UI president quits; meeting on interim leader planned

URBANA – University of Illinois trustees will convene a special meeting in the next few weeks to choose an interim president – possibly former UI President Stanley Ikenberry – to take over when B. Joseph White steps down in December.

White: UI leadership problems to be resolved soon

URBANA – Leadership problems at the University of Illinois should be resolved "very soon," its embattled president said Tuesday, even as the school prepares to implement new admissions reforms.

UI President B. Joseph White said the so-called "Category I" admissions investigation had created a leadership challenge for the school and tarnished its reputation, but he expressed hope that reforms and the passage of time will restore the UI's good name.

Fisher schools in black, but may need reserves in 2010

FISHER – The Fisher school district budget for fiscal year 2010 will be in the black by about $100,000, but Superintendent Barb Thompson told the board that she anticipates needing to use reserves for next year's budget.

The board approved the $5.9 million budget, which projects positive balances in all the major funds. The tax rate will be $5.26 per $100 of assessed valuation, four cents less than last year.

Danville district to receive $3.6 million in stimulus funds

DANVILLE – Danville school officials will have a little more money for Title I and special education programs this year thanks to federal stimulus funding.

Superintendent Mark Denman said the district will receive a one-time $3.6 million allocation. Eighty-five percent must be spent by Sept. 30, 2010.

Jefferson students working hard to make honor society

CHAMPAIGN – A group of several dozen Jefferson Middle School students will be the first from the school inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.

This is the inaugural year for the school's chapter of the organization. Franklin Middle School inducted its first group of students into the National Junior Honor Society in the spring of 2007, the first Champaign middle school to have a chapter.

Danville teachers' contract talks resume this week

DANVILLE – Negotiators for the Danville school district and its teachers' union return to the bargaining table this week in the hopes of settling a new contract.

Robin Twidwell, president of the Danville Education Association, said a negotiation session is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

DACC trustees to discuss adding new programs

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College trustees on Tuesday will consider adding several new certificate and associate's degree programs.

Administrators would like to add basic and advanced auto technology certificate programs and an automotive collision repair technician associate's degree program. They also would like to add a small-business ownership certificate program.

St. Joseph dedicates street in honor of fallen soldier

ST. JOSEPH – Community members unveiled an honorary street sign Sunday to pay tribute to fallen soldier Army Pfc. Danny L. Kimme.

A crowd – including Kimme's wife, Corinne, and 19-month-old daughter, Dani – gathered for the ceremony and dedication of Honorary Danny L. Kimme Memorial Drive in front of Corinne's home in St. Joseph. Kimme, of Fisher, died during combat operations in Balad, Iraq, in 2008.

Historical cemetery shows planned next three weekends

Historical cemetery shows with an Abraham Lincoln theme are planned in Springfield and Bloomington the next three weekends.

Actors will portray long-gone history makers at Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in Springfield on Saturday and Bloomington's Evergreen Cemetery during the first two weekends in October.

UI faculty has tradition of involvement in administration

URBANA – It's the University of Illinois Board of Trustees who will decide the fates of a president and a chancellor in the wake of the admissions controversy, but faculty have a tradition – and some statutory basis – for sharing in the decision.

When the Urbana faculty/student senate voted 98-55 to recommended "an orderly transition" of power at its Sept. 14 meeting, it sent a message that trustees will consider at their Nov. 12 Springfield meeting – if there isn't an emergency meeting first.