URBANA – Champaign County Nursing Home employees overwhelmingly ratified a contract Tuesday that runs through Nov. 30, 2005.
The contract provides for 2 percent annual raises for the next two years, starting Dec. 1, said Jerry Wright, a staff representative with the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees.
Drugs used to treat osteoporosis – softening of the bones – also may be effective against African sleeping sickness and forms of the disease elsewhere, including Latin America.
Variations of the compounds that are being developed by University of Illinois researchers also may be useful in treating malaria, which infects more than 300 million people annually worldwide and kills at least a million, according to the World Health Organization.
URBANA – Two of the 10 people who will vote on the fate of Chief Illiniwek on Thursday live in the Champaign-Urbana community.
Having a long history here has made Trustee Marjorie Sodemann of Champaign certain about her decision. She has long been a supporter of Chief Illiniwek, and she will vote against retiring the Chief.
URBANA – Stanley B. Weaver, 78, a longtime Republican state senator and former mayor of Urbana, died at 10 p.m. Tuesday at his home.
Few people in public life engender the kind of reverence that Weaver had among colleagues and friends who knew him. Through 10 terms in the Senate, opponents couldn't come close to unseating him. Both in his elections and in the Senate, Weaver prevailed without costly campaigns and grand speeches but with quiet authority and an intimate knowledge of the players and procedure.
CHAMPAIGN – Music education and performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will receive a significant boost from a $2.65 million gift from the Vernon K. and Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Foundation.
The gift, to be announced today, includes $1.65 million for the School of Music and another $1 million for the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
SPRINGFIELD – In response to opposition from Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and others, Exelon Corp. has dropped its legislative request to set future rates for Commonwealth Edison, but still wants early approval for a rate hike for Illinois Power customers.
Exelon failed to win the necessary support for House Bill 2200 last week, but hopes the dramatically retooled version it released Monday afternoon will help it become law before the six-day veto session ends Nov. 20.
URBANA – A Tolono woman pleaded innocent to charges that she was trying to murder her husband and the wife of a man accused of being her lover.
Stephanie Dawkins, 29, was arraigned and pleaded innocent on Monday to charges of solicitation to commit murder and attempted murder. Similar charges are pending against Jason Broadstone, 31, of Champaign. The charges say Dawkins took substantial steps toward the commission of those crimes by corresponding with Broadstone and agreeing with him between October and Nov. 6 to murder both of their spouses.
RANTOUL – The former Chanute Air Force Base officers club is going back into private hands.
Following an 11-minute closed session, the Rantoul Village Board voted 6-0 on Monday to sell the Fanmarker Club restaurant to a corporation fronted by a Rantoul attorney.
URBANA – The University
of Illinois Board of Trustees will discuss the fate of
Chief Illiniwek Thursday, in a last-minute addition to its
meeting agenda. The item was added to
the agenda late Monday at the request of Trustee Frances
Carroll, who is sponsoring a resolution to get rid of the
CHAMPAIGN – The faces look vaguely familiar, though decades younger.
There's Champaign City Manager Steve Carter, looking a little like MASH's B.J. Honeycutt with a mustache and horn rim glasses, wearing a green T-shirt and pink beads in Vietnam.