Faculty/student senate OKs resolution on UI leaders

URBANA – The Urbana faculty/student senate voted Monday to support an "orderly transition" removing University of Illinois President B. Joseph White and Chancellor Richard Herman from office, in a resolution that blamed them for a scandal in admissions.

The senate voted 98-55 in favor of the historic resolution, after flirting with an alternative version that didn't mention White and Herman and called for greater consultation with the trustees.

Champaign schools establishing equity committee

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district is looking for community members to serve on a new equity committee.

The school board voted Monday to establish an "Education Equity Excellence" committee, as required by its proposed settlement agreement in its consent decree case. The board heard about administrative procedures to govern the new committee at its Monday meeting.

Judge to hear 13 residents' opinions on consent decree

URBANA – District Court Judge Joe Billy McDade has selected 13 community members to speak about the Champaign school district's consent decree settlement agreement at a Tuesday hearing.

McDade will hear what they have to say at a fairness hearing, scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the federal district courthouse, 201 S. Vine St., U.

Urbana school board to consider $57 million budget

URBANA – The Urbana school board is scheduled to vote on the district's fiscal year 2010 budget when it meets Tuesday night.

The board meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Burkholder Administrative Service Center, 205 N. Race St., U.

Parkland expanding education on alternative medicine

CHAMPAIGN – When Kay Elmer had breast cancer, she relied on more than traditional medicine to help her.

She also sought the help of an aromatherapist.

Grant for SPLASH program renewed

URBANA – With the beginning of the school year approaching, Kathy Cearlock still wasn't sure if Urbana Middle School would be able to offer a popular after-school program this year.

The grant that pays for the SPLASH (Students Playing and Learning After School Hours) program ended with the last school year, and the district didn't know if it would be renewed.

Board to consider policies related to consent decree settlement agreement

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board is scheduled to vote on several new policies related to its consent decree settlement agreement when it meets Monday night.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St.

Catlin school board adopts 2009-10 spending plan

CATLIN – School officials on Thursday night approved a $5.03 million spending plan for the 2009-10 fiscal year that includes about $335,000 in deficit spending.

Superintendent Gary Lewis has said he underestimated expected revenues and overestimated expected expenditures when making the 2009-10 budget, so the projected deficit is "hopefully a worst-case scenario."

UI alumni in Chicago write in praise of Herman

CHICAGO – Urbana campus alumni in the Chicago area have written the governor and board of trustees a letter praising University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman.

The letter is effusive in its praise of Herman, who has faced negative banners on campus and will face a faculty vote of confidence in the wake of revelations that high-powered individuals influenced admissions to the state's top university.

Admissions-reform resolution on UI trustees' agenda

URBANA – A resolution to be considered by University of Illinois trustees today directs administrators to eliminate the Category I system, special-interest admissions and any process that gives preferential treatment to applicants.

It also says the UI should establish written criteria for admissions that are readily accessible to prospective applicants, create a process for "properly handling inquiries about admissions," and create a code of conduct for admissions to build a "firewall" insulating admissions officers from "unwarranted interference in the admissions process."