Shelter cooperation discussed

TUSCOLA –- Members of the city and the county governments may soon get together to talk about what is best for the county's stray animals. The city council agreed Monday to contact the county board members about meeting to brainstorm about improving the county's animal shelter.

Alderwoman Phyllis Truitt brought up the idea while Dr. Sally Foote, a veterinary adviser for Hands 4 Paws, told the council she would like to see the three groups work together. Hands 4 Paws is a group focused on humane protection for animals in Douglas County.

Champaign school site list down to 3 choices

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district has narrowed its search for a site for a new school on the north side of the city to three locations, and school officials expect to settle on one in the next month or so.

The sites are:

Rantoul districts send out letters about TIF district concerns

RANTOUL – Rantoul schools sent home letters to parents this week warning about the ramifications of the creation of a second tax increment financing district.

The letter, jointly signed by the school boards of Rantoul Township High School and Rantoul City Schools, expressed concerns that tax dollars intended for the schools might be shifted to nonschool projects within the district.

Man pleads guilty to drug conspiracy charge

URBANA – A 26-year-old former Champaign man faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty Monday to a federal drug conspiracy charge.

Olaitan Fowowe, who had lived in Champaign while attending the University of Illinois in 1999, admitted he was the head of the conspiracy from early 2003 to late 2007. Fowowe, who goes by the street name "Melvin," also admitted he ran the drug conspiracy while he was on work release on a previous state charge of selling drugs.

Edison students research history of school

CHAMPAIGN – Sixth-grade students at Edison Middle School are getting a glimpse of what life at their school was like in the past, through a history project.

It wasn't always a middle school. For four decades, it was Champaign High School.

Farmer City looks into possible park takeover, expenses

FARMER CITY – City council members learned it may be possible to take over ownership of South Park by using eminent domain authority, but it will be costly.

City Manager Trent Smith told council members Monday that city attorneys advised him there are two places in Illinois law from which the city could draw authority to take over the park, even though it is not within city limits.

Companies drop suits against each other

URBANA – Champaign-based Sports Publishing has voluntarily withdrawn a suit it recently filed against InnerWorkings Inc.

The suit, filed March 31 in U.S. District Court in Urbana, alleged the Chicago-based print services broker and six other defendants engaged in fraud and racketeering in an effort to gain control of Sports Publishing.

Concerns cited in ending Philo sewer extension talks

VILLA GROVE – The Villa Grove City Council voted Monday night to discontinue discussions with Philo over extending sewer services to that community.

Andy Keiser, city engineer for Villa Grove, had provided Mayor Ron Hunt with some statistical data concerning the capacity of the current sewer system.

Land sale to assist expansion of Paxton clinic

PAXTON – Aldermen agreed Monday to sell three city-owned lots to Gibson Area Hospital so it can expand its Paxton clinic.

The three 25-by-160-foot lots, directly north of the current clinic's parking lot, will be sold for $20,000.

Danville High School restructuring set for vote

DANVILLE – Danville school board members will vote Wednesday on a restructuring plan aimed at boosting student achievement at Danville High School.

The high school faces restructuring because juniors failed to meet state learning benchmarks the last five years. Also, the graduation rate fell just short of the state requirement in 2007.