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Businesses react to proposed sales tax

RANTOUL – Jerry Glazik, owner of The Aquarium pet shop in downtown Rantoul, said he is concerned about how a proposed 1 percent village sales tax will affect his business.

"I think all the retail businesses are going to get hurt," Glazik said. "I don't think the Rantoul economy needs an increase right now. In the wake of the closing of Chanute Air Force Base, the village should be doing things to help businesses rather than raising our costs."

The sweetheart of sweet corn

HOOPESTON – Miss Georgia, Kandice Pelletier, took the title of the 2003 National Sweetheart at the Hoopeston Sweetcorn Festival on Sunday night.

The blue-eyed blonde from Acworth, Ga., was popular with the crowd from the outset.

Rule bans electronics in federal courts

SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers and other court visitors will soon be forced to leave electronic devices at the door at federal courthouses in central Illinois.

Under an emergency rule effective Oct. 1, the Central District of Illinois will ban cellphones, personal digital assistants, computers, digital audio recorders and related small devices.

Curtis Orchard reserves sales for its store

If you're accustomed to buying Curtis Orchard products at your local grocery store, you'll have to drive a little bit farther to get them now.

The owners of Curtis Orchard said they'll be reserving all their apple and cider production this fall for their store at 3902 S. Duncan Road, C.

Paternity cited in alleged plot

CHAMPAIGN – A probationary Champaign police officer accused of plotting to kill a family in Kentucky grew up in Champaign.

Kevin Paul Crum, 31, who was a graduate of Central High School, was arrested early Saturday in Harrodsburg, Ky., on charges of attempted murder and carrying concealed deadly weapons, police in Champaign and Kentucky reported Saturday.

Rantoul 10 years later: Steady climb

RANTOUL – When Chanute Air Force Base closed on Sept. 30, 1993, leaving a large portion of northern Champaign County real estate unoccupied, many people feared for the future of Rantoul.

"A lot of people thought that we would become a ghost town with nothing but tumbleweeds blowing in the wind," said Rantoul Village Board member Mike Graham.

Local officer charged with murder plan

HARRODSBURG, Ky. – A probationary Champaign police officer was arrested early Saturday in Harrodsburg, Ky., and accused of planning to murder a family there.

Kevin Paul Crum, 31, who listed an address in the 1900 block of Lynwood Drive, C, initially was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in a parking lot in Harrodsburg for criminal trespass and operating a vehicle with a stolen license plate, according to a Champaign police press release.

Hoopeston corn parade provides morning of fun

HOOPESTON – Andrea Glotzbach crossed off another name as the registered units for the Hoopeston Sweetcorn Festival Grand Parade passed by.

Glotzbach is parade chairman and a member of the Hoopeston Jaycees, who organized the parade, festival and all the accompanying activities for the weekend.

Urbana officer's bilingual skills in demand

URBANA – It's not really an exaggeration to call Adam Chacon a Latino king.

An Urbana police officer for almost 10 years, Chacon is revered for his fluency in Spanish, a tool that makes him an invaluable resource not only within his own department but for public safety employees all over the Midwest.

ISAT scores help schools self-evaluate

URBANA – Becky McCabe is right in the middle of efforts to implement President Bush's No Child Left Behind law in Illinois.

McCabe, principal of Urbana's Leal School, serves on a statewide task force studying assessment procedures to comply with the 2002 law, which requires stepped-up learning standards, with funding at stake.