Appointments to 2 major local bodies on county board agenda

URBANA – Appointments to two major local government boards are on the agenda Tuesday in an abbreviated committee of the whole meeting of the Champaign County Board.

The appointments are for Democratic positions on both the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District board and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit board.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


– 1300 block of West Curtis Road: Air conditioner worth $4,500 stolen from house in late November; reported Friday.

– 600 block of Crescent Drive: Laptop computer stolen Jan. 2; reported Jan. 8.

Slick roads possible on Monday

Area motorists can anticipate slick roads, sidewalks and parking lots on Monday.

The National Weather Service reports that an approaching storm will likely bring snow to the area as early as Monday morning, to be followed by sleet or freezing rain by midday Monday through Monday afternoon.

It's Your Business: Dollar Java bucks high prices for coffee

For those of you who like to complain about coffee prices these days, Champaign will soon welcome a new cafe where coffee is priced at a cool $1.

Dollar Java plans to open in the beginning of February on the first floor of 51 E. Green St., in space that used to house the Refinery's Campustown location at the southeast corner of Locust and Green streets.

Supercomputer, other projects bring in major funds to UI

URBANA – It may not be surprising that the University of Illinois is the nation's leader in university funding from the National Science Foundation.

But one number stands out: A single grant puts it ahead of the total amounts for other major competing universities, including Purdue and Wisconsin.

Courthouse legal self-help desk to reopen

URBANA – Champaign County's legal self-help desk is reopening next week at the Champaign County courthouse.

The self-help desk, which provides basic legal information and assistance – but not legal advice – to people who represent themselves in court, closed on Nov. 30 because of county government budget cuts.

Mother grateful for 'life-changing' program

Misha Jackson has lived on the economic edge for years, and then last May the roof caved in. Literally.

The roof collapsed on the two-bedroom home she was renting in Harvey, a south suburb of Chicago, and her family pretty much lost everything.

So Jackson, 39, a single mom, packed up her kids and looked for something new.

Champaign wants to spur interest in magnet programs

CHAMPAIGN – Expect to hear more in the next few weeks from the Champaign school district about the magnet school programs set to begin in the fall.

The district is beginning a publicity campaign about the magnet programs before a special registration period for the programs at Garden Hills and Washington elementary schools begins at the end of the month.

Carrie Busey survey posted on website

CHAMPAIGN – If you live in the Champaign school district, you can help decide what the exterior of the new Carrie Busey Elementary School in Savoy will look like.

The school district has a survey on its website, seeking input on which of two color patterns residents prefer.

Champaign changes schedule for kindergarten meetings

Meeting moved up

The Champaign school district has made a change in its schedule of community forums to explain its Schools of Choice school assignment system for kindergarten students.

A forum previously scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Savoy Recreation Center has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at Barkstall Elementary School.