70 tickets issued in bar checks

PESOTUM – Two recent Operation Campus/Tap details in Champaign resulted in 70 citations being issued, most of them for underage drinking.

The Illinois State Police and Champaign Police Department conducted details on Feb. 11 and 26 aimed at reducing and deterring underage drinking.

NCSA to share in $4.5 million project

URBANA – The National Center for Supercomputing Applications will share in a $4.5 million project to help small and medium-sized manufacturers learn how to use state-of-the-art design technologies.

Sex abuse brings 30 months of probation

URBANA – An Urbana man who admitted he sexually molested a child in Rantoul during 2009 has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Ryan Hollingsworth, 21, who listed an address on Toni Lane, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Tom Difanis to criminal sexual abuse, a felony that will require him to register as a sex offender.

UI didn't withhold taxes for hundreds of grad assistants

URBANA – The University of Illinois failed to withhold taxes for hundreds of graduate assistants over seven years, resulting in thousands of dollars in back taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service.

The payroll "glitch" also means some graduate assistants will go without pay for the next few months to cover taxes owed on their tuition and service fee waivers.

Mixed results in survey of teens

DANVILLE – A survey of most teen-agers in Vermilion County shows more are making choices to avoid alcohol, marijuana and methamphetamine abuse, but they also report being more sexually active and more likely to attempt suicide than teens across the country.

Restaurateur ordered to pay $250,000 over labor violations

A Decatur restaurateur has been ordered to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor for violating federal labor standards.

Danville plan commission moves liquor store permit forward

DANVILLE - By one vote, the city's planning and zoning commission approved a special-use permit for a Danville businessman to open a package liquor store on East Main Street just outside the city limits.

Johnson: Deficit 'most critical issue'

SAVOY – Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson spoke with reporters at Willard Airport on Thursday evening as Washington lawmakers negotiate billions in federal spending cuts before a government shutdown threatens to take hold two weeks from now.

Electronics recycling event Saturday

You can again drop off old or unwanted electronics for recycling, free, on Saturday, March 5. 

Hours: 8 a.m. to noon.

Location: The News-Gazette Distribution Center, 3202 Apollo Drive, Champaign.

Hogan, speaking to legislators, defends salary, tuition waivers for grad students

SPRINGFIELD – In his first appearance before a legislative committee, University of Illinois President Michael Hogan was questioned about tuition waivers, costly board of trustee meetings, faculty pay and his own compensation package.