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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.

Forest preserve considers major cuts

MAHOMET - The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is considering making major cutbacks - including closing the beach at Lake of the Woods Park and dropping the accredited status of the Early American Museum - to help avoid or reduce future budget deficits.

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.

Policy on dissection at UI may change

URBANA - The University of Illinois may require alternatives to dissection only in general education classes for undergraduates.

Board approves revamping of Stratton

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign school board on Monday approved a $600,000 plan to get more parents to choose the half-full Stratton Elementary School for their children.

Future dim without funds

RANTOUL - Kelli Sydes loves her children's school - so much so that she and her husband are at Pleasant Acres Elementary almost every day, helping out in some way.

School district seeks voters´ help

More than half of the Blue Ridge school district consists of farmland, and that is not good news for its finances.

Former Chanute site getting upgrades

RANTOUL - The village is spending more than $200,000 to refurbish a former Chanute Air Force Base classroom building so Rantoul can attract businesses to lease office space there.

Ethanol-diesel blend in works at UI

URBANA - Ethanol could be part of an eco-friendly diesel mixture in the next five years, a University of Illinois scientist believes.