Field day offers peek at fruits of UI energy farm

URBANA – Just what is an energy farm anyway?

On Thursday morning, you can find out.

The University of Illinois will host its first official field day at its energy farm in rural south Urbana. Interested farmers, students and area residents are welcome to attend, organizers said.

Provost appointed interim chancellor at UIS

SPRINGFIELD – University of Illinois at Springfield has hired a veteran, its Provost Harry J. Berman, to serve as interim chancellor.

The Board of Trustees must vote on the appointment at its scheduled Sept. 23 meeting in Urbana.

Berman has three decades of experience in Springfield, going back to when it was Sangamon State University.

Roadside check brings 31 tickets, 24 warnings

URBANA – State police issued 31 tickets and 24 warnings during a roadside safety check Sunday night and Monday morning in Urbana.

Sgt. Bill Emery of the state police said the safety check was conducted at the intersection of Guardian Drive and University Avenue in Urbana.

Rural Ogden teen surpasses goal for raising steers

For 18-year-old Brandon Wyatt of rural Ogden, hard work and constant care of his steers, Rosco and Leroy, has paid off big.

Roscoe, a 1,321-pound Chianina steer, won Grand Champion honors at this year's Illinois State Fair and was sold at auction for $35,000. Leroy, a Shorthorn steer, also took first in his class, earning a spot in the Grand Champion Drive.

Champaign council approves southwest Christie campus

CHAMPAIGN – Crews will almost certainly break ground on a new Christie Clinic campus in southwest Champaign this fall after the city council Tuesday approved an agreement that allows for the construction of the clinic and its surrounding subdivision.

No deal, but Danville school talks continue

DANVILLE – While there's no tentative agreement yet, Danville Education Association and school district officials said Tuesday night that they feel confident they can reach a settlement at their next round of talks and avert a strike.

Champaign man arrested for having stolen car

CHAMPAIGN – Bond has been set at $20,000 for a man arrested in Champaign for possession of a stolen vehicle.

According to a police report, officers pulled over a black 1996 Dodge Neon at Springfield Avenue and Fourth Street at 10:38 a.m. Saturday after they noted the vehicle matched the description of a car that had been reported stolen earlier in Paxton.

FBI says scammers using phones to get bank information

The FBI is warning residents of central Illinois about a scam involving attempts to get bank debit card information by phone.

The agency received reports of unusual activity Tuesday from banks in central and southern parts of the state, according to Brad Ware of the Springfield office of the FBI.

Champaign bank robbed

CHAMPAIGN — Police are looking for a man who robbed a Champaign bank on Tuesday afternoon.

Laundry facilities at UI get more efficient, lower costs

The laundry at the University of Illinois has gone green.

No, the Illini haven't changed their colors. If you put in orange and blue clothes in the campus' new washing machines, they should come out the same way.

But Assistant Housing Director Kirsten Ruby said the new machines will save the UI $60,000 a year in electricity, gas, water and sewer fees.