Vermilion County Board District 7 candidates

Vermilion County Board race - District 7

Michael Dodge

Age: 55

Party: Democrat

Residence: Danville

Political experience: Appointed to Vermilion County board in 2007; elected to county board in November 2008 to fill remainder of term. Also has spent six years as a precinct committeeman.

Operation Hope orientation scheduled

CHAMPAIGN – More students are participating in the Champaign school district's Operation Hope program, and their parents will be able to learn about the program at an orientation Thursday (Oct. 21) evening.

The program is hosting a family orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the library lecture hall at Central High School, 610 W. University Ave., C.

Fisher school district prepares to issue bonds for expansion, renovation

FISHER – The Fisher school board Monday night held a public hearing on its intent to sell $6.75 million in general obligation bonds. They will be paid for through the county's 1 percent sales tax for capital projects. The bonds will be issued next month or in December.

Rantoul school district hopes grant lowers renovation costs

RANTOUL – Rantoul city schools board hopes to save renovation costs after spending $14.4 million to upgrade the district's five schools during the summer.

Superintendent Bill Trankina said the district should receive grant money before the end of the month, bringing the district's actual renovation costs to $14.1 million.

Drainage project hits Tolono budget

TOLONO – Tolono was staring at a $167,000 deficit when it began its budget process for the upcoming fiscal year. After taking several steps to shave that figure, officials still are left in a $56,000 hole.

The gap widened during Tuesday night's meeting because of a storm water drainage project.

Villa Grove High School misses state testing standards

VILLA GROVE – Villa Grove High School did not meet state testing standards this year

The Illinois school report card for the Villa Grove district will be placed on the district's website for the public to review.

St. Joseph district still OK financially despite $118,000 unpaid by state

ST. JOSEPH – The state still owes St. Joseph school district $118,000, Superintendent Todd Pence says.

The transportation fund is owed $37,000, with an additional $28,000 for Special Education personnel.

Still, Pence said, the district is doing fine financially.

Catlin seeks public works supervisor

CATLIN – Village officials say they are seeking a public works supervisor and hope to have someone in place by the start of next year.

Applications are available in the village clerk's office. The deadline is noon Oct. 29.

Currently, the village has a streets department supervisor, and a water and sewer department supervisor with one additional employee.

Champaign woman convicted of aggravated DUI

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign County jury Wednesday convicted a Champaign woman of aggravated driving under the influence for seriously injuring a former University of Illinois student in a drunken driving crash last year.

UI faculty member reports restroom incident

URBANA — A University of Illinois faculty member told police she was restrained in a restroom stall at a UI laboratory last week.