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Austin's Place shelter seeking volunteers ahead of Dec. 1 opening

CHAMPAIGN — Austin's Place, the emergency winter shelter for homeless women at First United Methodist Church in Champaign, still needs volunteers in time for its opening Dec. 1.

The shelter is being expanded for this winter from eight to 10 beds, according to co-leader Kelli Kemper.

Ameren to raise delivery charge for electricity in 2019

CHAMPAIGN — Ameren Illinois plans to raise its electric delivery charges on monthly power bills starting next year.

The average residential electric customer will see an increase of $4.50 per month in the electric-delivery charge — though the increase will be offset for some customers by lower electric-supply costs along with lower natural-gas prices, the utility said.

UPDATE: Ammons on ads: 'I have always been and will continue to be open about my story'

CHAMPAIGN — A 75-year-old Urbana man who recorded a controversial radio ad slamming Aaron Ammons, the Democratic candidate for Champaign County clerk, said his issues with Ammons date back to a 5-year-old union dispute.

The Health Reporter Is In, Nov. 1, 2018

Q: What are the main things to know about enrolling in health insurance for next year through the government exchange?

A: Premiums are rising, on average, by 6 percent next year for Affordable Care Act-compliant plans sold both on and off the government exchange, according to research published last week by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Current, past UI officials part of $4.7B effort to map all of Earth's genomes

URBANA — A massive global research project described as "a moonshot for biology" is set to be launched in London today.

The Earth BioGenome Project aims to sequence the genetic code, or genomes, of all known 1.5 million animal, plant, fungal and protozoan organisms on Earth over the next decade at a projected cost of $4.7 billion.

MTD board approves seeking 21.7 percent tax-levy increase

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is seeking a nearly 21.7 percent increase in its tax levy for next year.

Case for trucker accused of shattering windows on I-74 continued

URBANA — A possible plea deal for the Wisconsin trucker accused of using a slingshot and metal balls to shatter windows of vehicles he passed on Interstate 74 has been delayed until December.

State regulators approve sale of Champaign County Nursing Home

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BOLINGBROOK — The Champaign County Nursing Home is on its way to becoming privately owned, now that a sale lined up by county officials has been approved by state regulators.

State review board set to have final vote on nursing home sale today

CHAMPAIGN — A state regulatory board is set to decide today whether a planned sale of the Champaign County Nursing Home can proceed.

It's one of dozens of cases before the state Health Facilities and Services Review Board at an all-day session in Bolingbrook, and the final agenda was revised Monday to reflect that there's opposition to the sale.

Democratic organizers: Midterms are a 'blue awakening'

MAHOMET — Taking an interest in elections and voting: That's nothing new for Jennifer Livingston.

Getting out and knocking on doors for Democratic candidates: That's a first for Livingston, a Mahomet mom and new precinct committeewoman who said she's taking a more active role for the first time ever in an election campaign.