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Rantoul wants to be paid by Free Fall organizers

RANTOUL – A village board member says he thinks the World Free Fall Convention should pay compensation to the village for failing to meet the final two years of its contract to hold the event in Rantoul.

Convention organizers announced on Tuesday they were canceling this year's convention, which had been scheduled for the Rantoul airport. The village had a contract to host the event through 2008.

Dynegy Inc. donates Vermilion County site as part of settlement

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday acquired 1,100 acres of undeveloped property connecting the Middle Fork State Fish and Wildlife Area, Kennekuk County Park and Kickapoo State Park.

Former Illinois Power owner Dynegy Inc. donated the site, valued at $2.25 million, as part of a 2005 clean air settlement between the company, Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office, the federal government and several environmental organizations.

Music a main focus at 9th annual Overlooked Film Festival

CHAMPAIGN – The ninth annual Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival this year will be strong on music and live performances, Ebert said, with the '60s rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock performing on the last day of the five-day festival, after the screening of the cult movie "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls."

Its screenplay was written by Ebert himself.

Sky-diving meet canceled for 2007

RANTOUL – The World Free Fall Convention will not be returning to Rantoul this summer.

Rantoul Mayor Neal Williams said he got a letter Tuesday afternoon notifying him that the sky-diving convention will not be held this summer at the Rantoul airport.

Breeders show off felines at Illini Cat Club show

SAVOY – Lois Jensen swoons over high cheek bones. Over silky, long hair, groomed just so. And muscles – she loves good muscle tone on a male.

"It felt like I was judging a German Shepherd," she said, running her hands over a sturdy, black-and-white Maine Coon cat.

Danville to keep NJCAA tournament

DANVILLE – Danville won't have any competition in its bid to host the Men's Division II National Junior College Basketball Tournament the next time around.

Tournament directors Dick Shockey, Jeanie Cooke, Mike Hulvey and Mayor Scott Eisenhauer meet with National Junior College Athletic Association officials next week in Tucson, Ariz., to wrap up the bidding process for the 2009-2011 tournament contract.

Volunteers stuff eggs, trim trees during Allerton Park event

MONTICELLO – Next weekend throngs of children will descend on Allerton Park.

The objects of their desire?

City's long-term plan for 12 parks slowly takes shape

DANVILLE – The women's world horseshoe-pitching champion plans to compete again in this year's 19th Annual Open Horseshoe Tournament at Douglas Park.

For Joan Elmore, 57, the park's 20 horseshoe courts are some of her favorites.

Aerospace club sets events for kids, adults

If Jonathan Sivier and his friends have their way, Champaign-Urbana might seem a little like Cape Kennedy over the next few months.

OK, maybe there won't be any space shuttle launches here. But Sivier and other members of Central Illinois Aerospace – CIA for short – are going to give local kids a chance to launch their own rockets starting with an event at 2 p.m. March 31 in the Champaign Public Library, 505 S. Randolph St.

Projections forecast center losses

MONTICELLO – The city released projections that show the proposed aquatic center would lose $21,000 a year, but the amount is close to the city's losses on its existing pool.

Revenue and expense projections for the proposed Burke Park Aquatic Center estimate a net operating loss of $21,336.