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CHAMPAIGN – Pure, unbridled joy.
The simple act of swinging through the air, something most children take for granted, delighted residents of the Swann Special Care Center on Thursday as they tested a new swing made especially for the disabled.
FARMER CITY – Until a few weeks ago, if a person suddenly suffered a heart attack or other medical ailment, Farmer City residents could count on an ambulance with a paramedic, intravenous equipment and drugs on board to arrive in a few minutes.
All that changed on June 7 as a result of a state decision because the city no longer has enough trained paramedics.
A 14-year-old boy said that after his mother started using methamphetamine, she no longer acted like a mom should.
In contrast, his 13-year-old brother believes the government is persecuting their father unfairly.
CHAMPAIGN – When Christie Clinic opened its own cancer center this spring in downtown Champaign, nearby Provena Covenant Medical Center predicted the competition would make a substantial dent in the hospital's income.
Now, the hospital is lining up to object to another Christie Clinic expansion project: a new outpatient surgery center.
CHAMPAIGN – After 77 years in the heart of downtown Champaign, Christie Clinic is making plans to move to the northwest side of the city.
Christie officials planned to announce today that The Atkins Group will buy all the clinic's downtown Champaign properties and develop a new Christie Clinic campus just north of the junction of Interstates 74 and 57.
SPRINGFIELD – Friends and family gathered at a Springfield hospital following a fall by a Mahomet man from a cellphone tower near Springfield.
Bret Beherns was listed this morning in critical condition at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
DANVILLE – Sometime this week, Jill Myer will swim with dolphins, jet ski, parasail, go to a luau and climb Diamond Head volcanic crater in Waikiki.
On Wednesday, the 13-year-old Danville resident is taking her family to Hawaii as part of her six-day dream vacation.
CHAMPAIGN – Local officials displayed a new, state-of-the-art communications tool Friday as fire departments from throughout the state gathered in Champaign.
The Champaign Fire Department will be the host for the new mobile center to allow radio, phone, satellite and Internet communications for police, fire and public works departments, along with utility companies and other organizations responding to disaster scenes.
URBANA – Propped up in a wheelchair and covered with blankets, Alecia Arnold had only one thought as a nurse rolled her into a hospital room full of brand new toys and urged her to choose a present for herself.
"I want to get something for my mommy," Alecia said, turning down a few suggestions from nurses and then settling on a plush kangaroo puppet for her mother.
Smoke 'em if you got 'em, and do it fast if you're in a restaurant, even in a restaurant's bar, in Urbana or Champaign.
The two cities will have some coordinating to do where plain old bars are concerned, but it looks like smokers will have to take it outside there as well by early 2007.