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CHAMPAIGN – Supporters of the USA Patriot Act say it's an important tool for investigating terrorists who are targeting this country. Critics call it a vague, overbroad law that tramples our civil rights in the name of security.
A prosecutor, a civil rights lawyer and law students debated the act at the University of Illinois College of Law Monday.
RANTOUL– Now that Rantoul's new Maplewood storm water detention basin is near completion, the village plans to spend $2.8 million over the next five years on additional drainage projects, mostly in the east and central parts of town.
Three years ago, the village board established a new storm water tax to fund drainage projects around the community. The tax has generated $1.2 million, according to Assistant Public Works Director Pete Passarelli.
TOLONO – A group of Tolono area residents has formed an organization to preserve the community's history.
Former Tolono Mayor Bill Kirby used to get together with seven friends at his insurance office in downtown Tolono to share stories about Tolono's early days.
URBANA – The University of Illinois aims to become a leader in bioengineering research and prepare students for jobs in the biotechnology industry by creating its first new department in years.
The Department of Bioengineering has been approved by the UI Board of Trustees and is awaiting approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. UI officials plan to admit the first class of freshmen to the department in fall 2004.
Instruction in Pilates, a body conditioning technique that has been growing in popularity, will soon be available in downtown Champaign.
The Pilates Center is set to open during the first week of October at 44 E. Main St., C.
Jeff Kustusch did everything right. He bought a cheap bicycle at the annual University of Illinois police auction, locked it up everywhere he went and it still got stolen.
It happened in September 2002. Kustusch finished an afternoon chemistry class at Noyes Lab and rode back home, placed a metal chain and combination lock on the bike and wrapped it around a rack on the first floor of his apartment. When he woke up the next morning, the red and black Huffy was missing.
MAHOMET – Robert Pennington took three advanced placement classes at Mahomet-Seymour High School, and he took four exams to earn college credit.
Pennington's a young man in an academic hurry. He started school this year as an honors student at Arizona State University with 39 college credits, which technically makes him a second-semester sophomore. But Pennington, 17, has a long educational road ahead of him, and he's grateful for the jump-start Mahomet's advanced placement – commonly called "AP" – program gave him.
URBANA – Four companies are in line to become the first beneficiaries of the Illinois Technology Enterprise Corp. center in Champaign-Urbana.
The companies that have already received the money or will do so soon are:
All Michael O'Connor remembers is that he blacked out. He was at a party with friends having a good time, and before he knew it, he had downed 10 alcoholic drinks. It was the first time the University of Illinois senior in computer engineering couldn't recall the previous night's events.
"It was kind of scary when I started remembering again," said O'Connor, 21. "The last thing I knew is that I was at a bar."
CHAMPAIGN – Dennis Timpanaro, a University of Illinois senior, is among the many students who use the UI Ice Arena.
On a recent morning, he was strapping on skates for a physical education class he's taking. He's a hockey fan – he's president of the Harassing Illini, the fan club for the UI Hockey Club – but his own skating needs work.