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Value of Champaign brick pile lower than expected

Champaign city administrators on Tuesday night will ask city council members for authorization to sell up to 150,000 bricks at 50 cents each. That's a good chunk of cash, but not nearly as high as city officials had hoped.


Anthony Cobb on one month as Champaign's police chief

Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb marked his 1-month anniversary as the head of the department on April 12, and he said the feedback he's been getting so far is positive.

He has been spending most of his time getting to know the department itself and working on internal issues, which is exactly what he promised on his way in.


How a Champaign kid became police chief


Why the city wants to negotiate your electric rates

A few readers have asked me why the cities of Champaign and Urbana want to be involved in negotiating residents' electric rates and, I'll be honest, I didn't really have an answer.


UI professor: Unofficial is 'orgiastic defilement' of St. Patrick

A letter to Gov. Pat Quinn from a University of Illinois law professor has been floating around lately, but I have yet to see it published in its entirety.


Unofficial St. Pat's rules expected soon; 'not dissimilar' from past years

Blog PhotoCity rules for Unofficial St. Patrick's Day will be issued soon, says Champaign Mayor Don Gerard, who also acts as liquor commissioner.

If you live or work on campus, mark your calendar: swarms of drunken students clad in green will commandeer campus on March 2.


Despite state downgrade, city of Champaign's credit still resilient

During the summer, when Standard & Poor's downgraded the federal credit rating, I wrote that Champaign's finances were "resilient."


Simple and sleek: iPad makes it easy

Don’t get me wrong, I really like my Android phone.


Live blog: Thursday's police chief candidates forum

Thanks for following our coverage tonight. Who was your favorite candidate? Let us know by commenting below, sending me an email or a message on Twitter. Hope you enjoyed tonight's live blog.

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City wants to sell bricks at a 36 percent markup

In spring 2010, I wrote a story about the city of Champaign's massive, 292,000-brick stockpile and their repeated assertions that they wouldn't dare sell their pavers.


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