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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.


Rantoul homes get temperatures taken with new device

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


City to consider help for firm

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.


It's Your Business: Two Silver Mine Subs coming to Champaign

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.


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.