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YMCA takes over for club

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign County YMCA has agreed to take over the operation of one of the Champaign County Housing Authority's summer youth programs that had been run by the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club.


Senior programs have funds reduced

CHAMPAIGN - Children are the top priority in the United Way allocations for the next two years, with money flowing to several new programs.


Public health contract close to approval

URBANA - Public health services in Champaign County could resume by this Tuesday following the resolution of a bitter contract dispute.


Dinosaur back home

CHAMPAIGN - A kidnapped purple dinosaur has been returned to a Champaign child care center, apparently none the worse for the wear.


EDC urged to keep working with Urbana

CHAMPAIGN - How to respond to a sullen sibling: Just act naturally, and he'll eventually come around.


Blagojevich makes C-U visit

URBANA - Gov. Rod Blagojevich made a rare visit to Champaign-Urbana on Thursday to preside over the groundbreaking of the $73.5 million Post Genomic Institute at the University of Illinois and to tour the university's research park.


Public health services up in air

CHAMPAIGN - Perhaps the last chance to quickly restore public health services to Champaign County residents will come tonight.


Acclaimed Pacifica Quartet will take UI positions in fall

URBANA - The critically acclaimed Pacifica Quartet, considered one of the hottest young string quartets in the world, will become a quartet in residence at the University of Illinois School of Music.


Rantoul airport planning to add shower facility

RANTOUL - Rantoul airport officials hope that the proposed addition of showers at the terminal hangar will enable the facility to expand to 24-hour operation and make the airport more attractive to host special events.


Vetoed bill cuts prison captains

SPRINGFIELD - Corrections captains got some unwelcome but not unexpected news Wednesday when Gov. Rod Blagojevich vetoed the $17.3 million lawmakers inserted into the budget to save those 219 jobs.