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Measure would lock in students´ tuition for 4 years

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.

House votes to remove rule on scholarships

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.

Area residents worry about kin in military

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.

Ebert announces guests for festival

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.

2 from area arrested in Louisiana

SLIDELL, La. - Two men with ties to Champaign County are in custody in Louisiana on a variety of charges, including shooting at a police officer in a New Orleans suburb with a Champaign County sheriff's deputy's gun.

Lincoln's Challenge survives budget cuts

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.

Red Cross helping military families

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 lays off personnel

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.

County clerk sued over voter phone numbers

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.

Official blasts universities´ budget response

SPRINGFIELD - Amid talk of cooperation and willingness to share the burden of the state's fiscal crisis, universities and Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration are still butting heads over this year's higher education budgets.