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.
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.
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.