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UI chancellor to testify Monday in admissions probe

URBANA – University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman will testify Monday before a state panel investigating the school's admissions procedures, including whether politically connected applicants received special treatment.

3 of 6 Urbana grade schools hit target on tests

URBANA – Three of Urbana's six elementary schools made adequate yearly progress this year under the No Child Left Behind act, and three did not.

But the margin between meeting the target and not meeting it for the latter three schools came down to the test scores of no more than 20 students.

Fireworks traffic plan in place for Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Fireworks for the Champaign County Freedom Celebration will be tonight at Dodds Park in northwest Champaign, next to Parkland College.

The event has been marred with traffic snarls in the past since moving to Parkland two years ago.

State revenues down precipitously

SPRINGFIELD – State tax and fee revenue was off by more than $2 billion for the fiscal year that ended Tuesday. And a state legislative commission is projecting that revenue will drop another billion dollars in the current fiscal year.

Hardware store in southwest Champaign to close

Ace Hardware in Champaign is expected to close later this summer.

The store, at 2411 Village Green Place, will close by mid-August, said a store manager who declined to provide his name on Thursday.

Man sentenced in drug case

URBANA – A Champaign man who admitted selling drugs to support himself and his family was sentenced earlier this week to four years of probation and two months of home confinement.

 

Here's a reminder on Champaign fireworks traffic plan

CHAMPAIGN – Fireworks for the Champaign County Freedom Celebration will be on Saturday night at Dodds Park in northwest Champaign, next to Parkland College.

The event has been marred with traffic snarls in the past since moving to Parkland two years ago.

Man pleads innocent to theft charges

URBANA – A Batavia man pleaded innocent Thursday to a single count of misdemeanor theft alleging he stole two signs that were part of a Native American art project on the UI campus.

Mark Nepermann, 21, appeared in court with his attorney, Brian Silverman, to face a theft charge for stealing two signs valued at less than $300 from the Native American House.

EDC chief urges board to push for high-speed rail

CHAMPAIGN – A project to bring a 220-mph train through Champaign-Urbana could be the most "transformative" development for the community since the founding of the University of Illinois, a local economic development official said.

Sanitary district proposal aims to simplify collection process

URBANA – Customers overdue on their sewer bills will probably face a streamlined collection process, including a collection process that would be several weeks faster.

Members of the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District board heard a proposal at their monthly meeting Thursday to change the collections process. The three-member board will consider approval of the policy changes next month.