CHAMPAIGN – School board members Monday approved a $79 million budget for the 2004 fiscal year that forecasts ending the year with a slight surplus.
The budget also adds $1.2 million to the money to be spent to address equity issues, bringing that total to $4.3 million.
Illinois'' home game against Michigan State on Oct. 11 will kick off at 11 a.m. The game will be televised by ESPN or ESPN2.
CHAMPAIGN – Deborah Coleman and her Early Childhood Learning Center staff members say it's a pleasure to work in a building designed with their small charges in mind.
"A lot of thought went into this building, into making it child-friendly," said Coleman, the center's new principal. "It was designed with little people in mind. With its family center and library, it's very warm, welcoming and inviting. The rooms are nice, bright and well-furnished."
The search here today is for reasons, not excuses.
What forces caused Illinois to accept a 21-0 deficit after Wisconsin''s first three series Saturday ... and a waterfall of 307 rushing yards even as the Illini knew what was coming?
How could the Badgers become so dominant against a team that whipped them the last two years and sent Antoineo Harris bounding for 185 yards last year in Madison?
SPRINGFIELD – Attention, state tax scofflaws: Wednesday begins a six-week amnesty period to settle up with the Illinois Department of Revenue without penalties or interest.
But be forewarned, individuals and businesses who owe back taxes and fail to take advantage of the amnesty must pay double the penalty and interest they would otherwise face.
SPRINGFIELD – A 44-year-old Vermilion County man has been diagnosed with West Nile encephalitis, making him the state's 24th human to contract West Nile disease this year.
The man began reporting symptoms Sept. 16 and was recently released from the hospital after a brief stay, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
CHAMPAIGN – For Erica, a 20-year-old University of Illinois student, the crisis point hit one day back in mid-August.
A feeling of being overwhelmed had been building for weeks, and little things were adding to her stress:
She'd been forced to cancel her last appointment with a psychiatrist on campus because she was needed at her summer job that day.
She was in the midst of moving, and found the electricity turned off at her new apartment.
CHAMPAIGN – When the track at the University of Illinois Armory reopens later this fall, runners and walkers will be exercising on a new, more cushioned surface, and they will have more convenient access to restrooms and a drinking fountain.
But the track will no longer be open for all to use free of charge.
Neighbors about a mile out won't notice the difference if the odor from a large hog containment facility is run up a stack, like smoke from a factory or power plant.
If the operation smelled to them before, it still will stink, although using a stack does reduce the odor nearer the site, scientists from the Illinois State Water Survey have found.
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