'Dire consequences' predicted if treatment programs are cut

SPRINGFIELD – State lawmakers and agencies that manage drug and alcohol treatment programs in Illinois warned Wednesday of "dire consequences" from the Quinn administration's decision to eliminate most funding for the programs after March 15.

Jock Jams 2011


 Illini Jock Jams variety show presented by the University of Illinois Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Huff Fall in Champaign on Wed., Feb. 23, 2011.

Parents take concerns over fights to Danville school officials

DANVILLE – When Melissa Downing started seeing a disturbing discussion among Facebook friends about the beating of a North Ridge Middle School student before school recently, she decided to do something about it.

How GDP changed for Illinois metropolitan areas

The Bloomington-Normal, Springfield and Champaign-Urbana metropolitan areas had the highest growth in gross domestic product among Illinois cities in 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Here's the 2009 GDP for metropolitan areas in Illinois and how it changed from 2008:

– Bloomington-Normal, $8.77 billion, up 5.9 percent.

St. Joseph parks chief proposes staffing, pay cuts for summer program

ST. JOSEPH – Parks and Recreation Director Victoria Waybright told trustees during a village board meeting Tuesday that she wanted to have a balanced budget by the end of the year.

She plans on doing this by cutting the number of counselors at the Summer Daze program from 22 to 15, with one supervisor. She proposed that counselors also receive a pay cut.

Award-winning Fisher curriculum to get more tweaks

FISHER – After earning an Academic Improvement Award from the state, the Fisher Junior/Senior High School faculty and staff continue to tweak their curriculum.

Luggage tag brings new trial

URBANA – A novelty luggage tag that a prosecutor had on a cart she toted to court has resulted in a new trial for a Champaign man.

Carrington sisters will get most of city settlement

URBANA – The older and younger sisters of Kiwane Carrington will receive the bulk of a settlement the city of Champaign paid the family of the slain teen, while his father will receive a pittance.

Indiana Dems at home in Illinois

URBANA – A majority of the Democratic members of the Indiana House of Representatives have temporarily moved to an Urbana hotel in an effort to prevent votes on bills they consider to be bad for teachers, workers and families.

Autopsy: Man drowned in Vermilion County

DANVILLE – Preliminary autopsy results confirm that a Westville man whose body was pulled from Lake Mingo at Kennekuk County Park drowned, according to Vermilion Coroner Peggy Johnson's office.