Urbana school board expected to abate taxes at meeting

URBANA – The Urbana school district plans to abate property taxes by about $666,667 this year, with money it is to receive from the county's school facilities sales tax.

The district expects to receive nearly $3 million per year from the sales tax, and it pledged to use $1 million every year toward its bond levy until the bonds are paid off.

Resources available for those dealing with medical issues

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois-Chicago Division of Specialized Care for Children in Champaign is one of 13 regional offices and serves families in Champaign, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Macon, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt and Vermilion counties.

Through its staff of nurses, social workers and therapists, the agency provides coordination for care of children with disabilities and those who have conditions which may lead to disabilities, according to its Web site.

Lunch and Learn begins this month

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Department of Community Education will offer monthly Lunch and Learn sessions on a variety of topics beginning this month.

Sessions are at noon in the Bremer Conference Center on campus, 2000 E. Main St. Soup and salad will be served.

Longtime RTHS school chief set inspirational standard

RANTOUL – He played football against Ronald Reagan. He is believed to have been the oldest Rotarian in Illinois. And he served Rantoul Township High School as superintendent for more than 30 years.

Lynn Gibbs was remembered as a man who didn't like to boast about his accomplishments, yet accomplished a great deal while inspiring many of those around him.

Students to collect change to help children

Money raised will help group pay to train advocates

DANVILLE – Vermilion County students will be raiding their piggy banks and looking for loose change under couch cushions and in dresser drawers to help abused and neglected children.

Miss Piggy 'Pingo' event scheduled Sunday

GEORGETOWN – The Georgetown-Ridge Farm Education Association's Miss Piggy committee will hold its fifth annual Miss Piggy "Pingo" event Sunday in the Pine Crest Elementary School gymnasium, 505 Kennedy Drive.

Pingo raises money, which is divided among the district's four schools, for programs that fund positive reinforcement activities as rewards for good behavior.

UI offers voluntary separation to some employees

URBANA – Some University of Illinois employees are getting an offer in their e-mail – early separation agreements, worth up to $75,000, but they have to make up their minds soon.

Only the Urbana campus is looking at the program, chief spokesman Tom Hardy said Thursday.

Federal judge McDade to take senior status

PEORIA – The federal judge who has presided over the Champaign Unit 4 school district's consent decree to address educational inequities for minority children has announced he'll be taking senior status.

In a letter sent to news reporters Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Joe Billy McDade of Peoria announced he'll move to senior status March 1.

Fund established to help Haitian students

DANVILLE – A Danville Area Community College organization today is launching an effort to help earthquake victims in Haiti, as well as three international students from that country.

Champaign district's attorney fees cut in half

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district cut the amount budgeted for attorney fees by more than half for the current fiscal year.

And it expects to reduce that amount even more next year, said Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas.