One of the positive outcomes of the dramatic spike in energy costs is that far more people are paying attention to energy conservation measures, UI administrators said.
Earlier this year, UI President B. Joseph White established an energy task force of faculty and administrators from all three campuses. The group will make recommendations on how the university can reduce energy costs. A preliminary report is expected in March.
URBANA – Sara North powers her classroom on dreams.
Like emotional gasoline, the hopes, wishes and wants of students in North's combined fourth- and fifth-grade class drive them forward, just as they have driven North into the position she's been dreaming of for decades: elementary school teacher.
The cost of keeping University of Illinois buildings warm in the winter and cool in the summer, the lights on and the computers whirring has spiked in recent years, prompting the UI to pay for its increased energy costs with money that would have gone toward teaching or research.
If you've paid a power bill in recent years, you know of the enormous price jumps. Even though the UI can produce electricity and heat at Abbott Power Plant, it has not been immune to cost increases.
CHAMPAIGN – Sometimes it pays to think before you open your mouth.
That's especially true in a job interview, where a wrong answer can cost you a livelihood.
MADISON, Wis. – Urbana High School teacher and Danville Ward 4 Alderman Terry Baldwin is recuperating this morning from a nearly six-hour liver transplant Thursday at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
Baldwin, who has a rare genetic disease, was told Wednesday night that a match was found. Baldwin, 54, had been experiencing medical problems related to his condition. He was recently placed on a waiting list for a new liver.
CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College President Robert Exley will have coronary bypass surgery on Friday, officials said Wednesday.
Lin Warfel, chairman of the college's board of trustees, said the surgery was moved up a month because Exley had some heart-related episodes at home after he was released from the hospital last Saturday.
CHAMPAIGN – Astronaut Joe Tanner's fourth and final space mission in September was the hardest one he's been on, he said Tuesday, but he took time to appreciate how special his job is.
"It's beautiful," he said of the view of the Earth from space. "You can't see the borders between countries. You see the curve of the Earth and the thin layer of atmosphere."
DANVILLE – When Polly Bishir attended a health fair at Mer Che Manor on Monday, she expected to get her blood pressure and glucose checked.
She did not expect to learn she may have osteoporosis.
DANVILLE – After 30 years of wishing, five years of planning and eight months of building, the Danville school district on Wednesday dedicated a $1.3 million all-weather track.
Though the track and field facility was built for the high school, district officials said it belongs to community members, whose hard work and generosity turned the dream into a reality.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district received an "unqualified" opinion on an audit of its 2005-06 financial statements – the highest rating level available.
The clean audit means the district can get a lower interest rate on any bonds it sells in the future. Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas reviewed last year's budget in explaining to the board Monday night why the district received the clean audit.