UI survey seeks public input on Allerton Park

Why do you visit Allerton Park? How would you rank its condition? Would you recommend the park for a retreat or a party?

Whether you frequently participate in the park's activities or you have stopped by once or twice, you're invited to weigh in about Allerton Park in Monticello.

CIB president stepping down to become board chairman

CHAMPAIGN – The top management of Central Illinois Bank's parent company expects to undergo some changes.

Stanley Calderon, who became chief executive officer of CIB Marine Bancshares in 2004, announced plans in late January to step down as president and chief executive officer.

Danville budget proposal unveiled

DANVILLE – Insurance savings, an independent solid waste department and a zero percent increase in revenue estimates have helped balance next year's city budget.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer handed out the first draft of a nearly $22.5 million spending plan to city council members Tuesday night, giving the aldermen time to look through the proposed budget before next week's finance subcommittee meeting.

Catlin wastewater lift station to receive extensive upgrade

CATLIN – Village officials voted Tuesday to spend up to $6,500 to upgrade the malfunctioning wastewater lift station on North Webster Street.

The lift station pumps wastewater from the homes north of the Webster Street bridge to the treatment facility. Recently, both 14-year-old pumps in the lift station overloaded and had to be rebuilt at a cost of $1,200.

Municipal candidates set for area races

Monday was the final day for candidates to submit petitions for elected offices in area communities.

Here are candidates who filed nominating petitions or were nominated for village or city offices by their party caucuses in Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, Piatt and McLean counties.

Company plans to build water treatment plant near Bondville

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois American Water plans to start construction later this year on a $51 million water treatment plant about a mile north of Bondville.

Construction at the 40-acre site in Scott Township, located north of Interstate 72 between County Roads 300 East and 500 East, should begin in this summer and be substantially complete by the end of 2008, said Barry Suits, network operations manager for the Champaign County District of Illinois American Water.

Thomas Paine meeting with parents set for Wednesday

URBANA – Parents of Thomas Paine Elementary School students will have a chance Wednesday to voice their concerns in the wake of the arrest of teacher Jon White, 26, of Normal, on charges of sexually molesting children in school.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m., representatives from the Urbana school district and Mental Health Center of Champaign County and possibly the Urbana Police Department will be available to parents. The meeting will take place at the gymnasium in the school, at 1801 James Cherry Drive, U.

Retired English teacher enters Danville School Board race

DANVILLE – A retired Danville High School English teacher has entered the race for the Danville School Board, making it a six-way contest for three seats.

Bill Dobbles, 76 Country Club Drive, filed candidacy papers to run in the April 17 election on Monday, the last day to file.

Bill would force NCAA to share revenues with schools

SPRINGFIELD – The National Collegiate Athletic Association would have to fork over a share of its revenues in Illinois under a bill state Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, recently introduced.

HB 538 would impose a 10 percent tax on the NCAA's Illinois gross receipts and direct the Illinois Department of Revenue to distribute the money to each state university based on its student population. The bill also contains a provision preventing the association from cutting payments to Illinois member schools as a result of the tax.

New Village Mall store to be announced in next two months

DANVILLE – Village Mall officials expect to announce in the next two months another new store with an outdoor entrance between Garfield's Restaurant and Sears.

"We are entertaining proposals from two parties interested in locating at the mall," said Lisa Masengale-Acton, general manager at the mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St. in Danville.