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URBANA – Illinois ranks sixth of seven Midwestern states in terms of percentage of state-owned recreation lands, and last on a per-capita basis.
Of five regions in Illinois, East Central Illinois ranks last in the percentage of green space available within the total land area.
CHAMPAIGN – Shannon Gardner, Emmanuel Lynch and hundreds of other Champaign high school students are spending time this summer keeping their graduation records on track.
School officials in Champaign and Urbana say summer is an opportunity to take their mission a step farther, give floundering students a second chance, give at-risk students some advantages, introduce young students to expectations at new schools and give extra attention to all students who need it.
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.
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.
SUMNER – One of three men responsible for the brutal murders of two Mahomet teens in 1977 has died in prison.
Robert Kirkpatrick, 54, of Saybrook died Sunday (July 13, 2003) while serving a 500-year sentence for the Sept. 25, 1977, shotgun slayings of Mark A. Harris, 19, and Douglas "Scotty" Simmons, 18.
SPRINGFIELD – Methamphetamine production is a mushrooming problem in rural Illinois, and some children are dangerously caught in the middle.
A parent who manufactures methamphetamine in the home deals with dangerous caustic chemicals, and the process is volatile, often leading to explosions. Fumes from the cooking process can be inhaled by children, exposing them to the drug – a powerful stimulant.
Natives of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan have known about the medicinal qualities of plants growing on the mountainsides of their countries for centuries.
Women comb the hills to collect the remedies and merchants sell them in open-air marketplaces.
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.
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.
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.