Debra Pressey

Debra Pressey

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."

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.

C-U at Home moving into former TIMES Center in September

CHAMPAIGN — C-U at Home said it has finalized a lease with Rosecrance to move to the former TIMES Center building at 70 E. Washington St., C.

C-U at Home's Phoenix daytime drop-in center for the homeless will move from 34 E. Green St., C, to the TIMES Center building owned by Rosecrance next month.

Plea deal for alleged drunken-driving accident in Campustown called off

URBANA — A plea deal for a 25-year-old Champaign man who allegedly struck a pedestrian in a drunken-driving accident is off for now.

Diplomat from Democratic Republic of Congo to speak Sept. 7 at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — A noted politician from the Democratic Republic of the Congo will speak at Parkland College next month.

Zacharie Bababaswe will speak about the future of the DRC and its electoral process at noon Sept. 7 at the student union at Parkland, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

The Health Reporter Is In, Aug. 23, 2018

Q: Is there anywhere in the Champaign County area that offers lower-price counseling for kids and teens — on a sliding scale based on family income?

A: Three I'm aware of are Promise Healthcare, Family Service of Champaign County and Crosspoint Human Services, though there may be others.

Davis, in Urbana, says local incident involving former aide is news to him

CHAMPAIGN — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said he knows "absolutely nothing" about an incident in Champaign involving now-fired campaign aide Levi Lovell.

Nor has he spoken to Lovell, the Taylorville Republican said.

State board sets public hearing on sale of county nursing home for Sept. 13

URBANA — A state board plans to spend four hours hearing public testimony in Urbana next month about the pending $11 million sale of the Champaign County Nursing Home.

The hearing before the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has been scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, U.

Resurfacing work begins on several downtown Champaign streets

CHAMPAIGN — It's single-lane traffic and delays for drivers in the center of downtown Champaign these days — and it's going to remain that way for about another week.

The city launched some resurfacing improvements Friday as part of a broader project aimed at improving safety downtown.

County nursing home's potential buyers file bid by deadline

URBANA — The Evanston companies poised to buy the Champaign County Nursing Home submitted an application to a state review board Friday, just in time for it likely to be considered at the board's next session Oct. 30.