May 2003

State sending out Medicaid checks

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.


Public health services in jeopardy

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.


Delic remains UI's lone hope in singles tourney

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.


Advocates for mental health fight for funding

The message is familiar, but it carries more urgency this year.


Don Moyer operations on hold

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.


Higher education budget approved, sent to governor

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.


Equal Rights Amendment passes House

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.


Former educator says he's excited to lead Monticello

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.


Ex-governor reflects on life outside politics

CHAMPAIGN - A state in fiscal crisis, an antagonistic Legislature, and no options that weren't going to make people mad.


ATHENA Award goes to former hospital chief

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.