Inventors Hall of Fame inductees have ties to UI

University of Illinois Nobel Prize winner Paul Lauterbur can add another honor to his list – membership in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.

Lauterbur, one of the key developers of magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, was among the inductees to be announced today by the inventors hall, which honors women and men responsible for technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible.

Company snares $4 million in venture capital

CHAMPAIGN – RiverGlass Inc., a software company that uses data-mining technology developed at the University of Illinois, announced this week that it raised $4 million in venture capital in its latest round of funding.

The company, which employs about 35 at its offices in West Chicago and in the UI Research Park in Champaign, develops technologies that manage and put to use huge amounts of data.

He's the one that she wants

HOOPESTON – Since she was 12 years old, Shelly Snyder has been hopelessly devoted to John Travolta.

So when the actor asked her for a kiss during a taping of the "Oprah Show," Snyder went into a state of shock.

Letter carrier files suit against owner

DANVILLE – A Danville man whose two pit bulls were euthanized last week after attacking a letter carrier is facing legal problems.

The carrier, Wendy Hoskins, has filed a lawsuit against Damon O. Beard, 34, of the 100 block of South Griffin Street. The three-count suit, filed in Vermilion County Circuit Court in late January, asks for more than $150,000 in damages.

Septic permit law challenged

SPRINGFIELD – Rural residents with certain types of septic systems may soon need a permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, a requirement that could prove expensive.

Although the federal government has long required states to issue a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for all surface discharge septic systems, the IEPA had been requiring only municipalities and businesses with such systems to get permits, said agency spokeswoman Maggie Carson.

Former Chiefs want to take over trademark

A group of former Chief Illiniweks has asked the University of Illinois to transfer the Chief trademark to an organization run by the former Chiefs.

In a letter sent today to the board of trustees and UI President B. Joseph White, the former Chiefs said they plan to offer specific recommendations to the university that would allow Chief Illiniwek to continue but would lift UI athletics from the NCAA sanctions.

Democrats pick ex-candidate for county clerk for vacancy

URBANA – Democrats have selected a recent candidate for county office to fill a seat on the Champaign County Board.

Michael "Rocket" Richards, 27, of Champaign ran against incumbent Mark Shelden in November for Champaign County clerk.

Deep freeze causes problems for workers

Recent freezing temperatures may make some ask, "What global warming?"

"Winter has finally reared its ugly face," said Samuel Shea, weather service climatologist for the Midwestern Region Climate Center.

Ogden woman dies in crash on I-74

The first major snowstorm of 2007 was to blame for three dozen interstate crashes in state police District 10, including one accident that killed an Ogden woman Tuesday morning.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Kristina Wills, 28, was a passenger in a van driven by her husband, David Wills, that was involved in a three-vehicle collision on Interstate 74 caused by the snow about 11:50 a.m. at the Illinois Central overpass on Champaign's north side.

Urbana school district will conduct internal, external reviews

URBANA – With the Urbana school board meeting barely begun, board President Joyce Hudson addressed concerns about the school district's process in hiring Jon White, an Urbana teacher at Thomas Paine Elementary School now charged with predatory criminal sexual assault.

Hudson said the board had asked Superintendent Gene Amberg to launch an internal review of the district's handling of the situation. "He is currently gathering the facts and will report to the board," she said.