IBM drops out of Blue Waters project

URBANA — IBM has ended its relationship with the Blue Waters project as a prime supplier of the water-cooled supercomputer.

The effective date was Aug. 6.

According to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, IBM will return money received to date. NCSA will return equipment delivered by IBM according to the terms of the contract.

Danville will survey parents on uniforms

DANVILLE — After weeks of intense debate, Danville school parents and guardians will get a chance to vote on a uniform dress code proposal for elementary and middle-school students this week.

Parents of kindergarten through eighth-grade students will be surveyed on the proposal at registration, which runs Aug. 9 through 11. Each family will get one vote per school.

Danville school's teachers visit families' homes

DANVILLE — When 8-year-old Jashawn Tools answered a knock at his front door early Friday morning, he was surprised to see his teacher, Mrs. Boothe.

Had the new school year already started?

Did he forget to do his homework? he wondered, scratching his head.

Regional school chiefs reach no accord over pay

SPRINGFIELD — Some of Illinois' regional superintendents of education are prepared to go another three or four months without pay following a meeting Wednesday with representatives of Gov. Pat Quinn.

But not all of them. And those who would remain say they aren't happy about the prospect of more payless paydays.

Police use simulator for driving skills

CHAMPAIGN — It may have been sunny and 86 degrees outside but inside a recreational vehicle on the parking lot at the Champaign police department, officers were enduring rain, snow, ice, blown tires and all other kinds of nasty conditions Thursday.

Scouts to practice for emergency at Rantoul airport

RANTOUL — Most emergencies can't be forecast.

One that will happen this week, though, has been planned for several months.

Boy Scouts, in conjunction with the Rantoul airport and area emergency agencies, will stage a mock emergency late Saturday afternoon.

The scenario involves a tornado hitting Rantoul, damaging a plane and injuring passengers.

New chancellor: UI 'one of the great, great universities'

The new chancellor of the University of Illinois' Urbana campus is a world-recognized leader in biochemistry, a groundbreaker for women and minorities in higher education administration, the former leader of Washington state's biggest university and a "sports student" more than a sports fan.<

New UI chancellor named

UPDATED 12:20 p.m. The Urbana campus has a permanent chancellor for the first time in almost two years.

Her name is Phyllis Wise; for the first time, all three University of Illinois chancellors are women. Her new job is effective Oct. 1, pending approval by the UI Board of Trustees at its September meeting.

Teens arrested for burglary at Urbana school

URBANA — Urbana police arrested two teens for burglary who, police say, brought their own tote bags to carry loot from an Urbana school last week.

Some time after 9:30 p.m. July 26, the teens entered Thomas Paine School, 1801 James Cherry Drive, through an unlocked window, according to Investigator Shaun Cook.

Credit union's student lending to 'help fill gap'

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Employees Credit Union will re-enter the world of student lending — with help from a Wisconsin company that has been in the business a long time.

Beginning Thursday, the credit union will offer private student loans to students attending any University of Illinois campus.