September 2005

September 2005

General assistance cases jump

CHAMPAIGN – A five-fold increase in the number of poor people receiving general assistance is prompting the City of Champaign Township supervisor to ask for $228,000 in budget amendments.

City of Champaign Township Supervisor Linda Abernathy warns that she expects the township to plow through most of its general assistance reserve funds by the end of the fiscal year, next June 30.

Black will not run for Illinois Senate

DANVILLE – State Rep. Bill Black announced Sunday he will not run for the Illinois Senate in 2006.

Instead, he will run again for the House of Representatives seat he has held for more than two decades.

Letter rip

This week's comments from readers:

Consumers urged to watch for fraud

Consumers might want to monitor their checking accounts a bit more closely and be wary of cashing certain checks in light of several warnings issued about a Web site which allows people to create their own checks.

At the Web site,, registered participants can create and issue checks for a fee. But the Web site, which is owned by Neovi Data Corporation, does not investigate or verify any of the transactions, warned the Federal Deposit and local police.

The day after

A look back at Michigan State and look ahead at Iowa:

Former Illini in the NFLt

Here's how ex-Illini fared on Sunday:

New health district fee schedule takes effect next month

CHAMPAIGN – Taking a sick child to the doctor this month: Free.

Taking a sick child to the doctor starting next month: $24.25.

Zurrer, Illini good as gold

CHAMPAIGN – Freshman Emily Zurrer headed in a goal off a corner kick in the 104th minute Sunday as the Illinois women's soccer team improved to 2-0 in the Big Ten with a 3-2 victory against Wisconsin at Illini Field.

The Illini, who let a 2-0 lead slip away in the second half, were redeemed in the second overtime period, when Zurrer redirected a corner kick from defender Christen Karniski for the goal.

No rest for dreary Illini

CHAMPAIGN – What happens when your football team gives up 61 points in a game? Start with a restless night.

"It wasn't much of a night," Illinois coach Ron Zook said. "It was a long night. I've been there before. I'm sure I'll be there again."

On the road

I'm writing this on the road -- from a hostel near Harpers Ferry, WV. My friend Mark and I are completing a section of the Appalachian Trail from 80 miles south of Harpers Ferry to 40 miles north.