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Universities asked to return some state funds

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.


Library asks residents in Rantoul to be movers

RANTOUL - Rantoul residents can catch up on their reading and help the village library move into its new home at the same time.


Activists targeting UI deal with Coke

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.


House will vote on Raggedy Ann, Andy measure

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.


County courthouse project nearly done

URBANA - After nearly three years of work, the $27.7 million Champaign County Courthouse project is nearing completion.


Land for park acquired

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.


Police would like to talk to woman about ´88 murder

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.


Students sending medicine to Iraq

URBANA - University of Illinois peace activists spent Wednesday at McKinley Health Center and its satellite in the Illini Union, stocking up on free cold medicine.


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.