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Area hospitals, airport have emergency power reserves

URBANA – Local hospitals and Willard Airport all have electrical power backup plans, as required by law.

Generators would kick in within seconds after a blackout at Carle Foundation Hospital and Provena Covenant Medical Center, both in Urbana, and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.

UI has abundance of new resident advisers this year

Richard Nazur, 19, spent last year adjusting to being a University of Illinois freshman from out of state.

He left Miami for East Central Illinois and ended up – of all places – in Florida Avenue Residence Hall, but found it hard to meet people and make new friends.

Inquest: Teen driver in crash had been drinking

   URBANA ? A Paxton teen-ager who was driving a car that crashed in the rural Gifford area last month ? resulting in her death, as well as that of a friend ? had apparently been drinking that evening, according to evidence at a coroner's inquest Thursday.

   The coroner's jury ruled that the deaths of both Lindsey Frette, 16, of 610 Cambridge Drive, Paxton, and Elissa McClure, 15, of 309 E. State St., Paxton, both were ruled homicidal deaths.

Area legislators propose axing new sewer fee

Two area legislators have introduced a bill that would eliminate the new sanitary sewer permit fees that the state initiated this summer.

Area cities, villages and sanitary districts are paying between $7,500 and $85,000 to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits to discharge treated water from sanitary systems into waterways.

Flying in for the farm show

When the first Farm Progress Show was held in Vermilion County in 1953, Danville resident Bob Finley helped park cars. When the show returns this year, he and other members of the International Flying Farmers will help park planes at the Vermilion County airport.

"I'm always interested in meeting the fellow fliers," said Finley, a semiretired farmer and pilot who was recently named the Flying Farmers organization's 2003 Man of the Year.

Republican Day at fair experiences low turnout

At a decidedly low-key and sparsely attended Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair on Thursday, party leaders insisted that the Republicans were unified and energized.

"We're onward and upward, and as I always say, trunks up, we're moving forward," said Republican Party Chairwoman and Illinois State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, referencing the party's elephant mascot.

NCAA wants Indian symbols to be reviewed

URBANA – The University of Illinois could have to undergo yet another analysis of Chief Illiniwek and its effect on the campus, under recommendations recently approved by the NCAA.

The organization's executive committee approved a recommendation asking schools with American Indian mascots, nicknames or logos to complete a "self-analysis" to determine if the mascot, nickname or logo can be viewed as offensive.

Dem foresees election board

URBANA – The chairwoman of the Champaign County Board expressed confidence Wednesday that board Democrats will take a preliminary vote next week to create a countywide election commission that would strip election duties from County Clerk Mark Shelden's office.

Patricia Avery, D-Champaign, said she believes she has the 14 board votes necessary to create an election commission to oversee county elections. She also said she believes she has a solid majority to put a proposal on the ballot to eliminate the county recorder's office and have those duties assumed by the county clerk.

Plans for medical clinic move ahead

URBANA – A medical clinic designed specifically for Urbana schoolchildren could become a reality as early as next year.

The clinic at Urbana High School would also offer social and psychological services, and the need exists for all those services, said officials who reviewed the plans at a recent Urbana school board study session.

County prepared for West Nile virus

At this time in 2002, Illinois was well on its way to reporting more positive West Nile virus human cases than any other state. So far the summer has been quiet for Champaign County, and health officials want to keep it that way.

State agency representatives said Champaign County is well-prepared for surveillance because it uses resources from the Illinois State Natural History Survey entomology department, the University of Illinois and its public health department. The county failed to receive any of a round of grants awarded by the Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday, but funding still remains a possibility.