Entrance sign to Dodds Park, near the baseball fields.
(Jim Meadows/WILL)

Park Board To Vote Wednesday On Central High Proposal

Champaign Park District commissioners are scheduled to vote week on whether to allow Unit 4 school to build new Central High School in Dodds Park. 

That's according to Champaign Park District Executive Director Joe DeLuce. 

"My expectations are that hopefully we've had enough public information, we've had public meetings, we've had several discussions," he said.  "We've provided the Park Board with enough information for them to make an informed decision."

If the park board votes 'yes', DeLuce said the park and school district will move forward on negotiating a 'land swap' - where Unit 4 would transfer some of its property to the park district in exchange for a portion of Dodds Park.

A 'no' vote will mean the school district will look alternatives to Dodds locations for the new Central High.  The majority of those who spoke a public forum hosted by the park district last week opposed placing the school in the park, out of concern for having more open space.

Currently, the school district is proposing to build the high school on Interstate Drive. 

Funding for the new high school would be part of a $144-million on the April 7 ballot.

In this photo provided by College of American Pathologists, a pathologist explains a Pap test slide to Cassandra Ingram, 53, of Blaine, Minn. at North Point Health & Wellness Center's See, Test & Treat™ program Tuesday, Oct. 4, 201
Craig Lassig /AP Images for College of American Pathologists
March 05, 2015

Call For Stories: Cancer Testing

Have you or has someone close to you made a choice to know more or less about their chances of developing cancer though new genetic tests? Do you work with those tests? We would like to talk with you for an upcoming story on how cancer tests shape our life and influence the decisions we make.

Nnanna Egwu capped off his senior night with a slam dunk in Wednesday's 69-57 win over Nebraska.
(Rob McColley)
March 05, 2015

Illini Top Nebraska on Senior Night, 69-57

The Illini close out the season Saturday at Purdue, and will compete in a week in the Big Ten Tournament with hopes of locking up a spot in the NCAA Tournament. 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday, February 24th in Chicago.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
March 04, 2015

Emanuel:  Rauner Budget Is ‘Wrong Approach’

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget is the "wrong approach'' for Illinois, and he's in communication with top Democratic leaders about it.  

Scientists examine a bat.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
March 04, 2015

Bat-Killing White-Nose Syndrome Spreads In Illinois

The white-nose syndrome gets its name from a fungus that grows on affected bats' noses. Scientists say infected bats often show odd behavior - like taking daytime flights - when they're supposed to be hibernating. It's suspected that depletes their fat reserves, and causes the bats to become emaciated, and eventually die. 

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