Debra Pressey

Debra Pressey

UPDATED: Possible settlements involving Champaign police total more than $3.7M

CHAMPAIGN — Two men who sued the city of Champaign and some of its police officers stand to collectively receive more than $3.7 million in settlement payments, with the bulk of the money going to a man claiming to have been wrongfully incarcerated for nearly 18 years.

The payments will be paid if the Champaign City Council approves their settlement agreements Tuesday night.

Center for preschoolers on autism spectrum to open in Lincoln Square

URBANA — The new Place for Children with Autism, a five-days-a-week program for preschoolers on the autism spectrum, is set to open Tuesday on the lower level of Lincoln Square.

The center is in 5,000 square feet of space once occupied by Health Alliance.

UI's 'unofficial dean' of black students getting 'well overdue' honors

CHAMPAIGN — Back when black University of Illinois students were shut out of campus life, they had a friend in Albert Lee.

A 52-year employee in the UI president's office, Lee voluntarily helped fill in gaps for black students, who could enroll in school but couldn't live in university housing or eat at many campus restaurants.

Everyone out of the pool: Sholem closes for cleaning after disease warning

CHAMPAIGN — The Sholem Aquatic Center in Champaign was closed for 24 hours starting Thursday afternoon after health officials warned about a swimming-related disease outbreak in central Illinois.

The closing was posted late Thursday afternoon on the aquatic center's Facebook page.

MTD moves forward with app-based on-demand service

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is on its way to launching two new on-demand services in which riders will be able to request van transportation using a new app.

The Health Reporter Is In, Aug. 30, 2018

Q: Now that a big study has failed to show taking baby aspirin can help prevent a first heart attack or stroke, should people keep taking it?

A: Don't make any changes before you talk to your doctor, two local medical advisors are urging.

Accidents, exits played key role in decision to lower I-74 speed limit

CHAMPAIGN -- If you're wondering why you'll have to take your foot off the gas a bit when heading through Champaign-Urbana on Interstate 74, the answer lies in too many accidents and lots of places to enter and exit the highway in a short span of road.

Holiday weekend, Hawaii hurricane prompt call for blood donations

URBANA — Blood donors are especially needed this week, according to Community Blood Services of Illinois.

Not only is there a holiday weekend approaching, but the organization also hopes to be able to continue taking part in a national effort to support the blood supply in Hawaii following Hurricane Lane.

State board considering venue change for nursing-home sale hearing

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URBANA — A state board is looking into the possibility of changing the location for a public hearing on the sale of the Champaign County Nursing Home.

UI researchers' study confirms cats crave stimulation

URBANA — Do cats benefit from stimulating surroundings and attention from the humans around them? You bet.

University of Illinois researchers, who set up a unique environment for 35 cats involved in a study, affirmed what some cat owners already know.

"Cats are so intelligent," said Amy Fischer, a UI animal-sciences professor. "They benefit from an enriched environment."