County board budget cuts eliminate deficit

URBANA — Champaign County Board members walked into Tuesday night's special county budget meeting facing a deficit of more than a quarter-million dollars in the $35.5 million general fund.

They walked out of the meeting having reduced the projected deficit to less than $1,000.

Updated: Flu shots beset by delays

CHAMPAIGN — Flu vaccine shipment delays are causing at least two public health organizations in the area to delay flu shots longer than they would like, and a third is getting ready to start flu shot clinics with half the vaccine it ordered.

St. Thomas More designated a Blue Ribbon school; first in area since 2005

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time in nearly a decade, Champaign-Urbana is home to a Blue Ribbon school.

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named St. Thomas More a 2014 Blue Ribbon recipient, a recognition his department calls a widely acknowledged symbol of "exemplary teaching and learning."

WIC program milk changes start Wednesday

The coordinator of an assistance program for women and children at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District said changes to a milk program are about removing fat and saturated fats from diets.

Next goal for Illinois 911 service: pictures and videos

While text to 911 service may be on the near horizon in Champaign County, officials statewide are eventually looking to make it possible for you to send pictures and videos to an emergency dispatch center.

Wade Franklin - Lincoln Square 50th Anniversary 9-30-14

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Brian Moline talks with the operations manager of Lincoln Square in Urbana about their upcoming 50th anniversary celebration.


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Rantoul man faces gun, drug charges

URBANA — A Rantoul man who allegedly had guns and drugs in an Urbana motel room has been criminally charged.

Carlton A. Johns, 27, who listed an address in the 300 block of South Maplewood Drive, is due back in court Nov. 25 after being charged Monday with being an armed habitual criminal, unlawful use of weapons by a felon and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Hong Kong leader refuses to meet with protesters

JOANNA CHIU, Associated Press

Kurds claim advances in Iraq as Britain joins fray

VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge


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