University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Family, MTD settle suit over student's death for $1.25 million

URBANA – The family of a University of Illinois student killed when she was struck by a bus on campus more than three years ago will collect $1.25 million in settlement of a wrongful death suit.


Arthur selected as one of 9 hosts for 2009 Illinois Dairy Days

ARTHUR – A state program highlighting Illinois' dairy industry is coming to Arthur.

Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois Extension dairy specialist, announced Wednesday that Arthur has been selected as one of nine communities that will host 2009's Illinois Dairy Days.

Japan House Holiday Sale on Thursday to feature gift ideas

URBANA – The Japan House Holiday Sale will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 11 and 18.

Tours of the cultural and teaching facility will be available and gifts and artwork will be offered for purchase, including a commemorative Japan House 10th anniversary wool blanket woven by Pendleton Mills and designed by artist Laurie Jacobi, original artwork, books and calendars by Japanese artist Zenkyu Niwa, Japan House tea, and Japan House 10th anniversary commemorative book and note cards.

Holiday comedy closes Charleston Alley Theatre's 18th season

CHARLESTON – The Charleston Alley Theatre will close its 18th season with Christopher Durang's holiday comedy "Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge." The play opens Friday.

"Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge" is a playful, cracked look at the perennial Dickens Christmas classic about Ebenezer Scrooge and his discovering the true meaning of Christmas through the visitation of Three Ghosts.

Area police respond to dozens of accidents

Slick roads, streets, highways and interstates kept state and city police, sheriff's deputies and tow-truck crews busy all day Monday and into the night, responding to accidents and pulling vehicles out of ditches throughout East Central Illinois, according to area law enforcement officials.

From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Illinois State Police in Pesotum handled more than 45 accidents on the three local interstates, but the majority were on Interstates 57 and 74, according to Master Sgt. Mike Garza.

UI flash index: No growth, decline in economy in November

URBANA – The University of Illinois flash index – a barometer of the Illinois economy – has fallen to 100, the dividing point between economic growth and decline.

UI economist J. Fred Giertz, who compiles the index, said there's no signal the downward spiral will end soon.

'Map Light' fuses theater, dance into 'performance novel'

URBANA – The University of Illinois Department of Theatre and Dance will present three performances of the original, jazz-influenced process piece "Map Light" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Studio Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

The public performances are the culmination of semester-long work with students led by guest artist Laurie Carlos, an actress in the original production of "for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf."

Web site offers comprehensive look at apartments for rent

CHAMPAIGN – Kevin Chang has developed a new way to find apartments on the Web, using University of Illinois research into how to conduct "deeper" Web searches.

The result is Cazoodle, a Web site that provides comprehensive listings of apartments in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and other metropolitan areas – including Champaign-Urbana.

Friendly fun precedes the IHSA football championships

CHAMPAIGN – As the music of heavily teased big-hair rock bands of the 1980s provided pre-game, adrenaline-pumping entertainment (think Bon Jovi's "You give love a bad name"), Robert Simmons prodded hot dogs and flipped pork burgers.

By 10 a.m., the shrimp was blackened and the "Iron Horse Cooking Club" from Casey was ready to start dishing out food for the throngs of football fans expected to start arriving throughout Friday morning.

MTD board approves 7.5 percent increase in tax levy

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit district unanimously approved a 7.5 percent increase in its tax levy Wednesday.

The increase would cost up to $12 more for the owner of a $150,000 house, said MTD Managing Director Bill Volk during discussions about the increase, as long as the value of the house doesn't go up.