URBANA – Mary Coleman, 59, is in her second year of living at the 99-unit Lakeside Terrace apartments.
For her, the outdated public housing development is home. Disabled by arthritis and other ailments, she's unable to work full time and is glad to have a place to live where she said she doesn't have to pay rent.
URBANA – Lynn Reedy wanted to change the world and some people would say the senior vice president for product development and architecture at eBay has done just that.
Reedy says helping build the world's largest online auction site, not to mention a cultural icon, has had her waking up each morning excited to go to work.
CHAMPAIGN – In baseball, numbers tell the story. - - And here are the numbers for Itch Jones'' Illini. They''re 7-9 in the Big Ten games that matter, and they probably need to finish better than .500 (in this case, 17-15) to earn a position in the six-team league playoffs.
That means, starting tonight against Penn State at Illinois Field, they need to win 10 of 16 remaining Big Ten games.
TUSCOLA – Jim Nayonis is back in town this week, hoping to "relearn how to relax."
Fourteen months in Baghdad was "enough," he understates.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Illinois'' top-ranked men''s tennis team got off to a rousing start at the Big Ten tournament.
Even before taking the court for today''s opener.
Candace Hatchett had just graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais and was looking for her first step into the teaching field. The Champaign school district could have lost her to Florida or Kentucky, but she chose to stay closer to her hometown of Gary, Ind. Hachett, 22, said she brings energy and enthusiasm to the position and is proud to add her diversity to the list.
"When I look at my classroom, it is very mixed," said the second-grade teacher at Bottenfield Elementary, who was recommended for the job by the school's principal. "If the class is made up of different people, they need to see staff that look different. The more they see it in school, the more it will broaden their horizons when they are older. Hopefully as I teach, they will begin to appreciate the differences and value it."
SPRINGFIELD – The state's decision to drop Urbana-based Health Alliance Medical Plans as an option for state employees after 23 years is not, in fact, final, state Sen. Rick Winkel, R-Urbana, discovered Thursday.
Central Management Services Director Michael Rumman admitted during a private meeting with Winkel and state Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield, that the decision cannot go forward until the General Assembly's Economic and Fiscal Commission gives its consent, a fact that had not previously come to light.
CHAMPAIGN – Christie Clinic, which has been without psychiatrists on its medical staff for more than a year, says it will once again be offering psychiatric care through a new arrangement with Provena Behavioral Health.
Effective Saturday, Provena Behavioral Health will be moving psychiatrists to Christie's downtown Champaign clinic, and the clinic's three remaining mental health providers – one a psychologist and two licensed clinical social workers – will be joining the staff of Provena Behavioral Health, officials of both organizations said.
CHAMPAIGN – A few days ago, Aaron Spears told Bruce Weber he wanted to stay at Illinois.
But Weber could tell the big man''s heart wasn''t in it.
CHAMPAIGN – Reviewing professionals' assessments of the condition of their building, Central High School officials say the old school on University Avenue passed with a grade of about C-plus.
"That's in terms of meeting needs of the kinds of programs we'd like to offer," said Central Dean William Freyman.