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SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich recently signed a new law to ensure that when someone says no to sexual activity, it means no, even if he or she said yes earlier.
State Sen. Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa, who sponsored the legislation, said the new law is needed because a statute similar to Illinois' current law has been the subject of debate in California courts.
SPRINGFIELD – The state and federal governments are suing the University of Illinois for more than $3 million, alleging fraud in the liver transplant program at the university's hospital in Chicago.
Two similar suits against Northwestern University and the University of Chicago were settled Monday. Neither admitted any wrongdoing or liability, but Northwestern agreed to pay almost $23,600, and the University of Chicago will pay $115,000.
DANVILLE – When Camerun Blaylock stands trial a second time for the 1993 murder of a Tilton man, he will be represented by the same attorney who put on his first defense.
Circuit Judge Dale Cini of Mattoon on Monday denied Richard Doyle's request to be dismissed from the case, citing the Danville attorney's familiarity with the now 9 ½ -year-old case.
GEORGETOWN – Amateur artists and photographers are being encouraged to display their work at the Georgetown Fair, scheduled for Aug. 3-9 this year.
New categories and rules have been established this year for the fine arts show and prize money is available for first through fifth places, plus Best of Show.
While living in Hopkins residence hall, junior Bryan Pulido often ran out of meals for the week or failed to have enough to treat friends visiting from his hometown Gurnee.
Both problems could be solved with a new meal plan offered this fall.
CHAMPAIGN – This town has plenty of memories to thank Bob Hope for.
There was the time in January 1951 when the comedian was to perform after an Illini-Iowa basketball game at Huff Hall. Bad weather grounded the Hawkeyes' plane, and their bus trip forced the game to start after 11 p.m.
Pam Ramey of Champaign started her gift basket business, A Gift Collection, four years ago as a sideline in her home to help raise money for women and children in need.
Since then, it's grown so much she's moving to a new location at 1509 S. Neil St., C, and opening there Friday.
Coal ash, a waste product now, may be poised to become a high-quality building product in the form of bricks and concrete blocks in the wake of work by local researchers.
The scientists at the Illinois State Geological Survey, based at the University of Illinois, have been researching bricks made from the fly ash of burned Illinois coal for about four years and recently saw them enter full-scale production testing.
CHAMPAIGN – After several years of coping long-distance with her mother's memory loss, Ginny Sims decided to move her from Arkansas to Champaign in 2000.
Inez Sims, now 78, first showed memory lapses in 1991, shortly after her husband died, and "it just got progressively more difficult," said Ginny Sims, a graphic designer at the University of Illinois Counseling Center.
Scouring the community for services to help her mother, Sims found the Champaign office of the Alzheimer's Association in the phone book and promptly went over to pick up a packet of materials. Through the staff, she hooked up with a caregiver support group and found a doctor who accurately diagnosed her mother's Alzheimer's disease and prescribed medications that "helped tremendously."
URBANA – When Mark Wiener considered the prospect of becoming the new president and chief executive officer of both Provena hospitals in Urbana and Danville, he recalls seeing opportunities for success in both communities.
Now, after two months on the job, Wiener says, "I'm more enthusiastic than ever."