The Commission report said that while the process may have initially begun “as a seemingly innocuous way to “‘track’ inquiries from prominent individuals,” it eventually “evolved (or devolved) into a ‘well-oiled’ machine that was perhaps unparalleled among universities in its level of formality and structure.”
The report also recommends the U of I eliminate the Category I admissions process, make public both the appeals process and any third-party inquiries, allow only students and family members to make official inquiries regarding an admissions application, and establish a state higher education inspector to conduct investigations of future violations.
NEW LAW RESTRICTS USE OF CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING
Two measures were signed into law this week to restrict the use of cell phones while driving. One measure prohibits sending text messages while driving, while the other restricts cell phone use in construction zones.
On August 6, the Governor signed legislation that will make it illegal for drivers to text when behind the wheel, or to talk on a cell phone when driving through school speed zones or construction areas. An initiative of the Secretary of State’s Distracted Driving Task Force, the laws are intended to reduce accidents caused by distracted drivers.
House Bill 71 prohibits drivers from sending text messages while driving, but also bans sending e-mails or instant messages, surfing the Internet, or reading messages. However, motorists can text while the car is in park or neutral, if they pull over to the shoulder of the road, or if there is an accident or emergency. They can also continue to use their GPS devices.
Another measure seeks to reduce accidents caused by distracted drivers in school, construction or maintenance zones. House Bill 72 prohibits a driver from using a wireless phone in any of these areas, unless the person is working at the construction or maintenance site, the phone must be used for emergency purposes, or if the telephone was voice-activated.
Although texting bans have been enforced in a number of states, opponents say that law enforcement officials could use texting to target drivers of a potential race or ethnicity. Others say there are already laws that apply to improper lane using and speeding, which adequately police drivers who are distracted when using their cell phone to send or read messages.
BRADY HOMES CHOSEN TO BUILD HOME FOR ‘EXTREME MAKEOVER’
On August 3, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition issued the following press release. What a wonderful opportunity for our community, for the family whose home will be “made over,” and for my family’s business, Brady Homes.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 3, 2009
Bloomington, IL - Brady Homes will build one deserving Central Illinois family a new home as part of the Emmy award-winning reality TV show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Brady Homes was chosen as the contractor for this “Extreme” build due to its reputation for giving back to the community. They have built four homes for St. Jude and also homes for residents of Marcfirst, an organization for the developmentally disabled. Brady Homes will be responsible for overseeing the project’s construction and event management while upholding the highest standards of quality craftsmanship, design, and energy efficiency. Not only will this home be built in seven days but all products and labor will be donated by partnering trades and suppliers.
“The Brady family has always believed in giving back to our communities and is excited about helping a family who is in need of a new home,” said Ed Brady, co-owner with Bob and Bill Brady of Brady Homes. “When Extreme Makeover: Home Edition called us, there was no doubt we were willing to take on the challenge of organizing the building of a new home in one week for a deserving family.”
Five families within a 60 mile radius of the Brady Homes’ office in Bloomington, IL, are being considered for the build, all of whom have been deemed “Heroes at Home.” On Tuesday, August 18th, one lucky family will be surprised by Ty Pennington, team leader of the show, and the design team when they hear a knock at their front door.
“Brady Homes’ history for passion and commitment to their communities was clear to us,” said Conrad Ricketts, executive producer of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. We are seeking ‘Heroes in the Community,’ and both the family that will be chosen and Brady Homes are wonderful representatives of our theme this season.”
Please visit www.extremebradyhomes.comfor updated information regarding media updates, volunteers, and contributions.
For interviews with Ed or Bob Brady about this project please contact Amber Geiser at 309-261-5839.
For more information regarding ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Central Illinois project, please contact Mark McAllister at 309-838-3250 or Missy Lundberg at 312-914-0857.
The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its 7th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.