Champaign school district wants public input on changes

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school administrators would like the public's input on the proposed designs and program changes at two north Champaign schools.

Champaign Unit 4 administrators and architects will be at meetings Monday and Aug. 24 to talk about Garden Hills and Booker T. Washington elementary schools.

Lawmaker Black asks to be picked to UI board

DANVILLE – Veteran state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, said Thursday that he asked Gov. Pat Quinn to appoint him to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. There are at least three vacancies in the board, and Quinn has asked all of the trustees to step down in the wake of an investigation into admissions abuses at the UI.

"I've written to the governor, told him I spent 10 years as an administrator at Danville Area Community College, taught at the community college, I'm on the (House) higher ed committee, I earned my master's at the university, I know where the campus is, and I sure would love to serve on the board if the governor would honor me with that appointment," Black said.

UI president pledges to reform admissions process

CHAMPAIGN – The president of the University of Illinois pledged to implement all the admissions reforms recommended last week by the state commission chaired by former judge and congressman Abner Mikva within the next eight weeks, "in time for the upcoming 2009-2010 admissions season."

B. Joseph White also refused to say whether anyone at the university would lose a job over the scandal regarding abuses in the admissions process at the UI.

Danville school officials unveil balanced budget plan

DANVILLE – Danville school officials on Wednesday unveiled a balanced budget proposal for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Though the district no longer is facing "devastating" cuts in state grant funding and reductions in popular programs, officials said they're still uneasy about finances in this new fiscal year because of the uncertainty of state funding.

Animal-welfare agencies to be at 'Market at the Square'

On Saturday, animal-welfare agencies from Champaign and Douglas Counties will be at "Market at the Square" in Urbana from 7 a.m. to noon to raise awareness of the numbers of local homeless animals.

This third annual event will spotlight the services that animal welfare agencies provide to find those animals new homes.

Urbana school district sets registration make-up date

URBANA – Families who missed school registration in Urbana last week have a make-up opportunity Thursday.

Centralized registration for all Urbana schools will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Urbana Middle School, 1201 S. Vine St., U.

Make-up day Thursday for Urbana school registration

URBANA — Families who missed school registration in Urbana last week can take advantage of a make-up day Thursday.

Quinn gives UI trustees 'a few more days' to resign

URBANA – Gov. Pat Quinn says he will give the remaining University of Illinois trustees "a few more days" to heed his call that they resign before he takes any action.

Quinn, who spoke Tuesday after a bill-signing in Chicago, would not speculate beyond that, but repeated his belief that all trustees should step down to restore the good name of the university, according to spokeswoman Ashley Cross. He appealed to trustees' sense of public service and "the common good," she said.

UI Extension students learn correct canning techniques

CHAMPAIGN – They came bearing sharp knives.

But they were admonished to wash their hands before using the weapons of mass vegetable and fruit destruction.

The incident was a food preservation class offered by University of Illinois Extension.

UI's Lincoln Hall now almost completely unoccupied

URBANA – The last four occupants of Lincoln Hall on the University of Illinois campus will be moved by the end of the week, but the building will be locked down for the public starting today.

The remaining occupants would have been out by now, Jim Spese of UI's Facilities and Services and project manager for Lincoln Hall said, but needed to wait until the offices they were moving to were available.