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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.
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.
SPRINGFIELD – Champaign-Urbana consumers will pay about 15 percent more for water on their next monthly bills.
The Illinois Commerce Commission voted this week to grant new rates to the Illinois-American Water Company throughout the state.
CHAMPAIGN – Frederick "Freddie" McNeal spent his 44th birthday Sunday clinging to life in an Urbana hospital.
His mother and cousin reported Tuesday that he remained in a coma at Carle Foundation Hospital, having undergone surgery on Saturday.
URBANA – Administrators today confirmed that a tentative agreement for teachers' contracts is in reach.
"About 1 a.m., all the elements fell into place," said Superintendent Gene Amberg today. "But we have some work to do today to make sure all items are in place. We have a tentative agreement on concepts, language and money, and we have to make sure they're all in line."
CHAMPAIGN – The last call for drinks at bars and taverns could soon be extended in Champaign, and Urbana council members say their city might quickly follow suit if Champaign acts.
The Champaign City Council will consider at its meeting next Tuesday a proposal to extend alcohol sales from the current 1 a.m. cutoff to 2 a.m., or even 2:30 a.m.
If you're planning to travel to Mars, right now would be a good time to get your tickets and shots. The red planet will be at its closest to Earth in nearly 60,000 years in late August.
The planets will be a mere 35 million miles apart.
More than 1,400 area students will walk into brand-new buildings this month as construction wraps up at Monticello, Fisher and Rantoul schools.
Crews at Monticello Middle School are working on the mechanical systems and the parking lot to get the building in order for the first day of class on Thursday, Aug. 21.
Julian Elias' University of Illinois summer school class at Lincoln Hall looks ordinary at first glance.
Not on second glance. Students might be watching parts of an episode of "Friends," or listening attentively to the tune "If I Had a Million Dollars."
Older people feel better when they exercise, even moderately, and a series of University of Illinois studies may be showing one good reason why.
Exercise, besides conferring numerous benefits such as improved cardiovascular and muscular fitness, may be beefing up the body's immune system, which tends to decline as we age.