TOLONO – The mayor of Tolono has filed challenges to the nomination petitions of both candidates running against him for re-election, as well as the petitions of two village board candidates from a rival political party.
Incumbent mayor and Businessmen's Party candidate Cecil McCormick filed objections on Tuesday to the nominating petitions for Conservative Party mayoral candidate Greg Cler and independent mayoral candidate Marcia Woodworth.
URBANA – A doctor trying to do follow-up research on his former prostate cancer patients at Carle Clinic and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana says he has hit a roadblock because Carle won't release the patient records he needs.
Dr. Thomas Shanahan, who was a radiation oncologist at Carle Clinic from 1990 to 2000, said he needs access to the records of his former patients who underwent brachytherapy for prostate cancer during those years he was at Carle.
DANVILLE – A Danville school redistricting committee is recommending enrollment changes at the elementary level that would alleviate overcrowding in some buildings and balance each school's population to better reflect the demographics of the district.
The committee of Danville school board members, administrators, teachers and staff will officially present its recommendations for next school year to the school board at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the board meeting room at The Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., in Danville.
MATTOON – Plans by Urbana's Carle Foundation Hospital to develop an outpatient surgery center in Coles County received a major setback Thursday.
The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board voted unanimously to issue an intent to deny Carle's application for a "certificate of need" that would allow the surgery center to be built.
MATTOON – Danville native Janie Youhas wants to create the biggest valentine in the world for the troops.
On Sunday, she hopes hundreds of people will show up at the Coles County Memorial Airport, located between Mattoon and Charleston, to spell out the words "We Love Our Troops."
RANTOUL – Suzie Waxham's job is moving to the other side of Rantoul next year, but she doesn't mind.
Waxham is one of 135 employees at the Rantoul Wal-Mart who will be moving to a new Wal-Mart Supercenter near Interstate 57 when it opens in the late summer of 2006.
SPRINGFIELD – Area lawmakers said they were happy with the positive tone of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's third State of the State address on Thursday, but questions linger regarding whether and how the goals he outlined would be implemented.
"The proof is in the pudding and not the recipe," said state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville. "I liked some of the things he had in his recipe, but I want results, not rhetoric, and I want to see the pudding, not the recipe."
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich made a surprising announcement in his State of the State address on Thursday – East Central Illinois is finally going to get to see its Opportunity Returns economic development plan.
The idea behind Opportunity Returns is that each of 10 geographic regions of the state will receive its own targeted economic development plan with a different combination of grants, construction projects and other initiatives designed to fit the needs of that area and make it more attractive to business.
URBANA – A Champaign County associate judge has backed the decision of the Champaign Electoral Board to kick District 1 city council candidate Dwayne Hubbard off the Feb. 22 primary ballot.
Associate Judge Chase Leonhard affirmed the Jan. 7 decision of the electoral board removing Hubbard from the ballot for failing to specify what office he was seeking on his nominating petitions.
MAHOMET – A Mahomet native missing in Thailand after the Asian tsunami would have received her master's degree in business administration next month. Now her family will receive it in her name.
Nicole Weissberg, 27, was in her second year of graduate study in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver when she traveled to Southeast Asia for the holidays. She was last heard of when she was about to go on a diving trip near Phuket, Thailand, on Christmas.