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More Urbana school cuts identified

URBANA - Urbana school board members dug deeper Tuesday, identifying another $200,000 in budget cuts to push the total to the board's $2 million goal.

Champaign council OKs help for Amdocs

CHAMPAIGN - The city of Champaign will kick in $50,000 and help Amdocs Inc. get a $75,000 state grant to upgrade the company's electrical service. But not without reservations.

Firm hired to pitch tram system

URBANA - The high-stakes competition for federal transit dollars that would pay for a fixed-rail system in Champaign-Urbana has prompted the Mass Transit District to hire a well-connected Chicago lobbying firm to press the local cause.

Scrutiny of C-U bar safety continues

Urbana and Champaign officials continue to look closely at public safety issues in the wake of fatal nightclub incidents in Chicago and Rhode Island.

Lack of bids could delay pork plant

RANTOUL - Completion of a new $25 million pork plant could be delayed for as long as four weeks because no one submitted bids to construct a pretreatment building.

Rantoul homes get temperatures taken with new device

RANTOUL - A new high-tech gizmo will help village residents qualify for loans for home rehabilitation.

Pupils hone math skills while helping animals

URBANA - Yvonne Vitosky's math and citizenship lessons had their origins in reality: the bleak outlook for unwanted pets in the community.

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.