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SAVOY - The Savoy Village Board will be asked tonight to consider increasing the village's hotel-motel tax from 1 percent to 5 percent.
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.
URBANA - Yvonne Vitosky's math and citizenship lessons had their origins in reality: the bleak outlook for unwanted pets in the community.
RANTOUL - A new high-tech gizmo will help village residents qualify for loans for home rehabilitation.
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.
Urbana and Champaign officials continue to look closely at public safety issues in the wake of fatal nightclub incidents in Chicago and Rhode Island.
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.
CHAMPAIGN - One of the city's largest employers is in line for city and state grants, plus its landlord's assistance, to help it resolve electrical service interruptions by Illinois Power.
Silver Mine Subs, a sandwich-shop chain based in Colorado and launched by three former University of Illinois students, has two new locations in Champaign under development.