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Old Ford jail on endangered list

PAXTON -- When Jim Peters visited Paxton's courthouse square -- which once housed the state's oldest operating jail -- he saw a "really unique structure" that might be fit for a future Hollywood production.

ILEAS makes squad-car camera grants

URBANA -- Three Illinois police departments that previously had no video cameras for their squad cars now have one each, thanks to the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Foundation.

The nonprofit arm of ILEAS raised the money to pay for one of the digital cameras; the two others were donated to the foundation by Panasonic and CDS Office Technologies.

Urbana officials surprised by level of pool support

URBANA -- There aren't many communities that would support an 11-cent property tax increase to pay for a swimming pool, particularly during a recession and only a few months after state legislators OK'd a 67 percent increase in the Illinois income tax.

And there are a lot fewer that would support it to the tune of 62 percent of the vote.

With office safe, candidates might emerge for auditor

URBANA -- Now that the office of Champaign County auditor is safe from elimination, the county's two main political parties will begin to work to find candidates for the 2012 general election.

Tolono residents reject overpass, 'quiet zone' but approve fire station

TOLONO -- Over 75 percent of Tolono voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot question that would have used revenue from the village's tax-increment-financing district to construct an overpass connecting Rocket Road to U.S. 45, but about 63 percent approved a separate initiative to use TIF funds to build a new fire station on the east side of town.

Church Street near Carle will be closed through April

URBANA -- Through the end of April, Church Street in Urbana will be closed between Busey Avenue and Orchard Street just north of Carle Foundation Hospital. Traffic will be rerouted around construction.

Extra meeting set for county redistricting commission

URBANA-- Facing an April 15 deadline to submit a recommended map of new county board districts, a special Champaign County redistricting commission has scheduled an extra meeting for next Wednesday.

Coles County 2011 election results

Here are unofficial results from the April 5, 2011, elections for Coles County.

An asterisk (*) denotes a winner. The number in (parentheses) is how many were elected for each race.

F.P.D. = Fire Protection District

P.L.D. = Public Library District

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'New guy' is familiar face at DACC

DANVILLE -- John Spezia may be the "new guy" on the Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees, but he's not new to campus.

Spezia is retired from DACC, where he was the longtime DACC men's basketball coach and athletic director.

Piatt County 2011 election results

Here are unofficial results from the April 5, 2011, elections for Piatt County.

An asterisk (*) denotes a winner. The number in (parentheses) is how many were elected for each race.

(I) = Independent

(R) = Republican

(C) = Citizens

F.P.D. = Fire Protection District