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Ruling: Provena not tax-exempt entity

URBANA – The Illinois Department of Revenue has ruled that Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana is not a tax-exempt charitable organization – a ruling that could force the hospital to pay $1.1 million annually in local property taxes.

Champaign County and Provena officials confirmed the ruling was handed down on Friday.

Jury to decide on price tag for farmland

URBANA – A jury will decide how much the University of Illinois pays for a farm near Savoy – the owner's estimate is about twice the university's.

Judge Arnold Blockman opened the eminent domain proceeding Monday by instructing jury members that their job isn't about deciding whether the state can take the Burwash farm at First Street and Old Church Road, but how much it will have to pay for it.

Man convicted of armed robbery at Jerry's IGA

URBANA – A 23-year-old Urbana man with a history of violent crimes faces up to 30 years in prison for his most recent conviction.

A Champaign County jury on Monday convicted Sean Blackwell, whose last known address was in the 2200 block of Cottage Grove Avenue, of the Feb. 2, 2003, armed robbery of an employee at the Jerry's IGA, 2010 S. Philo Road, U.

Ladies in the making

BISMARCK – When Norma Claypool holds a tea party, she has lots of advice for the young ladies sitting around her dining room table.

The Bismarck resident very seriously tells her young guests, "There are two things a lady should never leave home without: her smile and deodorant."

Reaction to white-only scholarship divided at UI

Members of some University of Illinois student organizations were divided in their reaction to an East Coast university group's decision to set up a white-only scholarship.

The College Republicans chapter at Roger Williams University now offers a $250 scholarship for white students only, a move they said was designed to protest affirmative action.

State handing out 5 ag scholarships

Applications are now available for "Excellence in Agriculture" scholarships from Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka's office.

"Agriculture education is so important to keeping the industry alive and well in Illinois," Topinka said in a written statement. "By encouraging today's students, we can help ensure agriculture's success well into the 21st century."

UI vets say mad-cow risk to cats and dogs is low

During the peak of the mad cow outbreak in Great Britain in the 1990s, about 100 cats were diagnosed with a feline version of the brain-wasting disease.

But the risk of a cat or dog contracting mad cow disease from its pet food is rare, said veterinarians with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Measure promotes electronics recycling

SPRINGFIELD – It's hard to keep up with changing technology, but once you do buy that new computer, what happens to the old one?

State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, hopes a new bill will encourage people to recycle such items, rather than throw them away.

Intruders hasten Prairienet upgrade

URBANA – Prairienet officials expected key services to be back in action today after an attack shut down most of the community computer network for East Central Illinois.

Intruders attempted to install "sniffing" software to collect Prairienet e-mail addresses, passwords and other information, but the software was incompatible with Prairienet's mail system.

It's Your Business: Campustown shop features high-end clothing

Paris' Boutique, a store featuring high-end clothing for women, opened earlier this month in Campustown at 202 E. Green St., C.

The owner, Paris Seloover of Farmer City, said she is carrying casual and dressier clothing in such brands as Ella Moss, C&C California, Seven for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, Blue Cult, Chip & Pepper and Yanuk.