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Mayor calls in feds to round up turkeys

URBANA – The city is making a federal case out of its rampaging wild turkeys.

It's the mayor who took out the contract.

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing said Tuesday that after city and county officers couldn't nab the turkeys that some have claimed terrorize the southern edge of the city, it will be an Agriculture Department biologist who brings the birds to ground.

County board to hear comments on bond proposal

URBANA – Champaign County taxpayers can have their say Thursday evening at a hearing about issuing up to $4 million in bonds for the new nursing home.

The hearing is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brookens Center, 1776 E. Washington St., U, immediately before Champaign County Board's Finance Committee meets.

State Senate candidates voice pension concerns

Republican state Senate candidate Judy Myers on Tuesday proposed a constitutional amendment requiring the state to comply with a 1995 state law governing public pension contributions.

That law was superseded by legislation the Democrat-controlled General Assembly enacted in 2005, which reduced some benefits for future hires and cut the state's expected pension contributions by a total of $2.3 billion over two years.

Champaign council members view letter bashing applicant

CHAMPAIGN – Patricia Avery, an applicant for the vacant at-large seat on the city council, blasted Mayor Jerry Schweighart on Tuesday night for including in the council packet an anonymous letter predicting she would be "a disaster for Champaign" if appointed.

Avery also said she will run for either mayor or a city council seat in the April 17 municipal election, and that she intends to withdraw as a Democratic candidate for the Champaign County Board.

Board members find lack of openness about mold problems

URBANA – Two Champaign County Board members who've looked over documents about the county's $24 million, still-unopened nursing home say they've found a lack of openness about mold problems there.

Ron Bensyl, a Republican from Royal, requested the documents a year ago, and saw some of them at the time.

Raises for officials on the Champaign City Council agenda

CHAMPAIGN – It's been 18 years since the Champaign City Council last approved a salary increase for the mayor and themselves.

But some council members say they're prepared to endorse a set of modest salary increases recommended to them by a special city council compensation task force.

Frerichs repeats relief plans during small-town visit

OAKWOOD – Chelsey DeYoung takes home less than $400 a month from her summer job at the Oakwood Public Library but spends almost $50 a month driving from her home in Fithian.

The 16-year-old is trying to save money for college.

Nurse to talk about treating Iraq war veterans

URBANA – A nurse who spent last summer caring for Iraq war veterans at Walter Reed Hospital will talk about her experiences.

Kim Abel of Mendota will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Urbana Free Library Auditorium, 210 W. Green St., Urbana. The talk is sponsored by the Anti-War Anti-Racism Effort.

Pesotum board looks at raises for officials

PESOTUM – Pesotum officials may get a bigger paycheck next spring, since village board members Wednesday discussed raising the village president's salary and their own.

The board must approve raises at its September meeting to comply with a state statute that says trustees's salaries must be fixed at least 180 days before their terms start.

Shiloh shop program going for $1.5 million federal grant

HUME – Shiloh High School's industrial technology program – the one that received national attention for making wood-framed glasses featured in "Vogue" and Martha Stewart's new magazine "Blue Print" – could be receiving a $1.5 million grant.

If it does, Mark Smith's shop program will become a learning center for other high schools in the area, and even some of the community colleges, nearby universities and industry workers.