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SAVOY – It was a celebration 52 years in the making, and Illinois fans did it up right Sunday night when welcoming home their Big Ten Conference champion Illinois men's basketball team.
"Fifty-two years is a long time, but we finally pulled it off," Illinois junior guard Luther Head told a spirited crowd – estimated by one Flightstar charter company official to be about 1,500 people – that flocked to Willard Airport after the Illini clinched the title outright for the first time since 1952 with a 64-63 victory against Ohio State.
URBANA – In the spirit of setting a good example and creating the healthiest possible environment for staff, patients and visitors, Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Clinic say they'll be kicking smoking all the way off their campuses starting Sept. 1.
That means smokers who wants to light up on a Carle property won't only have to leave the buildings to do so. They'll have to leave the grounds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.