Chanute panel not ready to make decision on museum

RANTOUL – Members of the Chanute Redevelopment Commission want more information before they decide on a proposal by the Chanute Air Museum Heritage Foundation to replace the current museum with a new one on a prime piece of property at the former air base.

At its quarterly meeting, the commission agreed to study printed material it was provided before deciding whether to proceed.

Danville schools institute new emergency alert system

DANVILLE – Jessica Jacobs has always wondered how she would know if there were a fire or some other type of emergency at her son's school.

She was thrilled to learn about a new alert system allowing Danville school officials to send parents and guardians important information – both emergency and non-emergency – via phone, e-mail or text-message.

Health experts' 10 tips to keep kids sound at school

CHAMPAIGN – Sniffles, sore throats, coughs, earaches: Don't they just seem to follow your kids home from school sometimes, like a stray dog?

Every year, millions of kids miss school due to just colds and flu alone. But parents can help fight off those illnesses and others by promoting healthy habits at home.

Champaign school district wants public input on changes

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school administrators would like the public's input on the proposed designs and program changes at two north Champaign schools.

Champaign Unit 4 administrators and architects will be at meetings Monday and Aug. 24 to talk about Garden Hills and Booker T. Washington elementary schools.

Lawmaker Black asks to be picked to UI board

DANVILLE – Veteran state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, said Thursday that he asked Gov. Pat Quinn to appoint him to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. There are at least three vacancies in the board, and Quinn has asked all of the trustees to step down in the wake of an investigation into admissions abuses at the UI.

"I've written to the governor, told him I spent 10 years as an administrator at Danville Area Community College, taught at the community college, I'm on the (House) higher ed committee, I earned my master's at the university, I know where the campus is, and I sure would love to serve on the board if the governor would honor me with that appointment," Black said.

UI president pledges to reform admissions process

CHAMPAIGN – The president of the University of Illinois pledged to implement all the admissions reforms recommended last week by the state commission chaired by former judge and congressman Abner Mikva within the next eight weeks, "in time for the upcoming 2009-2010 admissions season."

B. Joseph White also refused to say whether anyone at the university would lose a job over the scandal regarding abuses in the admissions process at the UI.

Danville school officials unveil balanced budget plan

DANVILLE – Danville school officials on Wednesday unveiled a balanced budget proposal for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Though the district no longer is facing "devastating" cuts in state grant funding and reductions in popular programs, officials said they're still uneasy about finances in this new fiscal year because of the uncertainty of state funding.

Animal-welfare agencies to be at 'Market at the Square'

On Saturday, animal-welfare agencies from Champaign and Douglas Counties will be at "Market at the Square" in Urbana from 7 a.m. to noon to raise awareness of the numbers of local homeless animals.

This third annual event will spotlight the services that animal welfare agencies provide to find those animals new homes.

Urbana school district sets registration make-up date

URBANA – Families who missed school registration in Urbana last week have a make-up opportunity Thursday.

Centralized registration for all Urbana schools will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Urbana Middle School, 1201 S. Vine St., U.

Make-up day Thursday for Urbana school registration

URBANA — Families who missed school registration in Urbana last week can take advantage of a make-up day Thursday.