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UI to seek line of credit it would rather not use

URBANA – Uncertain of state funding, the University of Illinois will "reluctantly" seek a line of credit.

The UI is owed about $375 million by the state's general revenue fund. Under a bill passed last week in the General Assembly, state universities can borrow up to 75 percent of what they're owed.

Champaign County now has to cut another million from budget

URBANA – After already slicing $2 million in county spending, Champaign County officials are going to have to cut another $1 million from the current year's spending, County Administrator Deb Busey said Monday.

The culprit isn't the economy as much as it is the state of Illinois not meeting its obligations.

County board to take look at survival plan for health department

DANVILLE – Within weeks of running out of money and closing the doors, the Vermilion County Health Department now has a survival plan that greatly reduces its size and mission but should keep the doors open until at least December.

Employees and work hours would all be cut and with them some services.

Memorial service planned for police on Thursday in Danville

DANVILLE – As part of the local observance of National Police Week, May 9-15, the Danville Police Department and Vermilion County Sheriff's office will conduct a memorial service at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Everyday Hero Memorial at Sunset Memorial Park, 3940 North Vermilion.

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INDIANA: University board OKs plan for no pay hikes

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – A new Indiana University budget plan that doesn't include money toward employee pay raises for a second straight year was approved by the school's Board of Trustees.

Covenant to do first remodeling of labor/delivery wing since early '90s

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center plans to start work this summer on a $5 million-plus remodeling of its labor and delivery wing.

The remodeling will be announced later today. Covenant sent out about 500 invitations to local community leaders and hospital donors, asking them to come to the hospital at 3:30 p.m. to hear a major announcement.

Danville school officials consider rules on sexting, cyberbullying

DANVILLE – The use of cell phones, the Internet and social networking sites among students has exploded in the last few years.

Conservation district offers toddler camps for summer

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Conservation District will again offer a series of Toddling into Nature Camps this summer.

Champaign school district looks at potential change to gifted programs

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district will be looking at alternatives to its self-contained gifted classrooms for providing gifted education to students.

First Mid-Illinois expands presence in central Illinois

MATTOON – Mattoon-based First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust plans to expand its footprint in central Illinois greatly, with an agreement to acquire 10 branches from First Bank of Creve Coeur, Mo.

The acquisition would give First Mid-Illinois three offices in Peoria, one in Bloomington, two in Galesburg, two in Quincy, one in Knoxville and one in Bartonville.