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State shortfalls force cuts in meal services

DANVILLE – Senior citizens in Vermilion County dependent on congregate and home-delivered meal service offered by CRIS Senior Services will see changes beginning next week.

It's another example of the state of Illinois withholding money.

Local tea party chapter will meet monthly

CHAMPAIGN – A local chapter of the tea party is brewing anew.

The conservative, small-government group, which peaked in popularity last spring with a tax day rally at Champaign's West Side Park, has reorganized and will begin holding monthly meetings. The first is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Champaign Public Library's Robeson Pavilion Rooms, according to Frank Barham of Champaign, chair of the group.

Proposed expansion has local officials baffled

CHAMPAIGN – Local planners and officials say they're mystified how a $71 million project to widen Interstate 74 from four lanes to six lanes between Champaign and Mahomet bubbled to the top of area projects.

Area Update

Farmer City sells land parcel to local company

FARMER CITY – Council members approved the sale of one parcel of city-owned land and took the first step in the potential sale of another.

2009 was state's fourth-wettest year on record

CHAMPAIGN – Statewide, 2009 was the fourth-wettest year since records have been compiled, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.

The average precipitation in Illinois was 50.3 inches – 11 inches above normal, according to Jim Angel, state climatologist. The normal statewide average annual precipitation is 39.2 inches, he said.

Firm will provide Walgreens accounting services

DANVILLE — Walgreens has signed an agreement with Genpact to provide the drug-store chain with accounting services.

The 10-year agreement will affect Walgreens’ Danville accounting office.

Area Update

Village officials to spread word on sewer referendum

SIDNEY – Sidney residents can expect to see their local leaders knocking on their doors soon.

Georgetown officials sell pickup to fair board for $1

GEORGETOWN – City officials voted Monday to sell a 1990 pickup truck to the Georgetown Fair Board for $1.

Alderman Tom Smith said the older ¾-ton pickup truck was used mostly by the sewer department for hauling loads and for service calls, but it was also used to plow snow.

Pop quiz on 2009 won't be pleasant reminder

We knew as early as Jan. 5 – when the Chicago Cubs spent $30 million on the chronically crabby and oft-disabled Milton Bradley – that 2009 was going to be a lousy year, but did it have to be this bad?

Here's a true-or-false quiz on the year that was:

State considering Interstate 74 expansion

PARIS – The stretch of Interstate 74 between Champaign and Mahomet could be expanded from four to six lanes within the next few years.