Politics and Government

'That's Amtrak time'

CHAMPAIGN — When Amy Van Rheeden travels with Amtrak, she always anticipates extra time to sit back, read a book and encounter train delays.

She's come to expect it as a frequent visitor to the Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign.

State's chief judge reminds incoming law students to be professional

CHAMPAIGN — The chief judge of the Illinois Supreme Court took time out of a busy schedule Thursday to gavel home the importance of civility to the newest class of aspiring attorneys at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Rantoul High looks to improve study halls

RANTOUL — After meeting as a group and reviewing data about study halls, the Rantoul Township High School leadership team has come to the conclusion that those 30-minute periods are not being used as effectively as they can be — by students or teachers.

Unit 7 chief sees deficit in budget

TOLONO — Unit 7's school superintendent has tentatively projected a deficit budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Under the plan, the district would spend $19.9 million and bring in about $18.2 million. The red ink is mainly in the site/construction fund, where there is a projected shortfall of $1.6 million. The building fund is expected to have a deficit of $97,400.

UI board quiet on Salaita issue

URBANA — In their Aug. 1 letter to Steven Salaita, university administrators told the would-be professor his appointment would not be recommended to the board of trustees in September and that an affirmative board vote was "unlikely."

Jail, placard decisions on hold

Second opinion about cracks in walls not as alarming as first

URBANA — After receiving a second opinion on cracks in exterior walls at the county's satellite jail in east Urbana, Champaign County Board members voted Thursday to send the issue back to a committee.

Architects offer Eastlawn options

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board may decide to renovate or replace the district's oldest learning facility, PBL Eastlawn School, as part of more than $23 million in potential projects being considered for over the next 10 years.

Westville board OKs 4-year pact with union

WESTVILLE — School officials approved a four-year contract with members of the Westville Education Association that will give most members a 3 percent salary increase each year.

Champaign holds community service day

CHAMPAIGN — A number of Champaign neighborhoods will get a sprucing up on Saturday, courtesy of city officials and about 200 volunteers.

Expect Easter's successor to earn more

The 10 highest-paid public university presidents in the country receive an average of $970,000 in total compensation, almost double the amount paid at the University of Illinois.

Among Big Ten schools, the average is $780,000.

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