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CHAMPAIGN - Every Tuesday afternoon, Cindy Adamek and her two young daughters check out books from the Champaign library, but they don't have to go downtown.
SPRINGFIELD - Students starting at the state's public universities in fall 2004 and after would be assured that their tuition would remain the same for four years, under a bill the Illinois House approved Wednesday and sent to the Senate.
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois House voted on Wednesday to remove a requirement that half of the eight tuition waivers state lawmakers may distribute each year be for students attending the University of Illinois.
MONTICELLO - Shawna Harvey couldn't take her eyes off the TV after the first alarm of war Wednesday night, just before the president briefly addressed the nation.
CHAMPAIGN - Hollywood song-and-dance man and Danville native Donald O'Connor and actress/dancer Cyd Charisse will visit Champaign next month as guests of the fifth annual Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival.
SPRINGFIELD - State Sen. Rick Winkel, R-Champaign, was on the Senate floor voting on bills most of Wednesday, but is anxiously keeping tabs on the news of war, and how it might affect his son.
RANTOUL - While budget cuts and an uncertain economy have forced two states to disband their academies for high school dropouts, the director of the Lincoln's Challenge Academy said Tuesday the Rantoul-based program is in no danger of closing.
DANVILLE - When death or illness strikes a family, it can be difficult to get the news to someone serving in the military.
URBANA - School board members have been wrestling with theoretical budget reductions for weeks, and Tuesday, they made them a reality, laying off a long list of teachers and support personnel.
URBANA - Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden's refusal to provide registered voters' telephone numbers to the State Board of Elections is now a court issue.