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Available development sites in Rantoul going online

RANTOUL – The village is getting ready to use the Internet to market local industrial sites and available buildings.

Rantoul Economic Development Director Robert Bruce said developers, business leaders and the general public will soon learn about Rantoul development opportunities online, with the launch of a Web site within two months.

United Way launches fund drive in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN – With unemployment at its highest level in five years, it might be a curious time to raise fundraising expectations.

But the slow economy means there are more people who need help, even as the state slashes funding for nonprofit agencies, fundraisers say.

Illinois treasurer visits UI to warn about credit card offers

URBANA – University of Illinois student Joanna Zahn thought she'd outsmarted a credit card solicitor when she supplied a fake address and Social Security number – all in the quest to get the free Subway sandwich promised in a coupon.

She never got the card, but to her surprise the information showed up on her credit report, and she had to make the effort to close the account and get it off her record.

UI trustees to discuss budget increase requests

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday is expected to discuss its budgets, including raises for faculty and staff, for this year through 2010.

The board meets beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Illini Union's Pine Lounge in Urbana.

Candidates field environmental queries

URBANA – Local politicians had to answer some interesting questions relating to the environment – including why the federal government doesn't urge its citizens to become vegetarians and the environmental effect of war.

Audience participants at a Tuesday political forum submitted these questions to those seeking election and re-election this fall, as did the Prairie Group of the Sierra Club. Participants also fielded questions from moderator Kirstin Replogle that included topics such as offshore drilling.

Provena Covenant Medical Center stands pat on tax refund

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center's attorney says the hospital will hang onto the $6.1 million property-tax refund it received from Champaign County earlier this year – at least for now.

The county is demanding the money back after the 4th District Appellate Court last month came down against the hospital and overturned a 2007 circuit court decision that had found Covenant tax-exempt.

Provena wants to keep $6.1 million tax refund

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center's attorney says the hospital will hang onto the $6.1 million property tax refund it received from Champaign County earlier this year – at least for now.

The county is demanding the money back after the 4th District Appellate Court last month came down against the hospital and overturned a 2007 circuit court decision that had found Covenant tax-exempt.

Officials working on final details to make Zipcars available

CHAMPAIGN – The first Zipcar in town is a burgundy box on wheels called a Scion xB.

Its driver is Jenny Larios Berlin, the hourly car rental firm's general manager for universities.

Ameren pleased with gas plant site investigation

CHAMPAIGN – Contamination from a former manufactured gas plant at Fifth and Hill streets has spread off site in all four directions, but generally by less than 100 feet and only 150 feet at its furthest point, according to AmerenIP.

Ameren officials said they were pleased with the findings of their latest site investigation report, which came after they drilled 45 new soil borings around and on the 3.5-acre site this past April and May. Results showed that the contamination has not spread far and most of it is at least three feet underground, where the public is less likely to be exposed through inhalation of dust or direct contact with soil, said Brian Martin, an Ameren consulting environmental scientist.

Stopping By: Good sleep, wealth of history at Pestoum inn

PESOTUM – I was greeted at the front door of Sweet Dreams Bed and Breakfast Inn by proprietor Cheryl Smitley. Her friendly greeting set the tone for my visit with her and Fred, her husband of 31 years. However, I was not prepared for the beautiful elegance of the home they showed me.

The Smitleys say they fell in love with the original woodwork and fine craftsmanship when they first saw the 1902 Victorian-style home at 300 East Adams Street in Pesotum.