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College dropouts don't often get rousing applause when they enter a room. But not many college dropouts are called an "iconic figure" by University of Illinois President James Stukel.
That was the case at 7 p.m. Tuesday when Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates walked across the Foellinger Auditorium stage, as he prepared to speak about the evolution of computers and the next wave of breakthroughs.
SPRINGFIELD – Women would be able to obtain the morning-after pill in Illinois without a prescription, under legislation advanced by a House committee Tuesday.
The pill, which is essentially a double dose of birth control pills, reduces the chance of pregnancy by up to 89 percent if taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse, so quick access is crucial, said state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago.
CHAMPAIGN – Horizon Hobby Inc. has acquired a leading maker of model train products, California-based Athearn Trains.
Steve Goodreau, a spokesman for Champaign-based Horizon Hobby, said the move won't affect employment or existing facilities for either Horizon or Athearn.
CHAMPAIGN – It's tough times for CIB Marine Bancshares, the parent company of Central Illinois Bank.
The Pewaukee, Wis.-based company sent a letter to shareholders Friday announcing its president's retirement, a loss for the year 2003 and the likelihood that banking regulators will restrict more of its operations.
CHAMPAIGN – Passengers can fly from Champaign-Urbana to Cincinnati and back for $156, under introductory rates announced Monday by Delta Air Lines.
The airline plans to offer three Delta Connection flights a day between Champaign-Urbana and Cincinnati beginning May 14.
URBANA – Champaign police arrested five people Sunday for possession of methamphetamine components after security staff at two discount stores called officers about suspected drug activity.
All were charged Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court with unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing chemicals, a Class 2 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.
SAVOY– While Gov. Rod Blagojevich has proposed pulling the plug on $30 million of funding for the purchase of land for new parks, money for a new park in Savoy hasn't been affected.
Last week, the governor proposed a one-year "holiday" on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' open lands program, which provides money to preserve open lands and pay for new parks and playgrounds.
CHAMPAIGN – Passengers traveling from Willard Airport will have a new alternative May 14. That's the date Delta Air Lines has chosen to launch Delta Connection service between Champaign-Urbana and Cincinnati.
Delta announced today it will offer three Delta Connection flights daily between Willard Airport in Savoy and Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport.
The vacant restaurant space next to the Schnucks grocery on North Mattis Avenue in Champaign will soon house a new Chinese restaurant.
The restaurant, to be called Four Seasons House, is taking over the space vacated by the former Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe. The new restaurant is set to open about April 1, said Dean Tsui, a spokesman for the owners.
Elisabeth Boever has seen what all the fuss is about, and she said it is worth the hype.
She saw a special screening of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" in January during a national conference for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.