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Champaign County sales tax: New approach to school funding

Randy Johnson doesn't live in Champaign County – he's in Vermilion – but he's hoping the proposed 1 percent sales tax for Champaign County school facilities passes Nov. 4.

He does most of his shopping in Champaign, so he knows he'll pay more at the cash register, but Johnson – the representative for Carpenters Local No. 44 in Champaign – thinks the new tax will help boost the economy by generating local jobs in the trades and help local education.

"I know people are going to look at it as 'Oh, here we go, another tax,'" he said. "If this is a good way to help education with our kids, then it's a plus for all of us."

UI Varsity Men's Glee Club tuning up for year's big show

It's Tuesday evening, and that means the University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club is singing in one of the lower-level rehearsal rooms at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. This night, their session lasts a little longer, as the young men prepare for their biggest concert of the year.

That would be the Dads Day event on Saturday in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center. It draws not only fathers and sons but also alumni of the Glee Club, the oldest choral ensemble on campus.

Joint meeting called to discuss Savoy proposal

SAVOY – The Champaign school board will hold a joint meeting with the Savoy village board Monday night to talk about the plans for building a new elementary school in Savoy.

The boards will meet at 7 p.m. at the Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Drive, Savoy.

Joint meeting called to discuss Savoy school proposal

SAVOY – The Champaign school board will hold a joint meeting with the Savoy village board Monday night to talk about the plans for building a new elementary school in Savoy.

The boards will meet at 7 p.m. at the Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Drive, Savoy.

Centennial High School teacher receives state award

CHAMPAIGN – Centennial High School students will perform "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" this evening, but the message after the performance will be, "You're a good teacher, Suzanne Aldridge."

R.E.A.D.Y. program students get in step with conservation

CHAMPAIGN – Laine Hopkins no longer leaves the water running while she brushes her teeth, or the shower running an extra minute or two after she's done, to keep the bathroom warm.

Samantha Carlson fills the sink with rinse water when she's doing dishes, rather than just leaving the faucet running the whole time.

New Mathematica version coming soon

CHAMPAIGN – Wolfram Research founder Stephen Wolfram plans to announce today that a new version of the company's flagship product, Mathematica, will be released this fall.

Wolfram, in town for the annual International Mathematica User Conference, said Mathematica 7 will have about 2,700 functions, or roughly 500 more than the previous version.

Author to share experience with breast cancer

URBANA – Geralyn Lucas slipped on a surgical gown and looked at her right breast for the last time.

What would it be like, she wondered, when it was gone?

Danville announces dates for this year's state tests

DANVILLE – Danville school officials on Wednesday announced the following state testing dates for the 2008-09 school year:

– March 2-13: Students in grades 3-8 will take the Illinois Standards Achievement Test.

Classroom space expansion planned at Gibson City school

GIBSON CITY – School board members will soon begin steps toward a possible expansion of classroom space at the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School.

Buildings and grounds committee members took an extensive tour of the elementary facility during a recent committee meeting. "We saw good, aggressive use of space," said Chairman Tom Taylor. "But in my opinion, we're at more than 100 percent use of space."