Carle Clinic antitrust deal limited to Champaign County

URBANA – The terms of a tentative agreement that would end an antitrust action against Carle Clinic don't extend beyond Champaign County, according to the Illinois attorney general's office.

Part of that agreement requires Carle Clinic – which operates facilities in five East Central Illinois counties – to boost primary care services to 2,850 more needy patients covered by the state's Medicaid program.

East Central Illinois jobless rates up from '07

CHAMPAIGN – October unemployment rates in East Central Illinois were generally at least 2 percentage points higher than they were a year ago, according to the state Depart- ment of Employment Security.

Champaign County had a 6.3 percent unemployment rate in October, compared with a 4.2 percent rate a year earlier.

Bloomington company faces possible OSHA fine

CHAMPAIGN – A Bloomington excavating company faces a possible $247,000 fine from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a result of alleged federal safety violations in Champaign and Peoria.

Stark Excavating is accused of failing to provide cave-in protections and placing excavated material too close to the excavat- ion site, in connection with work done in Champaign in July.

Schlitz makes a comeback

CHAMPAIGN – Miss Schlitz? Its old formula – or one close to it – is back.

"The beer that made Milwaukee famous" is being reintroduced in central Illinois with a launch party at 9 p.m. today at the Rose Bowl tavern in Urbana. The parties resume Dec. 12 with a 6 p.m. launch at Bunny's tavern in Urbana and a 7 p.m. laun- ch at the Philo Tavern in Philo.

Champaign pushes for decision on fire-damaged site

CHAMPAIGN – The city has given notice of its intent to go to court, if necessary, to force the repair or demolition of a fire-damaged building at 215 N. Neil St. and the adjacent former Metropolitan Building, which was destroyed in a Nov. 7 blaze.

Vermilion 911 dispatchers settling into new, improved center

DANVILLE – Residents may not notice a difference in calls to the county's 911 system, but the center's dispatchers will.

Worden-Martin to buy Ford of Champaign franchise

CHAMPAIGN – Worden-Martin plans to buy the Ford of Champaign franchise this month, pending approval from Ford Motor Co., the Champaign dealership announced today.

Under the plan, Ford's sales and service departments would be integrated into Worden-Martin's Lincoln-Mercury store at 300 Carriage Center Court in Champaign. That would bring all three Ford Motor Co. brands – Ford, Lincoln and Mercury – under one roof.

City takes step toward forcing action at downtown fire site

CHAMPAIGN – The city has given the owners of a fire-damaged building at 215 N. Neil St. and the owners of the former Metropolitan Building, which was destroyed in a Nov. 7 blaze, notices of the city's intent to go to court, if necessary, to force repair or demolition of the sites.

City officials said the notices, mailed Wednesday, give the city the right to go to court to seek demolition or repair orders after a period of 15 days.

Committee announces Festival of Trees winners in Danville

DANVILLE – The Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation and the 2008 Festival of Trees committee recently announced this year's winning entries. Winners are listed by their theme, designer and sponsor:

Ag conservation to be focus of free breakfast at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – Area farmers can learn about ag conservation practices at a free breakfast next week at Parkland College.

The Illnois Stewardship Alliance is hosting a conservation stewardship breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wed., Dec. 10 at the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Center at Parkland College.