Plaintiffs file another motion in consent decree case

CHAMPAIGN – The plaintiffs in the Champaign school district's consent-decree case have filed a second motion seeking to extend the consent decree, in the areas of special education and alternative education.

The motion was filed Monday afternoon, the day before the two sides in the case appear in federal district court in Peoria to argue on a previous motion to extend the decree.

Uni High team wins science, technology competition

URBANA – A team of four students at University Laboratory High School in Urbana placed first Sunday in the 17th annual Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program.

Sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, the ExploraVision program is the world's largest K-12 science and technology competition. This year, the program received 4,388 team entries representing the participation of 13,774 students from across the United States and Canada.

Westville alum shares her 'Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading'

WESTVILLE – When Johnnie Hull got a call from a former Westville High School student about coming to speak to Hull's classes about writing a novel, she wasn't quite sure what to make of it.

Hull is so pleased with the outcome that she has recommended Darcy Vance as a speaker to other schools.

Unit 4 board gets update on efforts to curb gang activity

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district needs to work with community groups if it wants to combat a gang problem that has grown more serious in the last few years, school and police officials said.

The school district and Champaign police have been working together for about a year on gang problems in the community. Chief Deputy Troy Daniels of the Champaign Police Department gave an update to the school board on what they've been doing.

MTD sets 2 hearings to discuss changes in UI service

URBANA – Two hearings will be held at the University of Illinois on Thursday regarding proposed changes in campus mass transit service.

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District will present information on the service revisions at hearings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the College of Law courtroom, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave., C, and from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Illini Union Room 404, 1401 W. Green St., U.

Danville school board bidding adieu to 12-year member

DANVILLE – Before the four newly elected Danville school board members are sworn in to office Wednesday, the board will say goodbye to one of its longest-serving members.

Pete Krainock, who did not seek re-election in April, is stepping down after serving three terms.

Durbin forms panel to review Central District applicants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Monday the formation of a panel to review applications for the U.S. attorney and U.S. marshal positions for the Central District of Illinois, which includes all of East Central Illinois.

But there has been no word that either U.S. Attorney Rodger Heaton or U.S. Marshal Steven Deatherage will be replaced, said Joe Shoemaker, a spokesman for Durbin.

New DACC student trustee set to begin 1-year term

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's newest trustee will take her seat on Tuesday.

Brittany West, a 19-year-old freshman, won the student trustee seat in an uncontested election on April 6 and 7. Her one-year term will run though April 15, 2010.

UI professor's research finds exercise helps kids focus

URBANA – One child spends 20 minutes walking, then takes a test.

Another spends the same amount of time resting, then takes the same test.

Guess who performs better?

Charles Hillman, a University of Illinois professor of kinesiology and community health, conducted research that suggests exercise increases children's ability to focus on a task.

Swann students selling art at Parkland gallery

CHAMPAIGN – You don't have to spend millions on a de Kooning to have your own bright, wild abstract.

Of course, de Kooning was an abstract expressionist, but these paintings are even more abstract and expressive.

The students at Swann Special Care Center, 109 Kenwood Road, C, will be selling their artwork at a special benefit showing at the Parkland College Art Gallery next week. For about $25, you get it in a frame.