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Somber school board session follows Novak death

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board chambers were somber Thursday as the school board met for an emergency meeting after the death of school board member Greg Novak.

The school board met in closed session with Mr. Novak's family.

But before they did, PTA Council President Gaby McClellan told the board how much Mr. Novak meant to her.


Coroner: Heart attack killed woman in jail

URBANA — Further tests done on a woman who died after collapsing while in custody at the Champaign County Jail in January show she suffered a heart attack.

Melissa Mullins Lackey, 36, died on Monday, Jan. 30, at Carle Foundation Hospital. Several hours earlier, she suffered what jail employees thought was a seizure.


Historical novelist tells Judah Christian eighth-graders his story

CHAMPAIGN — The secret of Doug Peterson's success: putting "story" in "history."


Triptych Brewing passes fundraising hurdle

This is an updated version of a story that appeared in print on Feb. 26.

SAVOY — If all goes as planned, Savoy could get a "nanobrewery" this summer, giving area residents a new place to sample and buy craft beers.


'Unofficial' taxes city law enforcement, but revenue is a byproduct

CHAMPAIGN — Days before he planned to celebrate an early St. Patrick's Day, Matt Novak bought a T-shirt.

A leprechaun, showing off his overflowing mug of beer and poking out from behind an orange banner that read "Unofficial 2012." Stamped across the standard Kelly green material that thousands of partyers wore on Friday is a reminder of where they'll be partying: Champaign, Illinois.


Tax specialist Davis offers ideas on U.S. economy

CHAMPAIGN — As a specialist in tax policy, Jon Davis has a few notions about what the federal government should — and shouldn't — do when it comes to taxes.

Davis, who was recently appointed head of the University of Illinois Accountancy Department subject to trustee approval, said he's not encouraged by what's going on in Washington.


UI Accountancy head seeks to beef up faculty

CHAMPAIGN — The newly appointed head of the University of Illinois Accountancy Department says it needs more senior faculty members.

Jon S. Davis, a former UI accounting professor who is slated to return as department head in April, said the department has "only four full professors and about 24 or 25 junior faculty."


Illini Torah celebration March 4 2012

 

The Chabad at the University of Illinois celebrated the completion and dedication of the Illini Torah in  Champaign, IL.  Sunday, March 4, 2012.   After the Siyum Sefer Torah, the ceremonial completion and dedication of a hand-written Torah, was followed by a parade down Fourth St and Green St to the Illini Union for a meal and dancing.  


'Community experience plan' has spot on Rantoul's to-do list

RANTOUL — Betty Brennan tells of a time when she was vacationing in Spain. She had some time to kill before meeting friends and asked residents of a town called Granollers what there was to do there.

They told her there wasn't much of anything to do there and recommended she make the 45-minute trip to Barcelona instead.


Schools foundation to honor alums at gala

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation will honor several public school alumni at its annual gala this year.

The gala, scheduled for April 14, at the Cityview Banquet Center at the Illinois Terminal in Champaign, will honor J. Steven Beckett, John David Mooney, Mike Armstrong, Troy Armstrong, Tom Coleman and Carol Scharlau, according to a press release.


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