Debra Pressey

Debra Pressey

Rep. Ammons proposes state Election Code revamp

SPRINGFIELD — State Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, has proposed a change in election years for three county offices.

An amendment Ammons filed earlier this week to House Bill 531 would change the state Election Code to shift the election years for county clerks, sheriffs and treasurers — last elected in 2018 — to presidential election years.

The Health Reporter Is In, May 17, 2019

Q: Which eye vitamin or vitamin supplement is best to slow the progression of macular degeneration? Would that choice need to be updated with aging and the state of the progression?

'Call it a miracle': Dad thankful for good Samaritans who helped daughter on I-57

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CHAMPAIGN — For Rob Brown, the events that all lined up to help save the life of his 20-year-old daughter were nothing short of a miracle.

Urbana Free Library conducting survey, focus groups on future plans

URBANA — The Urbana Free Library is charting its future and is inviting the public to weigh in.

A survey asking patrons and others how they use the library and how satisfied they are with its various collections, programs and services is available online and at the library through May 27.

Living Legends: 'Every time she walks in that door, she has a smile on her face'

CHAMPAIGN — When Lorelei Williams arrives for activities with the Douglass Seniors group, she always brings with her a smile and a positive vibe.

"Every time she walks in that door, she has a smile on her face, no matter what's going on in her life," said Darius White, the Champaign Park District's Douglass senior program coordinator.

Courage Connection to close Lincoln Square resale store June 30

URBANA — Connections, the resale store operated by Courage Connection at Lincoln Square, will close June 30, the agency said.

Michael Ujcich, Courage Connection's development and outreach director, said the agency is closing the store to focus on its mission, which is providing services for survivors of domestic violence.

Inman Place gets new owner; no changes expected

CHAMPAIGN — Inman Place, a senior independent living community in downtown Champaign, is under new ownership.

No changes are expected as a result of the sale, according to Inman Place manager Carolyn Crawford.

The bank that owned Inman Place transferred the ownership to a new corporate entity, Crawford said.

New target date for mailing property tax bills: May 28

URBANA — Champaign County property tax bills are going to be mailed even later than projected.

The new tentative tax date for tax bills to be mailed is May 28, eight days later than the last tentative date, according to county Treasurer Laurel Prussing.

Living Legends: 'A woman of so much wisdom and knowledge'

CHAMPAIGN — Described as a kind and selfless giver, Carolyn Savage has never sought the limelight.

Now she's about to be honored by an organization that believes unsung heroines of the community shouldn't go unrecognized.

Federal grant will fund Willard runway upgrade

SAVOY — University of Illinois Willard Airport hopes to begin work on a runway improvement project next year with the help of a $9.9 million federal grant.

The grant was announced Friday by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The money will be used to reconstruct one of the three runways at Willard.