Fire damages flower shop storage area

URBANA – Fire damaged a garage and contents at an Urbana business late Friday night.

Urbana fire Division Chief Rusty Chism said firefighters were called to Fritz Flowers, 1104 E. Main St., at 11:46 p.m. to a garage in the rear of the business that is attached to the main structure by a breezeway.

Vehicle rolls over in Urbana DUI crash

URBANA – An Urbana man was arrested Friday night for driving under the influence of alcohol after hitting a parked car and flipping over.

An Urbana police report said Charles E. Burton Jr., 29, of the 1200 block of East Florida Avenue, was not seriously injured in the 8:30 p.m. crash that blocked the street for a while.

Librarian invested in new deanship

URBANA – Champaign natives Robert and Juanita Simpson have given the University of Illinois $5 million to establish an endowed library deanship.

Boy knows his p's and q's, along with all the other letters

CHAMPAIGN – Nathan Hites can probably S-P-E-L-L better than you.

The Mahomet boy can spell better than his mom, Susie, a veterinarian, or his dad, Michael, who works at University of Illinois Administrative Information Technology Services.

Landlords fined after renting condemned units

URBANA – A father-and-son landlord team were fined $15,345 Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court for renting two apartments in a Champaign house that had previously been condemned by the city.

Circuit Judge Michael Jones imposed the fine against Eduardo Ramos and his son, Bernard Ramos, for renting one apartment from Jan. 1 through March 31 after it had been condemned by the city on Nov. 24, and for renting a second apartment for nine days after it was condemned on April 21.

District opposes request for good-faith consent decree hearing

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district opposes having a comprehensive good-faith hearing before its consent decree is scheduled to expire, saying it is not necessary and it would be a "significant waste of judicial and district resources."

Zoning issues top agenda; alderwoman to take oath

URBANA – City council members Monday night will welcome a new alderwoman, consider appointments to two commissions and review a number of zoning issues. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

The new council, including the only new member – Ward 7 representative Diane Marlin – will be sworn in. Marlin replaces Lynne Barnes, who didn't seek re-election.

How-to presentations, performances on tap at farmers market

DANVILLE – Look for some changes at this year's Downtown Danville Farmers' Market.

After several years of selling her locally famous cookies to benefit the Fischer Theater restoration project, Jean Beck has taken on the volunteer position of coordinator for the market. Beck comes with some changes in philosophy.

Faculty favor restructuring Global Campus

URBANA – Faculty members are looking more favorably on a plan for a smaller, less-expensive Global Campus 2.0 program than the current one, which had sought to be separately accredited.

Abbott Labs leasing space in UI research park

CHAMPAIGN – Pharmaceutical and nutritional products company Abbott Laboratories is expected to move into the University of Illinois Research Park this July.