as Vermilion County circuit clerk 2000-2008; appointed to Vermilion County board District 2 in 2010

Two seek District 2 seat on Vermilion County Board

DANVILLE – Two candidates are vying for one seat in Vermilion County board District 2 in the Nov. 2 election.

Candidates' forum scheduled for Tuesday at DACC

DANVILLE – A candidates' forum is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 19)  in the Bremer Conference Center at Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St.

Janet Cornelius will be moderator. Candidates who have indicated they will attend are:

– 15th Congressional District: David Gill, Democrat.

Potomac to flush water system

POTOMAC – The village of Potomac will conduct hydrant flushing from Tuesday through Thursday.

The process is part of the regular maintenance of the village's water system.

Water may be discolored during the process, but is fit to drink and does not have to be boiled, according to village officials.

Bond at $75,000 in drug case

URBANA – Bond has been set at $75,000 for a Champaign man arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Joshua A. Parker, 19, who listed an address in the 600 block of Crescent Drive, Champaign, pleaded innocent on Monday to felony unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Approval expected on resolution to Paxton school gym issue

PAXTON – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board and the Paxton Park District board are expected to approve a contract next month allowing the use of school gyms for park district programs.

The agreement, reached last week, requires the park district to begin paying $3,000 yearly for the use of gyms for the adult volleyball and men's basketball leagues.