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GEORGETOWN – It has taken more than three years from start to finish, but a retired Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School bookkeeper has seen her dream come true.
Janie Galyen has written her first novel, "Palmetto Summer," a mystery-romance, published by the online company Publish America.
URBANA – Elizabeth Oatis of Urbana was reading the newspaper Thursday morning at a table in the Urbana Free Library.
She enjoys spending time at the historic library in downtown Urbana, but she's not likely to be doing that next month.
SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, wants to send Illinois schoolchildren in pursuit of trivia.
Jakobsson has introduced legislation, HB 6572, that would require the State Board of Education to develop and market an Illinois trivia game based on questions submitted by the state's elementary and secondary school students.
SPRINGFIELD – Potlucks would be protected from public health inspectors, under legislation recently introduced in the General Assembly.
State Sen. Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa, said he decided to file SB 2944 after hearing that the local public health department had shut down a monthly potluck at United Methodist Church in Minonk in Woodford County.
Several members of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees said they have no problem delaying a vote on whether to retire Chief Illiniwek until after a March 16 and 17 student referendum on the issue.
The Illinois Student Government voted unanimously last week to give students a chance to vote on retaining or retiring the university symbol. The Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the issue at its March 11 meeting, five days before the student referendum.
CHAMPAIGN – Carle Clinic has opened its second branch clinic in Champaign at 1813 W. Kirby Ave.
The second clinic is providing some growth space for Carle's other branch clinic in Champaign, on Mattis Avenue, where patient demand has been growing but there was no room to expand, said Carle Clinic spokeswoman Ann Nogle.
CHAMPAIGN – Two Champaign men have now been charged with fatally strangling a Champaign woman, but police say their investigation is continuing.
"Two people are in custody, and we hope to make more arrests," Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney said Wednesday.
URBANA – A Champaign man who admitted he wanted his wife dead so he could carry on his life with a lover pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted murder.
Jason Broadstone, 31, who listed an address on Leichner Drive, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison for the Class X felony when sentenced next month by Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd.
SPRINGFIELD – Legislation recently introduced in the General Assembly aims to make dormitory dwellers safer by requiring the state's private and public colleges and universities to put sprinklers in all campus residential buildings.
"Student housing on campus is not as safe as parents think it is," said state Rep. Danny Burke, D-Chicago, the sponsor of HB 4361. "Only 35 percent of dormitories have a fire sprinkler system, and anyone who has ever visited a dormitory knows how these buildings breed fire hazards. Hundreds of young adults are crammed together, sometimes three or four people to one room. Students are burning candles and have a computer, TV, VCR, DVD, stereo, phone and toaster oven all plugged into one outlet. This is an accident waiting to happen."
URBANA – The Urbana Park District board has hired a Lafayette, Ind., woman as its new executive director.
The park board voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire Vicki Mayes as the district's new executive director. Mayes, who said she was "a little bit over 50" years of age, will start March 15 at a salary of $76,000 annually, including a $4,000 car allowance.