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CHAMPAIGN – Like a growing number of students at Parkland College, Arthur Baker and Alex Adcock opt for convenience, and they're earning credits online this summer, not in a classroom.
Baker, a University of Illinois sophomore business major, said he signed up for a summer psychology class because he had to fulfill a requirement and wanted to get it out of the way.
The University of Illinois plans to build a fourth campus.
A virtual campus.
Last month, top UI administrators submitted to UI President B. Joseph White a 54-page report outlining plans to launch Global Campus, the UI's multimillion-dollar online education initiative.
Driving to work one day last winter, Richard Minick Jr. spotted the Cozy's frozen custard shop standing closed for the season. And it gave him an idea.
Why waste the building for part of the year, he figured, when it could become a second location for the Campustown restaurant called Junior's that he operates with his father, Rick Minick?
CHAMPAIGN – For residents of central Champaign, summer 2006 likely will be remembered for the multiple road construction projects under way.
For the most part, residents of Green, John and Healey streets – all of which are under construction east of Prospect Avenue – are pleased to see their streets being improved. They say they're willing to put up with construction inconveniences like noise, dust and parking on side streets.
URBANA – Lorean Howard of Urbana was driving down Main Street in Urbana on Friday morning when she decided to stop for something to eat.
And then she saw it – the ominous light on her dashboard that flickers on when the gas tank is nearly empty.
A longtime Champaign-Urbana dry-cleaning business has closed its doors because of the increasing costs of doing business, particularly complying with government regulations, its owner said.
Denny Lincicome, owner of Denny's Professional Cleaners & Launderers, said he closed his two locations in Urbana and one on Kirby Avenue in Champaign on Thursday morning, the same day the business filed for bankruptcy.
OAKWOOD – Chelsey DeYoung takes home less than $400 a month from her summer job at the Oakwood Public Library but spends almost $50 a month driving from her home in Fithian.
The 16-year-old is trying to save money for college.
TUSCOLA – Representatives from Tuscola and Mattoon, back from a two-day meeting in Pittsburgh, say the sessions were helpful in explaining what the cities need to do to win the proposed FutureGen plant.
They reviewed the technical aspects of the environment work the cities have to do, said Brian Moody, director of Tuscola's economic development efforts. And they asked a lot of questions.
Your Web browser quits and interrupts your blissful surfing.
The video game that's currently dominating your life crashes just as you're about to wipe out the enemy forces and complete the penultimate level.
URBANA – Rain, even more than the recent heat wave, is being blamed for a drop in attendance at this year's Champaign County Fair.
Final figures have not been determined, but total attendance for the 154th fair was between 48,000 and 49,000, according to Champaign County Fair Manager Karen Duffin.