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Misha Jackson has lived on the economic edge for years, and then last May the roof caved in. Literally.
The roof collapsed on the two-bedroom home she was renting in Harvey, a south suburb of Chicago, and her family pretty much lost everything.
So Jackson, 39, a single mom, packed up her kids and looked for something new.
Just what the state's income tax increase will mean for cash-strapped schools, universities and human services agencies may not be clear for a month or more.
All tenants at Cherry Orchard apartments in rural Rantoul appear to be close to finding new homes.
For a while, it didn't look like that would happen.
Julie Pryde, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District administrator spearheading efforts, said it has been more than difficult to find permanent homes. All of the tenants are migrants.
DANVILLE – Beginning Monday, senior citizens in Vermilion County who receive home-delivered meals will be seeing some cuts in service due to slow payments to CRIS Healthy-Aging Center.
The changes are roughly the same as last year at this time and for the same reason: The state owes the agency $436,144, which dates back to July.
MATTOON – It used to be Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System could expect about 200 patients a month applying for charity care.
Then, about midsummer 2009, it started to be more like 300 a month.
URBANA – After years of being resistant to the notion, Champaign County's judiciary is ready to launch a mental health court.
"The state's not helping us out at all. Its time has come," said Presiding Judge Tom Difanis of the need for the county to offer more resources to people whose crimes are linked to mental illness.
The Champaign County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness meets monthly at Community Elements in downtown Champaign.
Chapter president Diane Zell said the group meets on the second Monday of each month at the 202 W. Park Ave., C, office.
A new grant to the Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation will help it provide necessities to more homeless children in 2011. It also will help children with urgent dental and vision care needs.
The $7,000 grant is from First Midwest Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of First Midwest Bank.
URBANA – Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocates program is in need of people willing to speak for abused and neglected children in the Champaign County court system.
URBANA – Duffel bags full of handmade dolls are on their way to poor children in Haiti and South Africa, a Girl Scout project inspired by a professor's work in the slums of Cape Town.
Several Champaign-Urbana troops have made the soft, brown cloth dolls for children who have little or no access to dolls that look like them.