The message is familiar, but it carries more urgency this year.
CHAMPAIGN - The Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club of Champaign County, a safe harbor for hundreds of children, is facing a major overhaul in its operations.
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate on Thursday approved a higher education budget for the year beginning July 1 that would keep the University of Illinois at the governor's proposed funding level, eliminating the $5.36 million the House tried to restore.
URBANA - Public health services for Champaign County residents who live outside of Champaign-Urbana could end by next week, as progress toward a new contract ground to a halt Thursday.
SPRINGFIELD - If he could have been there, the clack and hum of machinery going full speed in the Illinois comptroller's mailroom would have been music to the ears of Roger Ball, who instead was busy distributing prescriptions to the customers of Weber's Drug Store in Hoopeston.
It's been a season of firsts for Illinois' Amer Delic, and the UI junior hopes that continues today.
Delic, who played a big part in the Illini's quest for their first NCAA tennis title, is aiming for his best finish at the NCAA singles tournament.
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois House voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on Wednesday, a measure that had previously failed more than a dozen times, prompting protesters to spill pig's blood on the floor of the Capitol Rotunda back in the early 1980s.
MONTICELLO - After more than 30 years as a football coach and high school principal, William Mitze has accepted a new challenge: serving as mayor of Monticello.
CHAMPAIGN - A state in fiscal crisis, an antagonistic Legislature, and no options that weren't going to make people mad.
CHAMPAIGN - Diane Friedman, Provena Covenant Medical Center's former chief executive, has been named this year's ATHENA Award winner by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.