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.
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.
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 - Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden's refusal to provide registered voters' telephone numbers to the State Board of Elections is now a court issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.