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Service center for new firms opens

CHAMPAIGN – It's official. The long-awaited Illini Entrepreneurship Center is finally open.

The center, housed in Suite 228 of the new EnterpriseWorks building in the University of Illinois Research Park, is designed to help entrepreneurs connect with the services they need.

New use for old town hall

SAVOY – Now that Savoy has found a new location for its village hall, officials might convert the old village hall site into a community center.

The village already owns the land on which the old village hall sits, as well as an adjacent lot, and the village board is looking at the possibility of redeveloping the entire block.

UI trustees OK domestic partner benefits

URBANA – The same-sex partners of University of Illinois employees could be eligible for health insurance benefits as early as this fall.

The UI Board of Trustees approved providing domestic partner benefits at its meeting Thursday in Urbana, over the objections of two board members.

Pharmacies still await payment

SPRINGFIELD – Despite a $1.5 billion short-term borrowing plan enacted in May to help the state pay overdue public aid reimbursements, area pharmacists are still struggling because of a delay in those checks.

"Currently the amount past due our very small business is approximately $160,000 – in addition to current billings of about $55,000," said Carl Hudson of Hudson Drug Shop in Paxton. "Needless to say, this creates a tremendous strain on our abilities to maintain a normal business environment."

Presiding judge faces complaints from union

URBANA – The union that represents court clerks has filed two unfair labor practice complaints alleging that Champaign County Presiding Judge J.G. Townsend unfairly denied one clerk the right to have a union representative with her during an investigative interview and that Townsend later retaliated against a union steward who had filed grievances against him.

The complaints were filed Wednesday with the Illinois Labor Relations Board in Springfield.

UI trustees hear ways to cut costs

URBANA – The University of Illinois could save $10 million by streamlining its operations and another $10 million by changing the way it buys equipment, supplies and utilities.

The savings will be used to offset the effect of budget cuts on education at the UI.

New residence to open under Carle umbrella

SAVOY – Has an older member of your family become forgetful about such things as taking medicines, paying bills or turning off the stove?

These can be early signs of dementia, and they may mean mom or dad should no longer be living alone.

Airlines cut flights to St. Louis, add one to O'Hare

SAVOY – AmericanConnection will cut the number of daily flights to St. Louis from Willard Airport from six to two on Nov. 1, the airline said Wednesday.

At the same time, American Eagle will increase the number of daily flights to Chicago's O'Hare Airport from Willard from six to seven.

UI union seeks injunction against pay date change

URBANA – A union representing faculty and academic employees is trying to prohibit the University of Illinois from changing the pay date for employees this fall.

The Union of Professional Employees plans to file a request for an injunction against the UI today in the Illinois Court of Claims in Chicago to keep the UI from implementing the pay date change. They say the change will result in employees losing five days' pay.

Man turns himself in after fatal shooting

DANVILLE – A Danville man who turned himself in Wednesday morning in connection with the fatal shooting of another Danville man may be arraigned on murder charges this afternoon.

Officials said John Clark, 46, the father of the NBA's Sacramento Kings player Keon Clark, was booked Wednesday at the Vermilion County Jail on preliminary charges of murder.