URBANA – More than 50 people who want to see the independent news program "Democracy Now!" broadcast on Urbana Public Television jammed city council chambers at noon on Monday, arguing that the city administration is throwing up roadblocks to such a move.
But Urbana Mayor Tod Satterthwaite said after the meeting that he thinks adding regular outside programming to the city's public access station would set a significant precedent, and ought to be discussed first by the Urbana City Council.
URBANA – The conflict of interest issue won't go away in Urbana.
In recent weeks, the focus has been on Alderwoman Laura Huth, who decided last month to reject $38,000 in city funding for Habitat for Humanity for Champaign & Piatt Counties, an agency she heads as executive director, to avoid conflict allegations.
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday asked the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Danville and 10 other hospitals to voluntarily shut down their medical waste incinerators and find alternate disposal methods.
"Now that new technology and scientific knowledge provide alternatives to burning medical waste, we've got to find better ways to dispose of the waste from our hospitals," said Blagojevich, who spoke near the site of a controversial hospital waste incinerator in Evanston.
CHAMPAIGN – Local developers are planning to add a new apartment and neighborhood shopping complex to a growing residential area on Champaign's west side.
It will be called Tuscany Pointe, and it will be built on about 12 acres at the southeast corner of Staley Road and Bradley Avenue, next to the Sawgrass residential subdivision.
Looking after aging parents when you live far away can be difficult, but Laurie Goldwasser, a Champaign-based social worker experienced in working with the elderly, says she can help.
Goldwasser has started a new geriatric care management service called E&M ElderCare.
RANTOUL – Lorraine Wirges says she's concerned about the conditions of an abandoned mobile home park in her community.
Nobody has been living in the Usher Trailer Park on South Tanner Street for several months since owner Eugene Usher of Rantoul declared bankruptcy.
CHAMPAIGN – Jesus never asked Lazarus for his health insurance card. These guys won't, either.
Champaign County Christian Health Center, which will serve the county's uninsured, will hold an open house at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Salt & Light Building, 1512 W. Anthony Drive, C.
URBANA – Former Illinois governors Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson might not be willing to endorse Alan Keyes' underdog bid for the U.S. Senate, but a large crowd at the Champaign County Republican fall picnic on Sunday found his moralistic approach to politics much to their liking.
Keyes, the 54-year-old Maryland resident who recently established a residence in Calumet City, was recruited by state Republicans to run for the Senate after Republican primary winner Jack Ryan had to drop out due to a sex-club scandal.
CHAMPAIGN – After seeing a videotape of police officers dealing with black residents in the community, Melissa Beard of Champaign had the urge to grab her camera and join Martell Miller, who has been charged with eavesdropping for making the recording.
"My first reaction was, all of us should get our video cameras and go do this," Beard said. "If they arrest all of us, it shows how ludicrous it would be."
If you float checks, your risk of bouncing them will soon increase.
Under new federal legislation called the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act, also called Check 21, the time taken for checks to clear will be much quicker than in the past.