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CHAMPAIGN – The U.S. Census Bureau is having difficulty finding census takers to work in East Central Illinois, a recruiting coordinator said Friday.
"I don't know the reason," said regional recruiter Jennifer Sciacca. "I just know that we need a lot of people."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Village officials to spread word on sewer referendum
SIDNEY – Sidney residents can expect to see their local leaders knocking on their doors soon.
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.
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: