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Engineering open house grows

Battling robots and voting machines that don't just record the votes – they do the voting, too – are among the attractions scheduled for the annual University of Illinois Engineering Open House this week.

This year's open house will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, mostly in buildings on and around the UI Engineering Quad clustered near Springfield Avenue between Wright Street and Goodwin Avenue in Urbana.

It's Your Business: Kinko's making a move in Campustown

Remodeling is under way on the new Campustown location for Kinko's, which plans to move from 606 S. Sixth St., C, to 613 S. Wright St., C, this spring.

Shop manager Debbie Montgomery said the move is set to take place in mid-May, and the Kinko's on Sixth Street will remain open until then.

3 candidates vying for circuit judgeship

URBANA – With no Democrats in the primary, three Republican candidates are trying to fill the seat vacated by Judge John DeLaMar almost two years ago.

The three have tried to stay above controversy or attacks on each other, and all three are experienced, so the main issue, according to the candidates, is which experience is the most important.

Unit 4's tech status? 'One ugly baby'

CHAMPAIGN – Technology experts assessing the condition of Champaign schools' computer system made one shocking discovery: 14 pornographic videos tucked away on an innocent employee's hard drive.

In fact, employees checking the extensive system discovered large amounts of inappropriate content stored in it, enough trash to fill up several hard drives, said David Malone, new interim director of educational technology.

Man's community efforts spring from real 'Barbershop'

CHAMPAIGN – Sean Williams was a budding entrepreneur nearly five years ago when he opened up his barbershop in north Champaign.

Through a program designed to encourage black businesses, Williams received a startup grant of $7,200, just enough to furnish and equip his shop with chairs and supplies. But he still didn't know what to call it.

Should state's rich pay more?

SPRINGFIELD – Voters in Cunningham, Danville, Georgetown and Carroll townships; the city of Rantoul; and 24 counties around the state will be asked March 16 whether they like the idea of a Robin Hood-style taxation system.

The "taxpayer action amendment" on the ballots in those areas is a nonbinding advisory question proposed by Lt. Governor Pat Quinn. About half of the state's population will have an opportunity to vote on the question.

'Carving out' mental health care

CHAMPAIGN – When two Champaign psychiatrists left Christie Clinic and set up new practices in Coles County last year, many of their Champaign-Urbana patients took on an out-of-town commute to continue treatment with the same doctors.

Now Drs. David Kopacz and Allan Crandell say many of their patients are fretting about another potential disruption to their mental health care – one that affects their insurance coverage.

Pricing land out of farmers' reach

ROSSVILLE – If 60 acres of farmland came up for sale adjacent to Brian Andrews' Rossville farm, he might have to sit on his hands and let someone else buy it.

As more and more cropland fetches prices around $4,000 or $5,000 per acre, local farmers like Andrews find they are being priced out of the market.

Carle ends practice of debtor arrests

URBANA – Carle Foundation Hospital will stop "body attachment" arrests of its debtors, effective immediately.

The practice, in which collection agencies use court-ordered arrests to wring money from patients in arrears, will no longer be used by the hospital, which described them as a rarely used method of last resort. The hospital announced the change on Friday.

Panel: Killer moms often overwhelmed

CHAMPAIGN – Two local mothers who killed their children may fit a pattern of being isolated, overwhelmed and disturbed.

The Eighth Annual Women's Law Symposium at the University of Illinois law school Friday brought together a national expert on mothers who kill with a lawyer and a psychiatrist who have first-hand experience here.