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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.

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.

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.

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.

Campus prepares for civil service layoffs

URBANA - University of Illinois officials expect to lay off employees in the coming months because of state budget cuts, and they've put in place a hiring freeze for civil service employees.

Early voter turnout slow at several area precincts

CHAMPAIGN - Voter turnout in today's election will be light, if several precincts in central Champaign and in rural areas of the county are any indication.

Veterinarians to help look out for bioterrorism

Illinois officials are enlisting veterinarians around the state in a homeland security effort against bioterrorist attacks with animal disease-derived agents such as anthrax.

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.

Convicted ex-dean faces new charge

URBANA - Brady Smith, a former school dean convicted of indecent solicitation of a child, faces new charges and a possible revocation of his probation.

It's Your Business: Infant furniture and accessories store to open

Babyland, a new infant furniture and accessories store in Savoy, plans to open for business Tuesday.