Parkland has crisis plan

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College has an extensive crisis management plan that has been in place for years and is regularly updated, most recently in 2002.

Vice President Linda Moore said faculty member Marilyn Ryan drafted the plan as part of a leadership training project, and the plan and updates try to anticipate anything that could go wrong at the community college, and to spell out exactly how to deal with it. Moore said the Virginia Tech situation is so extreme, though, it gives educators something new to worry about.

Officials at UI take proactive approach

URBANA – University of Illinois police have training and resources to deal with a campus shooting, but they also hope to prevent such tragedies as those at Virginia Tech.

Flags flew at half-staff over the UI campus today in honor of the victims in Monday's shootings, which left more than 30 people dead and others injured. Chancellor Richard Herman ordered the flags lowered through April 24.

Champaign School District proposes evening academy

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district is proposing an Academic Alternative Evening Academy for the fall, to be housed at Central High School and operate from 4 to 8 p.m.

The school board heard details of the proposal at its meeting Monday night. The alternative school would have about 50 students in grades 10 through 12, who would have to apply and be accepted to the program.

UI students looking at shuttle brakes

University of Illinois engineering Professor Lou Wozniak was a patient at Carle Foundation Hospital and a rider on its shuttle buses, which got him thinking about "regenerative braking."

No, it's not a new miracle cure for what ails you, unless what ails you is the high price of gasoline.

Store's monitors help pass time at checkout

DANVILLE – If you get stuck waiting in the checkout lane at the Danville County Market stores, you can spend the time answering trivia questions, getting healthy-eating tips and cleaning hints as well as learning about things going on in the community.

The stores – along with the Crawfordsville County Market and Attica and Covington IGAs, all in Indiana – now have LCD monitors with advertisements and other information rotating to help customers pass the time while they are waiting in line.

Danville aldermen set to vote on adopting budget

DANVILLE – As residents cast their last-minute votes tonight, aldermen will prepare to adopt next year's budget.

The nearly $38.1 million spending plan will go into effect May 1 if the city council gives final approval tonight.

One of Danville's two cab companies shuts down

DANVILLE – One man's loss may be another man's gain.

One of two local cab companies, Yellow Checker Livery, shut down part of its business Sunday, citing city-set cab fares that it said could no longer support the increased cost of business.

Agencies to conduct drill for VX spill

GEORGETOWN – Local emergency management officials and hospital personnel will be practicing today for a dangerous accident they hope never happens.

The far southeastern section of Vermilion County sits within the region that could be affected if the deadly VX nerve agent stored at a Newport, Ind., facility ever escaped into the atmosphere.

Vermilion County Courthouse to remain closed today

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Courthouse was scheduled to remained closed today as repairmen continue working to restore electricity to the building following an electrical surge on Sunday night.

"We're hopeful we're going to be open for business on Wednesday morning," Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said on Monday afternoon. But he said it was still unclear how extensive the damage was and how easy it would be to repair.

Business people speak out against tax proposal

CHAMPAIGN – Ronald Leverich has done the math.

The senior vice president of Clark Dietz Inc. has calculated the engineering company's gross receipts in Illinois: about $10 million. He's tallied up the firm's profits: roughly $500,000.