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City falls short on minority hiring goal

CHAMPAIGN – The city did not meet its goal for minority work force representation in 2005.

Champaign's goal was to have 14.7 percent of its work force be minorities, but the final percentage was 12.5 percent.

The figures are contained in the city's 2005 affirmative action report, which will be discussed by the Champaign City Council at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The council meets in study session in council chambers at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

Picture brighter for two Provena hospitals

URBANA – With one of the two hospitals under his watch turning a profit and the other losing considerably less money than it did a year ago, David Bertauski may be just what the doctor ordered for Provena Health's financially ailing Central Illinois region.

Last year, Provena's Covenant Medical Center in Urbana and United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville lost a combined $6.8 million – with Covenant's $10 million loss wiping out a gain in excess of $3 million at United Samaritans.

It's your business

Champaign-Urbana's newest Walgreens drugstore – built at Kirby Avenue and Neil Street in Champaign – is almost ready for shoppers.

An opening date has been set for Friday, manager Liza Stillabower said.

Savoy man puts unique spin on old vinyl records

Frank Sinatra was used to having drinks inside of him, not on top of him.

But in the world of Bob Siebrecht, Sinatra – or rather his records – make the perfect coaster. Siebrecht, a longtime teacher in the Department of Human and Community Development in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, turns old vinyl LPs and 45 singles into unique coasters. Sinatra happens to be one of his best-sellers.

Habitat officials still mum on Huth's firing

CHAMPAIGN – Three top employees at Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County have just over one year's experience – combined.

Eileen Gebbie, hired in May as volunteer and outreach manager, is serving as interim executive director after the board's dismissal of Laura Huth on July 6. Development Director Megan Wolf was just hired, replacing Anna Olson, who left June 30 after one year on the job. Gebbie's predecessor, Annisa Rainey, lasted less than a year.

Plant site finalists to be revealed this week

SPRINGFIELD – On Tuesday morning, Tuscola, Mattoon and 10 other communities will find out if they still have a chance to land the $1 billion FutureGen project, billed as the "coal plant of the future."

Brian Moody, executive director of Tuscola Economic Development Inc., said he was excited to learn that a date had been set to announce the list of finalists.

Enforcement plan in place for smoking ban

URBANA – With only 11 days to go before Urbana restaurants must become smoke-free, the city and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District have reached a tentative agreement on how they'll jointly enforce the smoking ban.

The biggest emphasis will be on education, with several city officials planning to fan out across the city next week to visit 53 Urbana restaurants to explain the smoking ban in detail to restaurant owners and managers.

People attend Amish sale for food and fellowship

ARTHUR – On the north side, the SUVs, pickups and farm trucks park.

On the south side are Amish buggies, carts and horses, swishing their tails at pesky flies.

In between, in the shade of a large metal pole barn, the two cultures meld into a friendly group of bidders and sellers as the Arthur Produce Auction gets under way.

It's your business

A new choice in pizza – Rosati's – is coming to the University of Illinois campus area.

Rosati's Pizza is set to open in late September at Gregory Place, a Campustown development that already has several restaurants – including Basil Thai, Subway and Blues BBQ – at 701 S. Gregory St., U.

Computer trouble? Just call ... Teen Tech Team

EAST ST. LOUIS – Christine Jackson already was thinking she would like to attend the University of Illinois.

"I've always wanted to go there ever since, like, the basketball team, and it's pretty close to home," the 16-year-old Belleville East High School student said recently.