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Child care lab at UI doubles its capacity

URBANA - After her daughter was born last fall, Madeleine Super began looking at options for child care.

Champaign police plan praised

CHAMPAIGN - In years past, public discussions of the Champaign Police Department could be ugly affairs, typified by finger-pointing, misunderstandings and defensiveness.

Anti-Chief protesters file $2.5 million lawsuit

URBANA - William Cook and two other anti-Chief Illiniwek protesters are claiming their civil rights, including First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religious expression, were violated by University of Illinois police officers and security guards.

Hepatitis lessons aimed at prisons

SPRINGFIELD - People who spend time in jails, prisons and juvenile correctional institutions have a disproportionately high prevalence of infectious diseases like hepatitis C, and are also more likely to engage in risky behaviors that expose them to such viruses, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a study released Monday.

Ads attack Cantor; UI chief backs chancellor

CHAMPAIGN - A Chief Illiniwek supporter is buying billboards that call for Chancellor Nancy Cantor to be fired.

Rantoul considers stiffer animal rules

RANTOUL - A proposed animal control ordinance would crack down on animal cruelty (including cockfighting), allow police to put vicious animals to sleep, require pet owners to pick up after their animals, and simplify the payment of fines.

Champaign crime stats in ´02 show slight increase

CHAMPAIGN - For the first time in five years, there was a slight increase in the overall crime rate for Champaign, but officials say the number of crimes are still well below what they were.

Issues play role in Champaign school board race

CHAMPAIGN - Candidates for Champaign school board seats in April's election say the issues at stake have sparked a lot of interest in the races.

Blagojevich fires 28 more state workers

Gov. Rod Blagojevich fired another 28 state workers to whom Gov. Ryan gave jobs before leaving office earlier this month.

Urbana council supports anti-war position

URBANA - The Urbana City Council appears ready to join a growing number of municipalities that have passed resolutions opposing a war against Iraq.