University of Illinois

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UI advisers helping African entrepreneurs test natural products

URBANA – For generations, African elders have taken careful note of plants that seemed to have health benefits.

Now, with the help of advisers from the University of Illinois and Rutgers, African entrepreneurs hope to bring those beneficial properties to the global marketplace – perhaps including them in pharmaceuticals or nutritional supplements.

Prosecutor: Smith told police he drank three beers

URBANA – University of Illinois basketball player Jamar Smith told police he drank three beers when he was arrested last weekend, a prosecutor said in court Wednesday. But Smith's lawyer denied the accusation on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Champaign County state's attorney's office filed a petition to revoke Smith's probation and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Police: Player smelled of alcohol, refused to stay away

CHAMPAIGN – Jamar Smith had an odor of alcohol and refused to stay away from a scene outside a campus bar Friday, according to Champaign police, in the incident that led to the move to revoke his probation.

Officers were sent to the 300 block of East Green Street in Champaign about 2:30 a.m. Friday to investigate a report of criminal damage to a local business, according to police spokeswoman Rene Dunn.

Judge will rule on if Smith's alleged drinking violated probation

URBANA – If Jamar Smith's probation is revoked, it doesn't mean he'll be going to jail.

Smith, a 21-year-old University of Illinois basketball player from Peoria, was due to appear in court Wednesday. He turned himself in to the Champaign County jail Tuesday afternoon on a warrant for his arrest, stemming from a petition to revoke his probation. Smith was released after posting bail on $25,000 bond.

Smith is accused of violating his probation by drinking alcohol on Friday.

Jamar Smith turns himself in on warrant; revocation of probation sought

URBANA – Prosecutors Tuesday moved to revoke the probation of University of Illinois basketball player Jamar Smith.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz told The News-Gazette the petition filed Tuesday alleges that Smith violated his probation by drinking alcohol over the weekend. A warrant for his arrest was issued Tuesday morning, and bond was set at $25,000.

Orange and Blue Festival in Gibson City to expand

GIBSON CITY – Plans are under way for the fourth annual Orange and Blue Festival in downtown Gibson City on the evenings of Aug. 14-16.

No decision yet on Tuscola golf cart ordinance

TUSCOLA – A proposed ordinance to allow golf carts on Tuscola streets stalled Monday night, with city council members agreeing that state law allowed too much room for liability.

The Illinois vehicle code states that golf carts cannot be operated on any street or highway unless a city, township or county authorizes their use on certain roadways. This means that any ordinance allowing golf carts in Tuscola would have to designate specific streets on which they could be operated.

Man sought in sexual assault attempt on UI campus

CHAMPAIGN – Police are looking for a man involved in an attempted sexual assault of a University of Illinois student early Saturday morning.

Police were called at 2:30 a.m. to the area of First and John streets for a report of an attempted sexual assault.

UI trustees to combine four surveys into new institute

URBANA – The longtime chief of the Illinois State Geological Survey will head the state's new Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois.

Bill Shilts, division chief at the geological survey since 1995, will be executive director of the new institute, pending approval by UI trustees Thursday.

"I" Hotel, Houlihans scheduled to open in mid-August

CHAMPAIGN – Peter Fox said he hopes to have a certificate of occupancy for the new "I" Hotel and adjoining Houlihan's Restaurant by July 29 and have both facilities open Aug. 11.

The manager of Fox/Atkins Development said he's spending much of this month at the site to make sure the 126-room hotel at First Street and St. Mary's Road opens as scheduled.

The five-story hotel, adjacent to a new University of Illinois-owned conference center, will have room rates starting at $119, with most guests expected to be business- or university-related, Fox said.