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Rantoul-based program gets $500,000 for expansion

RANTOUL - A Rantoul-based award-winning program that brings together foster children and senior citizens has received a grant to expand into other communities.

Rantoul lands games

Cadets from 12 Challenge Academies from across the country will converge on Rantoul this summer to take part in an Olympics-style competition.

Schools fear possible loss of Perkins Act funding

CHAMPAIGN - Area community colleges are contacting federal lawmakers to let them know how much the colleges would be hurt by the elimination or redirection of a popular source of money for vocational education.

UI program marks 25 years of studying security

CHAMPAIGN - The United States was in the midst of the Cold War with the former Soviet Union when a nuclear engineer at the University of Illinois sought to increase understanding of national security issues.

Analyzing schools for what works

CHAMPAIGN - Larry Frase and his seven colleagues came to Champaign last week on a mission that's easy to describe but incredibly complex to execute.

Longtime studio owner selling to Esquire team

CHAMPAIGN - Bill Morrow says he isn't about to change, so the Esquire Lounge in downtown Champaign will change for him.

Weapons in school: Fewer cases reported

On Feb. 6, a 14-year-old male student was arrested by Urbana police and taken to the Champaign County Youth Detention Center for having a knife concealed in his jacket as he entered school at the Cunningham Children's Home.

Quick test for bacteria

CHAMPAIGN - It takes food-processing companies anywhere from one to seven days to get test results for salmonella contamination.

UI trustee appointments held up

SPRINGFIELD - Niranjan Shah, one of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's nominees for the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, was confirmed by the Senate on Friday, but votes on two others were delayed.

C-U checking bar safety

When more than a score of people were killed in a stampede in a bar in Chicago and nearly 100 killed in a Rhode Island nightclub fire, the safety of bars and clubs in Champaign-Urbana and Danville was an issue for both the owners of the clubs and city officials.