URBANA – "Fresh Air" is off the air here, as local public radio trims its budget.
WILL radio Program Director Jay Pearce, who becomes interim station manager today, said the award-winning National Public Radio interview show with Terry Gross had its last day on WILL-AM Tuesday.
CHAMPAIGN – "Follow your heart always so one day, you won't regret it.
"Your heart can lead you to something special.
SPRINGFIELD – Attention, state tax scofflaws: Wednesday begins a six-week amnesty period to settle up with the Illinois Department of Revenue without penalties or interest.
But be forewarned, individuals and businesses who owe back taxes and fail to take advantage of the amnesty must pay double the penalty and interest they would otherwise face.
CHAMPAIGN – For Erica, a 20-year-old University of Illinois student, the crisis point hit one day back in mid-August.
A feeling of being overwhelmed had been building for weeks, and little things were adding to her stress:
She'd been forced to cancel her last appointment with a psychiatrist on campus because she was needed at her summer job that day.
She was in the midst of moving, and found the electricity turned off at her new apartment.
CHAMPAIGN – School board members Monday approved a $79 million budget for the 2004 fiscal year that forecasts ending the year with a slight surplus.
The budget also adds $1.2 million to the money to be spent to address equity issues, bringing that total to $4.3 million.
SPRINGFIELD – A 44-year-old Vermilion County man has been diagnosed with West Nile encephalitis, making him the state's 24th human to contract West Nile disease this year.
The man began reporting symptoms Sept. 16 and was recently released from the hospital after a brief stay, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
CHAMPAIGN – Deborah Coleman and her Early Childhood Learning Center staff members say it's a pleasure to work in a building designed with their small charges in mind.
"A lot of thought went into this building, into making it child-friendly," said Coleman, the center's new principal. "It was designed with little people in mind. With its family center and library, it's very warm, welcoming and inviting. The rooms are nice, bright and well-furnished."
There will soon be a lot more than flowers at Barsch Florist in downtown Champaign.
Owner Judy Boewe is expanding the shop at 334 N. Walnut St. – adding a self-serve coffee, tea and cookie bar, sidewalk tables and chairs, gift items, handmade jewelry, handmade willow furniture and antiques – all within the existing space.
CHAMPAIGN – Rarely a day goes by when Champaign psychiatrist Linda Derum doesn't have to say no to somebody seeking an opening in her busy practice.
Usually she doesn't have time for new patients, she said, but she generally spends a few minutes on the phone trying to offer callers some options.
DANVILLE – Rising water along the North Fork River and Lake Vermilion caused a fishing boat to capsize over the weekend, stranding three fishermen in the water until they were rescued by emergency personnel.
According to Vermilion County Sheriff's Department authorities, three Danville area men put their boat in the North Fork River about 4 a.m. Saturday and were fishing where the river runs into Lake Vermilion, on the lake's north side.