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Liquor license for club up for rehearing

OTTAWA - The potential owners of a rural Streator bar will get a second chance to plead for a license when they go before the LaSalle County liquor commission Saturday.

David and Kimberly Novak were denied a license last month when dozens of residents who live near the dance club on West Second Street protested. Traffic was chief among concerns neighbors had about Club Bluz, which is just outside city limits.

The Novaks appealed the decision to the state liquor commission. That appeal is pending, but the state's attorney's office said the case should be reheard anyway.

The rehearing will include a court reporter. There was no stenographic record of the earlier hearing, which was part of the basis for the appeal.

The new hearing will begin at 8 a.m. in the government complex on Etna Road.

Professor to receive ISU diversity award

NORMAL - Alison Bailey, associate professor of philosophy and director of women's studies at Illinois State University, is the 2006 recipient of the David Strand Diversity Achievement Award at ISU.

Bailey is the 12th recipient of the award, which was established and endowed by President Emeritus David Strand to honor a faculty or staff member whose efforts result in heightened sensitivity to diversity on campus.

Bailey will be honored at the Founders Day Convocation on Feb. 16.

She is author of the book "Posterity and Strategic Policy, A Moral Assessment of Nuclear Policy Options," and her research on gender and race privilege has appeared in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, The Journal of Social Philosophy, "Whiteness: Feminist Philosophical Narratives" and "Feminist Ethics Revisited."

Journalist, lawyer to speak at IWU

BLOOMINGTON - Roger Wilkins, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and lawyer, will be the guest speaker at Illinois Wesleyan University's soul food dinner at 5 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Hansen Student Center, 300 Beecher St., Bloomington.

The dinner, a part of IWU's Black History Month celebration, is open to the public and costs $10. IWU student admission is $5.

Wilkins, whose career has spanned government, law, philanthropy and journalism, is perhaps best known for his role in exposing the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972.

Wilkins currently works as a network radio commentator for National Public Radio and is the Clarence J. Robinson professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University.

Police, fire, rescue

Seminary Ave. fire under investigation

BLOOMINGTON - Fire investigators still are trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged the second floor and destroyed the attic of a home Tuesday afternoon on West Seminary Avenue, a fire official said.

The fire began shortly before 1 p.m. at 215 W. Seminary Ave., where four Illinois Wesleyan University students resided. Firefighters returned to the home Wednesday morning because of a smoldering futon mattress, but the home did not catch fire again, a fire official said.

Patricia Bass, interim vice president for public relations at IWU, said the four students were given temporary housing at Wilder House, a university guest house typically used by visiting faculty. She said the dean of students' office is working to find housing for the rest of the semester.

Bass said IWU provided money on their food accounts and the university book store is lending textbooks and other class materials to help the displaced students continue their class work.

Farm house in Cullom destroyed by fire

CULLOM - A fire destroyed a farm house west of Cullom late Tuesday night.

Around 11 p.m., a passer-by noticed flames coming from the basement.

The state fire marshals office is investigating the fire.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

Ten area fire departments responded to the blaze, which took more than four hours to fight.

Setting it right

Local

Cultural District - Bruce Marquis, executive director of the Bloomington Cultural District, is working with State Farm Insurance Cos. and Verizon to obtain use of additional parking for some downtown events. The group coordinating the effort was incorrect in a story in Wednesday's Pantagraph.

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