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URBANA – State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she's aware of 20 inmates from Champaign County who won early release, and that information came from Dan Hynes' campaign staff.
"We are supposed to receive notice when people are released," Rietz said. "We do receive notices, but they don't have a big highlighted line saying this person is part of the governor's early release program."
Two area teams received awards at last weekend's Lego League state tournament.
"The Wheels" team from Campus Middle School for Girls in Urbana received a first place for teamwork – one of four areas on which the teams are judged.
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school officials will consider cutting all departmental budgets, forgoing the purchase of new equipment and eliminating jobs across the district when they begin talking about budget cuts next week.
URBANA – Public comments are being sought on a land use plan for Champaign County that has been under development for nearly three years.
CHAMPAIGN – The National Guard Bureau Freedom Salute Campaign will honor about 165 Illinois Army National Guard soldiers on Saturday for their service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The ceremony for the Urbana-based Headquarters, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be held at 10 a.m. at Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Centre Drive, C.
URBANA – When Sue Kovacs began collecting money for earthquake relief in Haiti from the 300 students at University Laboratory High School, she hoped everyone would donate at least $1.
She hoped the school would be able to donate several hundred dollars to the devastated country.
DANVILLE – The Rev. B. Lamont Monford used his speech at Danville's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration service as a call to action for the community.
The pastor of the Philippian Missionary Baptist Church in Lima, Ohio, used humor, movie trivia and a Bible story to get the audience into his message.
GEORGETOWN – A Georgetown teen who has been on a mission trip in Haiti for the past 10 days could be coming home in about a week, her mother said Monday.
Kim Stanton said her 16-year-old daughter Amanda, a Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School junior, had a chance to fly home with other members of her trip this past weekend, following the devastating earthquake in Haiti. But she chose to stay another week to continue her work.
Philo residents volunteer for several board posts
PHILO – Five Philo residents have stepped forward to fill three positions with two local government bodies.
SPRINGFIELD – A bid opening for prospective operators of the Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center at Lake Shelbyville has been delayed again – this time so that they can review a new report on mold damage at the resort.