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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Illinois officials are enlisting veterinarians around the state in a homeland security effort against bioterrorist attacks with animal disease-derived agents such as anthrax.
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.
URBANA - Brady Smith, a former school dean convicted of indecent solicitation of a child, faces new charges and a possible revocation of his probation.