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URBANA – When the 2003 Farm Progress Show kicks off Sept. 23 in Henning, it will have been 50 years since the "Super Bowl" of farm shows has been held in Vermilion County.
But residents may not have to wait another 50 years for the three-day event to return to their county.
URBANA – Since the time of Genghis Khan, scholars have debated the five-second rule or its ancient equivalent.
Its solution eluded some of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century, but now a Chicago student has solved the problem in a University of Illinois laboratory.
URBANA – Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus were found in August in a popular Urbana park, but the district says it shouldn't be cause for extra concern.
Health officials found the infected insects on "three or four different dates" in August in Meadowbrook Park, said Dana Mancuso, spokeswoman for the park district.
URBANA – Supervalu's distribution center in Urbana will add 25 jobs this year as a result of new business gained in a swap with C&S Wholesale Grocers.
"We're going to be adding 25 full-time jobs and seeing a business volume increase of 7 or 8 percent over where we are today," said Mike Guth, general manager of the local distribution center.
URBANA – Sixteen attorneys have applied to become Champaign County's newest associate judge.
The list includes two local attorneys who are already running for a vacant circuit judgeship, three current Champaign County assistant state's attorneys and the county's public defender.
URBANA – Health Alliance Medical Plans, an Urbana-based managed care company, says it is breaking with traditional health coverage practices to begin covering two over-the-counter medications taken by people with chronic allergies and stomach disorders – Alavert and Prilosec OTC.
Alavert is a non-sedating antihistamine for allergy sufferers and Prilosec OTC is a proton pump inhibitor for people with stomach disorders.
SPRINGFIELD – Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office has issued settlement demands to the University of Illinois and others responsible for the ammonia spill that killed more than 100,000 fish in the Saline Branch and Salt Fork River in July 2002.
Attorney Jim Morgan of the attorney general's office said the state is seeking penalties, recovery of the costs of investigations, a study of damage to the waterways and an evaluation of activities that can be undertaken to improve the quality of the river.
CHAMPAIGN – When Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau officials looked around for a common destination for tourists in the local community, they didn't have to look beyond the heady lure of new clothes, carousel rides and a food court.
"They all go out to the mall," said Sue Wedig, marketing director for the local visitors bureau.
URBANA – Current and former residents of a west Champaign neighborhood are hoping a Champaign County jury will find one of their industrial neighbors responsible for damage to their property and award them money.
Eighty plaintiffs brought suit in March 1991 against Alloy Engineering & Casting of Champaign, 1700 W. Washington St., C, alleging that the company, which makes exhaust manifolds for General Motors light trucks and sport utility vehicles, has emitted particles into the air that damaged their homes and cars and diminished their general enjoyment of their property.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council has given a tentative go-ahead to a $35 million redevelopment proposal for the old Burnham Hospital site.
Council members voted unanimously, 8-0, to support the broad outlines of a potential development agreement with The Atkins Group under which the city would demolish the old hospital and environmentally clean up the site by next spring. In turn, Atkins would spend $35 million buying the 7-acre site from the city and constructing 330 to 340 apartments and 12,000 to 26,000 square feet of retail space over the next two years.