Inspectors find many faults at closed Gateway Studios

CHAMPAIGN – City inspectors found mold in a number of rooms at the former Gateway Studios during an inspection of the now-closed hotel Wednesday. The inspection will continue today.

Danville police to resume speed patrols in July

DANVILLE – If you've been letting your foot get a little heavier on the gas, Danville police will be waiting for you in a few weeks.

Police issued nearly 1,000 traffic tickets in the first three one-month campaigns to reduce speeding in 2008-09. They'll resume the patrols next month.

Champaign County auditor: Keep office elected job

URBANA – Champaign County Auditor Tony Fabri said Wednesday that his office should remain elected rather than appointed, arguing that the current structure provides necessary checks and balances.

One killed, five injured in head-on crash on Illinois 1

HOOPESTON – Vermilion County Sheriff's deputies were still on the scene this evening of a fatal head-on collision that happened late this afternoon south of Hoopeston, according to the sheriff's department.

Of the six people involved in the accident, four were airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, and one has died, according to Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn.

Danville issues almost 1,000 tickets in speed patrols

DANVILLE — Police issued nearly 1,000 traffic tickets in the first half of a focused effort to catch speeders in Danville.

City sends fire and maintenance inspectors to closed hotel

CHAMPAIGN – City property maintenance and fire inspectors are examining the former Gateway Studios hotel for code violations and plan to continue the inspection Thursday.

City property maintenance Supervisor Sue Salzman said the city obtained a search warrant Tuesday to conduct the inspection because of the uncertain ownership status of the hotel, which was being leased by Gateway Studios LLC, which filed for bankruptcy in California this past January.

University of Illinois statement on admissions probe

President B. Joseph White released the following message to the
University of Illinois community in response to Gov. Pat Quinn's
announcement of an Admissions Review Commission.

Tried and True: Anchovies add piquancy to red clam sauce

This recipe for linguine with red clam sauce is a fast, easy and cheap meal that happens to be delicious, too. It's a great one for a work night when you don't want to make a big mess in the kitchen and it truly is ready to eat as soon as the pasta is cooked.

It's from Rachael Ray again, sorry, but she knows how to churn out the meals without a whole lot of fancy stuff. I've never yet created a clinker from one of her recipes. She uses anchovies in this, and though I had convinced myself they were evil, they truly do disappear and lend a nice background flavor.

Earlier magnet school mistakes not forgotten in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – In a past life, Washington Elementary School in Champaign was a magnet school, with an emphasis on fine arts and families clamoring to enroll.

The problem was, many of the children in the neighborhood around the school couldn't get in.

Recorder, coroner defend elective nature of their posts

URBANA – Champaign County Recorder Barb Frasca and county Coroner Duane Northrup came out swinging Tuesday in defense of keeping their offices elective positions.