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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.
SPRINGFIELD - The governor is asking the University of Illinois and the state's other public universities to give back 8 percent of their state funding for the year ending June 30 by the end of today.
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.
SPRINGFIELD - Joni Gruelle Wannamaker and her husband, Tom, traveled to Springfield from Arcola on Wednesday to ask state lawmakers to name Raggedy Ann and Andy the official state dolls of Illinois.
URBANA - After nearly three years of work, the $27.7 million Champaign County Courthouse project is nearing completion.
CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Park District has acquired 37 acres of land on the southwest edge of Champaign that in the future will be transformed into a community park.
URBANA - Police in Urbana would like - but haven't been able to get - answers in a 15-year-old murder case from a woman arrested recently in Florida over the theft of valuable horses.