UI-grown produce to be sold on Quad

Starting this Thursday, you can stop by the University of Illinois Quad and shop for fresh veggies.

This week you can shop for lettuce, spinach and other salad greens, herbs like cilantro and basil and bok choy.

Produce from the UI's Sustainable Student Farm will be for sale from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays behind the Illini Union.

North First Street market starts Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — The Farmers Market on Historic North First Street kicks off its third season this week.

The market will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays from June 9 through Sept. 1.

It is located at 201 N. First St., just two blocks north of the Champaign police station on University Avenue.

Danville schools to close early because of heat

DANVILLE — Danville schools will release students early today and Wednesday due to the excessive heat.

Danville High will release at 1:10 p.m. It already was scheduled to release students at this time on Wednesday for finals.

The elementary schools will release at 1:40 p.m., and the middle schools will release at 2:25 p.m.

Couch fire caused by smoking materials

CHAMPAIGN — A couch fire apparently caused by smoking materials and put out by a resident rekindled early Tuesday at an apartment in Champaign.

No injuries were reported.

Champaign Fire Department spokeswoman Dena Schumacher said Michael Patterson, 22, had been smoking in his apartment at 103 S. Third St., C, and took a walk at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Illini cyclists pass Alma Mater on cross-country fund drive

More than two dozen sweaty cyclists cruised past the Alma Mater late Monday afternoon, to the cheers of a group of friends and family members waiting to greet them.

Isotech acquisition won't change local presence

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-based Isotech Laboratories has been acquired by Weatherford Laboratories, a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Weatherford International.

Isotech Labs, founded in Champaign in 1985, does isotope testing for the oil and gas industry. The company employs 42 at its office at 1308 Parkland Court, C.

Area enduring near-record heat

For those who think a chilly day refutes the idea of global warming, this week has offered near-record high temperatures,

State Climatologist Jim Angel said that Saturday, when some neighborhoods in Champaign were without power, temperatures were within range of a record.

Cafetorium construction to begin at Danville school

DANVILLE — A handful of students will help kick off the construction of a new addition at South View Middle School.

New EPA rules on lead cancel Danville painting blitz

DANVILLE — There will not be a 15th year for the Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation HALO Painting Blitz program.

Health Alliance seeks reversal of state insurance bid

SPRINGFIELD — Health Alliance Medical Plans is asking a judge to overturn the health plan contracts that have state employees and retirees scrambling toward a June 17 enrollment deadline.