MATTOON – The Carle Foundation is, once again, making plans to expand medical services in Coles County.
After failing to win state approval to build an outpatient surgery center in Mattoon-Charleston, Carle announced Wednesday afternoon that it will now undertake a $5 million addition and renovation to its Carle Foundation Physicians building on Lerna Road in Mattoon and a renovation of its Park Drive facility in Charleston.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board is considering hiring a consultant to help with the long-range plan for the district's buildings.
Kristine Chalifoux and Greg Novak, the school board members who are developing a framework for the planning process, have met with two people and plan to talk with two more who have experience working with groups on planning. All are local, and several are connected to the University of Illinois.
Try explaining to a financially pressed homeowner why his or her property taxes are soaring at the same time that property values are dropping nationally.
It doesn't make sense.
DANVILLE – The Danville school district has been recognized for its efforts to conserve the environment.
At Wednesday's school board meeting, officials were given an energy stewardship award from Energy Education Inc., the Texas-based company it partnered with to run an energy conservation and management program.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said 38-year-old Brent Newlin's death was due to multiple traumatic injuries he received when his car crossed the median on Interstate 74 and crashed into two semitrucks.
But Northrup also said "a significant factor" in the death was probably a brain tumor that caused a seizure.
DANVILLE – The city will soon have a new treasurer.
Eisenhauer announced his appointment of Lisa Monson as the city's new treasurer Wednesday morning. Monson is the administrative assistant to the mayor, a position she's had since 2002.
HOOPESTON – Several dozen residents got an overview this week about projects that are under consideration as part of a "visioning" effort for Hoopeston's community health.
"It's an exciting time for Hoopeston," said Lourdine Florek, member of the infrastructure committee. "A lot of groundwork is being laid. Things are getting done now."
DANVILLE – Local General Motors retirees are pleased to hear their health insurance benefits will stay intact under a tentative agreement between the United Auto Workers and GM, but they are eager to know more details.
"As you get older, you need health insurance," said Harry Freeman, of Danville, a GM retiree who worked at the former GM Tilton foundry.
DANVILLE – Awareness is the focus of a community gathering Saturday, sponsored by the Vermilion County Crimestoppers organization.
The voluntary group will hold its fourth annual car show and movie night from 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown Danville.
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