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9/12/01: Fund raising quickly garners aid for crisis

CHAMPAIGN - People were giving at the rate of $100 a minute Tuesday in the first hour as the Red Cross used the Assembly Hall parking lot for a giant drive-in donation center.

"One gentleman drove up with a bank envelope that had $950 in it," said Mike Cation, whose Illini Radio Group was helping to staff the donation.

9/12/01: Blood donations appreciated but deferred

This story originally appeared on Sept. 12, 2001.

Samuel Martland and Edna Kersting were just two of an unknown number of volunteers who offered to donate blood Tuesday in the wake of the shocking attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

"I'm just trying to do everything I can," said Kersting, 26, of Champaign.

9/13/01: State gas stations charged with fraud

This story originally appeared on Sept. 13, 2001.

SPRINGFIELD - The state is taking at least one gas station company to court, charging unfair business practices after prices jumped up to $5 a gallon at some locations following Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

9/13/01: Postal Service keeps mail moving along

This story originally appeared on Sept. 13, 2001.

If you dropped into the Champaign post office's 24-hour lobby Tuesday evening to use the stamp machine, you would have found the doors locked.

But that, and flags at half staff, are about the only outward signs at local post offices of the tragedy facing the nation.

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.