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CHAMPAIGN - You may choose to go into debt to buy a big-screen TV, but people don't choose the illnesses that often saddle them with big medical debts.
SAVOY - The Savoy Village Board will be asked tonight to consider increasing the village's hotel-motel tax from 1 percent to 5 percent.
Urbana and Champaign officials continue to look closely at public safety issues in the wake of fatal nightclub incidents in Chicago and Rhode Island.
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.
Cadets from 12 Challenge Academies from across the country will converge on Rantoul this summer to take part in an Olympics-style competition.
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.