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Group considers pursuing Internet funding

CHAMPAIGN – A potential local consortium led by the University of Illinois might pursue economic stimulus grant funding to construct a "big broadband" network along the Bradley Avenue corridor in Champaign and Urbana.

Quinn to make first visit to Champaign-Urbana as governor

CHAMPAIGN – Gov. Pat Quinn will visit Champaign-Urbana this afternoon for the first time since becoming governor. He'll meet with University of Illinois officials and watch the Illini play at the Assembly Hall this evening, according to a press release.

Quinn will join UI Chancellor Richard Herman, President B. Joseph White and Board of Trustees Chairman Niranjan Shah at the new, sustainable Business Instructional Facility this afternoon.

Dozens ticketed for Champaign drinking violations

Police ticketed 47 people for underage drinking and other offenses in a Campus/Tap bar check last weekend.

State troopers and Champaign police officers conducted the check Friday at local bars.

Temporary plates featuring Obama to benefit libraries

A temporary license plate with a smiling President Barack Obama will have things looking up for Illinois libraries.

Proceeds from the plates, which are good from Tuesday through April 17 for vehicle registration, will benefit the Illinois Library Association, including IREAD, the state's summer reading program.

American Indian artist visiting UI for 'Beyond the Chief' event

URBANA – A noted American Indian artist will visit the University of Illinois campus this week in conjunction with a new public art exhibit titled "Beyond the Chief."

Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds, a Cheyenne-Arapaho artist, challenges viewers to re-imagine public spaces as American Indian. His art includes multi-disciplinary forms of public art messages, large-scale drawings and prints.

Indian poet to read from his first book at Illini Union bookstore

CHAMPAIGN – American Indian poet Santee Frazier will read from his first book of poems, "Dark Thirty," at 4 p.m. Monday in the Author's Corner on the second floor of the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., C.

Frazier, a winner of the Truman Capote Scholarship, is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He has a bachelor's of fine arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts and is pursuing an MFA at Syracuse University, where he was given a university fellowship. He has received other honors as well.

Plenty of birds make cold-weather appearances for viewing

The honks come first – high-pitched, almost dog-like. Then you look up and see a magnificent V of white birds with distinct black wing tips.

It's a large flock of snow geese – and a bird you're likely to see only in the wintertime in Illinois. The snow goose isn't the only species you might see on a winter birding trek around East Central Illinois. You could spot another water bird like the long-tailed duck or maybe a bald eagle.

UI poet-author to read her work at EIU's Black Box Theatre

Poet and children's book author Janice Harrington, who teaches in the Creative Writing Program in the University of Illinois Department of English, will read her work at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center in Charleston.

The reading will be in the Black Box Theatre. Admission is free, and the public is invited.

UI/Parkland cooperative expects large enrollment jump in fall

CHAMPAIGN – Molly Maxstadt had already decided to spend her first two years of college at Parkland, before transferring to the University of Illinois.

She had her class schedule all figured out. Then she learned about the Parkland Pathways program.

Priest gets 4 years of probation for dealing drugs

URBANA – A Catholic priest at the University of Illinois who admitted he acted as a drug dealer last year has been sentenced to the maximum amount of probation for his crime.

Christopher Layden, 34, now of Peoria, was a priest at the Newman Center last summer when UI police learned from an informant that Layden was using and selling cocaine from his residence.