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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 – 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.
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.
CHAMPAIGN – Franklin Middle School's state championship team – and the shot that won the game – focused national media attention on the Champaign school.
Over the weekend, ESPN aired film of Verdell Jones III's 80-foot shot that nailed the basket as the final buzzer rang, winning the game at Stanford in the second overtime by one point. The sports network named it the No. 1 play of the day.
URBANA – Printed in 1776, lost for two centuries, found in a flea market, a rare first copy of the Declaration of Independence comes to town March 9.
Christy Salcido, the communications director of Declare Yourself, a nonpartisan group that seeks to encourage young voters, said the document, one of 200 printed on July 4, 1776, is one of only 25 to survive.
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.
If someone wants to buy Lavette Clark's books next fall, they will be in excellent condition. That's because some of them haven't been opened, even though spring semester started a month ago.
"I am ready to get out of here," said the University of Illinois senior in finance. "I am burned out. I'm not motivated."
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Police Department is investigating the death of a 20-year-old University of Illinois student who was killed Saturday morning after being struck by a vehicle.
Champaign and University of Illinois police found Nadia S. Chowdhury of Naperville lying in the roadway at the intersection of South Fourth and East John streets at 2:05 a.m. after responding to a call for a traffic accident.
URBANA – Pastor Guy Storm has often witnessed the healing effects of music when he has ministered at the bedsides of his dying friends, and he has marveled at the way a simple song can lift a person's spirit.
Now, he's part of an innovative study intended to show whether certain pieces of music may actually improve the way a diseased heart deals with stress.