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Dinosaur at Orpheum to make grand return

CHAMPAIGN - Undaunted by theft and vandalism, a Cretaceous-era hunter returns to his digs Saturday.


Universal health care legislation clears House

SPRINGFIELD - Ed Weiskamp has owned a screen printing business in Champaign for 20 years, but in all that time he has never been able to afford to offer health insurance to his employees.


Pension bond bill fails in Senate

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Rod Blagojevich's controversial pension bonding plan lost by one vote in the Senate late Wednesday, despite state Sen. Rick Winkel's decision to split from his caucus to support the bill in exchange for concessions for the University of Illinois.


Rantoul gas station requesting liquor license extension

RANTOUL - For the last 11 years, the Phillips 66 at U.S. 136 and U.S. 45 has been the only gas station in town that sold beer.


Would-be killer sentenced to maximum 37 years

URBANA - Lavon Aker said she has lost sleep, jobs, her self-esteem and her ability to trust, all due to the actions of a man she once loved.


Weird actions spur police warning

URBANA - An Urbana woman was confronted Monday night by a man who first threatened to rape her, then said he was a cop trying to teach her to be more careful.


Another bomb threat disrupts courthouse

URBANA - For the second time in two weeks, the business of the Champaign County judicial system came to a grinding halt due to a threat of a bomb being in the courthouse.


Citizen hero honored for help in catching robbers

URBANA - But for the bravery of a man who intervened in a crime, two men who robbed and shot a University of Illinois student last winter might have gotten away.


Governor´s bond plan wins Winkel´s approval

SPRINGFIELD - State Sen. Rick Winkel, R-Champaign, said his decision to vote for Gov. Rod Blagojevich's controversial pension bond proposal came after assurances that the University of Illinois would be able to maintain control over much of its finances and to escape at least some proposed budget cuts.


Work on Olympian Drive extension under way

CHAMPAIGN - Work has begun on the city of Champaign's Olympian Drive extension, a project that will create a new east-west thoroughfare across the northern part of the city.