Forum planned on Danville dress code

DANVILLE — Parents have a chance to sound off on a uniform dress-code proposal at the first of two public forums on Wednesday.

The forum is set for 6 to 7 p.m. at Danville High School's Van Dyke Auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St.

A second one will be held 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Danville Public Library's community room, 319 N. Vermilion St.

Election board fines Gerard campaign $250

SPRINGFIELD — Champaign Mayor Don Gerard's campaign fund has been fined by the Illinois State Board of Elections for late reporting of two campaign contributions last winter.

Gerard said Monday that his campaign has paid a $250 fine.

Fithian farmer in line for county board seat

DANVILLE — A rural Fithian farmer who's also a Pilot Township official likely will be seated on the Vermilion County Board next month.

Board Chairman Jim McMahon said Monday that he plans to nominate Mike Marron, a Republican, to fill the District 2 vacancy on the board at its Aug. 9 meeting.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


— Big Lots, 20 N. Gilbert St.: Retail theft reported Sunday.

— Short Stop Grocery, 109 S. Henning Road: Theft reported Sunday.

— 200 block of South Virginia Avenue: Driver's license and identification taken from purse Sunday.

Urbana sends panhandling rules back again

URBANA — City council members say a rewritten ordinance regulating "aggressive panhandling" needs to be rewritten one more time before they give it their formal endorsement.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm starts filling vacancies

GEORGETOWN — Changes occurred Monday among those guiding the Georgetown-Ridge Farm schools, and more changes will likely be coming soon.

Plane hit power lines

RANTOUL — George Harwell exited his motor home at Prairie Pines Campground, Rantoul, on Sunday morning after the wind began to kick up.

"I ... came out and looked to the west and saw it was raining in this field," said Harwell, a retired corporate jet pilot. "I told the wife the rain was coming."

Transcript of president's address

Here is a transcript of the address Monday evening by President Obama:


THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening.  Tonight, I want to talk about the debate we’ve been having in Washington over the national debt -- a debate that directly affects the lives of all Americans.


Southbound Lincoln tight between Fairview and University

URBANA -- A contractor has hit a water main in Urbana, forcing southbound traffic into one lane on Lincoln Avenue from Fairview to University Avenue.

Northbound lanes are unaffected, but traveling south toward University will be difficult for a time while the problem is fixed, according to the city.

Crews are on site, the city says.

Danville school plans for leaders

DANVILLE — Northeast Elementary Magnet School students will have a chance to step into leadership roles this year.

Staff members are making plans to establish the school's first student advisory committee and a peer-mediation program.