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.

Danville child care program's pending closure shocks families

DANVILLE – About 60 Vermilion County families are scrambling to find new child care services after learning on Tuesday morning that theirs will close later this month.

The Center for Children's Services announced it will close its Early Learning Center at 702 N. Logan Ave., Danville, on June 26 for financial reasons.

Carle Clinic discounting prices on employee screenings

URBANA – Carle Clinic is offering local businesses a little recession relief.

The clinic's occupational-medicine department has begun reducing the prices of employee physicals and drug screenings, and plans to keep the discounts in effect through Dec. 31.

Alloy Engineering & Casting workers get week of furlough

CHAMPAIGN – Alloy Engineering & Casting and its parent company, Wirco, have furloughed their entire work force for a week as a result of the sluggish economy.

The furlough affects about 65 employees at Alloy Engineering's plant in Champaign and about 26 employees at Wirco's fabrication facility in Avilla, Ind., said Wirco President Chad Wright.

Drugs, gun figure in Urbana man's court case

URBANA – An Urbana man arrested Monday morning for allegedly having about 2½ pounds of cannabis and a gun in his home is due back in court with his own attorney later this month.

Wyatt Percival, 25, of the 2300 block of Lantern Hill Drive, was charged Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court with armed violence and possession with intent to deliver cannabis for allegedly having a gun and more than 1,200 grams of cannabis in his home Monday morning.

Native grasses, flowers part of new 10,000-square-foot garden

URBANA – Prairie plants are making a comeback at the University of Illinois.

At its South Lincoln Avenue home, the College of Veterinary Medicine's Basic Sciences Building is now surrounded by 8,000 seedlings of the plants that were there before the plow broke the sod.

In the next few weeks, another 2,000 grasses and flowers will be planted.