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9/12/01: Cities join in prayers for peace

This story originally appeared on Sept. 12, 2001.

In Champaign-Urbana as across the land, churches, synagogues and other places of communal sharing filled to overflowing Tuesday night following the worst terrorism attack in U.S. history.

9/12/01: An attack on Jews, too, prof says

This story appeared on Sept. 12, 2001.

CHAMPAIGN — Local Jews felt the pain of an embattled America, but had special worries of their own.

Sinai Temple held a special service Tuesday evening, hours after a threatening phone call made the synagogue concerned about its own security.

9/12/01: Residents turn to churches

This story originally appeared on Sept. 12, 2001.

When Danville resident Vera Schoolcraft learned of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., she found herself overcome with a feeling of utter helplessness.

On Tuesday evening, she found comfort the only way knew how - through prayer.

9/11/01: Flight bound for Seattle told to land at Willard

This story appeared in the final afternoon edition of The News-Gazette on Sept.. 11, 2001. 

SAVOY — The Airbus jet was cruising at 31,000 feet, just outside Champaign-Urbana, when Capt. Bob Smith got the order: land the plane now.

9/13/01: Local chapter of Red Cross collects $182,000

This story originally appeared on Sept. 13, 2001.

In just over 24 hours, local residents gave more than $180,000 to relief efforts for the attacks in New York and Washington.

Barbara Payne, executive director of the Illini Prairie Chapter of the Red Cross, said today the agency collected $182,000 from 3 p.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Wednesday.

9/13/01: Citizens proud to fly U.S. flag after attack

This story originally appeared on Sept. 13, 2001.

ST. JOSEPH - Deb Sensenbrenner is waging a one-woman campaign to make sure Americans fly their flags.

On Wednesday she talked to the Champaign Wal-Mart manager about restocking the store's supply of flags. She also sent out e-mails to friends urging them to display Old Glory.

Complicated budget process leaves Champaign staff looking for answers

CHAMPAIGN – City budgets can get complicated. Fiscal planners spend months preparing for the next budget cycle.

And by the time they finish one, it's almost time to start on the next.

Legal costs halt plans for Chief's 'Next Dance'

CHAMPAIGN – A Chief Illiniwek performance planned for homecoming weekend has been postponed indefinitely after the University of Illinois threatened legal sanction.

Roger Huddleston of Mahomet, the co-founder of the Honor the Chief Society, said his group doesn't have the money to wage a legal battle with the UI over the Chief Illiniwek trademark.