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Rantoul will make pitch for farm show

RANTOUL – Rantoul wants to be the home of the Farm Progress Show.

The village will make a formal proposal within several weeks to become one of two permanent homes for the Farm Progress Show, according to Village Administrator Gary Adams.

Solar variations may play part in global warming

Cyclical, natural variations in the sun's intensity added to manmade factors could make global warming worse than has been anticipated.

That's one implication of a study by University of Illinois researchers and colleagues of the environmental changes recorded in the sediment of an Alaskan lake over the last 12,000 years.

It's your business: Twin City Honda-BMW expanding in Savoy

Twin City Honda-BMW in Savoy plans to double its service department space to better accommodate its growing customer base, said Ron Bowen, the dealership's general manager.

Work on the expansion has already started. Concrete is being poured for more customer and employee parking space, because a new service building will take up part of the existing lot, he said.

County costs rely on sales tax even more

URBANA – Champaign County government's reliance on the public safety quarter-cent sales tax to pay for everyday operations of county government – and not just new construction projects – is growing.

The proposed fiscal 2004 county budget shows the county spending $608,900 in public safety sales tax funds to pay for electric and utility costs of public safety county buildings. That's at least double what was being spent on operations just two years ago.

Area libraries receive high ratings

URBANA – In national public library ratings, the Urbana Free Library once more has scored high – despite ongoing construction that might be keeping circulation down.

Urbana Free Library Executive Director Fred Schlipf said he was happy that Urbana registered a high score for the fifth straight year. It was ranked sixth in the state – competing mostly with wealthy Chicago suburbs in the ratings released Friday.

Fire safety begins with prevention

Residential fires can obviously kill, but even when families escape without any injuries, lives are disrupted and property destroyed.

Since January 2002, there have been more than 500 building fires with $4.4 million in damage in Champaign, Urbana and Danville.

UI provost up for Florida job

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two senior administrators at the University of Illinois are candidates for the presidency of the University of Florida.

Richard Herman, provost of the UI's Urbana campus, and Sylvia Manning, chancellor of the Chicago campus, will interview early this week for the top job at Florida. The university is searching for a president to succeed Charles Young, who has led it since November 1999.

Get hammered by a banana?

When Ringo Ko uses a banana to drive a nail into a board, the children at Martin Luther King elementary school in Urbana ooh, then ahh, then applaud as if Ringo had pulled an elephant from a top hat.

But this isn't magic.

Sore issue for some physicians

CHAMPAIGN – When Dr. Ruth Craddock resigned from Christie Clinic nearly three years ago, she was faced with two choices if she wanted to continue practicing medicine.

She could have moved out of the community and started a new practice somewhere else.

Today's lesson: Eating right

Between food that is good for children and food they will actually eat, there is a golden mean that challenges school lunch programs.

With soft drinks and candy bars in school hallways to enhance revenue for extracurriculars, competition from fast-food joints and convenience stores and budget cutbacks to contend with, cafeterias have to be both public health missionaries and successful businesses. Otherwise they risk contributing to a calorie oversupply that results in obesity for one-third of American children.