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SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plan to streamline the state's numerous boards and commissions includes a clause that allows him to wipe out all of the members of those panels and start fresh with his own appointees, an opportunity not available to past or future governors.
RANTOUL - The University of Illinois football training camp will be returning to Rantoul this summer.
URBANA - A Women Against War Rally on Friday urged listeners to consider what would happen to the women and children of Iraq in event of war - and what would happen to women and children at home.
DeLAND - A 32-year-old Peoria man remained in the Piatt County jail Friday after his arrest in a farm field near the DeWitt-Piatt county line early Friday morning.
URBANA - Depending on how you look at it, all hospitals deliver their meals to patients by way of room service.
SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois was able to come up with less than half of the amount Gov. Rod Blagojevich had asked the state's public universities to put into a reserve by a Friday deadline - and is hoping that might be enough.
RANTOUL - Rantoul residents can catch up on their reading and help the village library move into its new home at the same time.
CHAMPAIGN - The University of Illinois' exclusive beverage contract with Coca-Cola is under scrutiny from activists who say Coke bottling plants in Colombia have links to anti-union violence.
CHAMPAIGN - A report that profiles the state's have and have-not large unit school districts puts Champaign schools right near the top, up with wealthy suburban Chicago districts.
URBANA - It's one thing to complain about urban sprawl when you're trapped on a busy road surrounded by chain stores. It's quite a different matter to address community issues while they're still in the planning stage.