Zebra to spend $3.45 billion on Motorola business

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (AP) — Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical.

Chicago bike-share program breaks one-day record

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say the city's bicycle-sharing program has set a single-day record.

Peoria school district lays off 200 workers

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Peoria's school board has voted to lay off nearly 200 employees — mostly full- and part-time teachers.

Planning to run? Race registration closes today

However, officials say they're considering allowing walk-up sign-ups on race day this year

If you haven't signed up for your favorite Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon race yet, the clock is ticking.

The marathon website's countdown shows a little more than 10 days left until the start of the big race on April 26, but registration officially closes at 11:59 p.m. today.

Nursing home manager vows vigilance in reconciling bad debt

URBANA — After writing off some $346,000 in bad debt, the managers of the Champaign County Nursing Home have resolved to become more aggressive in collecting money owed the county-owned facility.

Calls involving mentally ill on rise, police say

URBANA — With community resources for the mentally ill in decline statewide, local police say they are trying to fill gaps they are not equipped to handle.

The number of times Urbana police have been called to deal with people with mental or behavioral problems has tripled in two years, Sgt. Joel Sanders told the city council on Monday night, from 163 in 2011 to 450 last year.

UI budget review shows financial house in order

University has had net income of over $300 million each year since 2010

URBANA — Hundreds of millions of dollars brought in by the University of Illinois last year could go toward paying for a supplemental retirement plan, building renovations and helping boost professors' pay, according to an analysis of the university's budget.

PBL board to OK first class of new Hall of Fame

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board is expected to approve the first induction class for the newly created PBL Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.

PBL High School Principal Travis Duley, one of six members of the Hall of Fame selection committee, said three candidates will be considered for induction during Wednesday's board meeting.

Improvements planned for Douglass Park

CHAMPAIGN — The park district asked kids who play at Douglass Park what they wanted in a future version of the park — and some of that wish list may be reality soon.

The Champaign Park District won a $300,000 grant from the state earlier this month to improve the park at Fifth and Grove streets, a project that could cost an estimated $600,000 and begin this summer.

Rantoul, ex-official OK separation agreement

RANTOUL — Former Rantoul village administrator Bruce Sandahl will receive $78,598 — one half of his annual salary — as part of his employment separation agreement and release with the village.

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