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Petition dispute complicating election preparations

DANVILLE – Anyone in Illinois' 52nd Senate District voting absentee in this fall's election could get more than one ballot – maybe even three or more – in a worst-case scenario.

Election officials hope that's not the case.

Hydrant checks find one valve not working

URBANA – An inspection of 150 fire hydrants this month by city firefighters found only one hydrant that did not work.

But Illinois American Water Co. disagrees, with a company official saying that all 150 hydrants inspected in Urbana were operational and available for fighting fires.

Street construction project may reopen who-pays issue

CHAMPAIGN – The city's standards for replacing driveway approaches on street construction projects could become an issue again, this time on a project slated to begin soon on Lincolnshire Drive.

On that project, which could begin this week, the city plans to replace nine driveway approaches or aprons on the city right of way, while the approaches won't be replaced on 11 other driveways.

Judge orders board to add name to ballot

A Sangamon County judge handed Socialist Equality Party candidate Joe Parnarauskis a victory on Tuesday, ordering that his name be added to the November ballot.

"I'm very happy about it," Parnarauskis said. "We view it as a complete vindication."

Supporters show for 2nd hearing

DANVILLE – The city's ordinance subcommittee heard a different side of any potential smoking ban during Tuesday's public hearing, with most of the dozen people who spoke favoring a city-wide smoking ban.

Tuesday was the second of three planned public hearings on a smoking ban.

Legislators hope to block power hike

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that stalled in Springfield in the winter may get new life this fall, as members of the General Assembly and candidates alike look for some action over electricity rate increases in Illinois.

State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, is pushing legislation to head off steep electricity rate increases slated for January 2007.

$6.4 million county project delayed

URBANA – Urbana City Council members have postponed for two weeks a decision about granting a special-use permit that would enable the county to build a new highway fleet maintenance building in east Urbana.

Alderman Dennis Roberts, D-Ward 5, made the motion to defer, and it was seconded by Alderwoman Danielle Chynoweth, D-Ward 2. It only takes two council votes to defer an issue for two weeks.

Council will consider grants for apartments

CHAMPAIGN – The city council will consider awarding two redevelopment grants Tuesday worth a combined $150,000 to develop eight upper-floor downtown apartments.

The grants, if approved, would be awarded to the Land LAW Trust, controlled by Lois Wacholtz and Christopher Jupp, the owners of Christopher's Fine Jewelry Design, a downtown jewelry store at 124 N. Neil St.

Inspections the norm elsewhere

NORMAL – When it comes to apartment inspections, Laural Huisman has seen it all.

The housing inspector has checked out apartments in Normal, home to Illinois State University, for some 20 years. The town's inspection program has been in place, in one form or another, for half a century.

Urbana to consider permit for fleet maintenance facility

URBANA – The city council will consider Monday whether to issue a special use permit to allow Champaign County government to build a new highway fleet maintenance building at the southeast corner of East Main Street and Lierman Avenue.

The special use permit would also give county government permission to reuse the old county nursing home complex once nursing home residents are finally moved to a new $24 million facility on the east county campus.