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New Web site helps nonprofits team up

CHAMPAIGN – When a consultant told Dorothy Stoneman that other youth groups were competing for precious financial support with her East Harlem nonprofit, she took a different tack.

Instead, she saw them as allies and organized a citywide Youth Action Program to help high school dropouts learn construction skills, rebuild low-income communities and further their educations.

Groups begin planning for health information exchange program

CHAMPAIGN – If you've seen more than one doctor in your life, ever gone to the hospital, had a blood test or taken a prescription medicine, your medical history is probably scattered in a lot more places than you remember.

And if you want your current doctor to know about the tests and medicines and illnesses you've had in the past, you may have to go pick up the records and bring them yourself.

Longtime Unit 7 school board member resigns

TOLONO – A Unit 7 school board member has resigned, saying the school district has financial problems that are not being addressed.

Paul Lewis, a Sidney resident, resigned via e-mail on Aug. 19.

Added events planned for Labor Day fest in Westville

WESTVILLE – Always wanting to make its Labor Day Celebration the place to be for the end-of-summer holiday weekend, the Westville Lions Club has added some new activities and will begin a new tradition this year.

Construction of new Dewey State Bank building under way

DEWEY – Dewey State Bank is getting its own extreme makeover. A makeover that's been more than a century in the making.

Bank officials formally broke ground Thursday for the bank's new building.

Inspectors declare Danville building uninhabitable

DANVILLE – One building was deemed uninhabitable by the city during a recent round of inspections of more than 20 commercial buildings in the city's downtown area.

Storm leaves streets flooded, power out for hundreds

Power outages were reported in Mahomet, Champaign and Urbana Thursday night in the wake of a fierce thunderstorm.

Ameren was reporting over 1,000 customers out of power in those areas at 11:30 p.m.

Senate to vote on whether UI chancellor and president should leave

URBANA — A University of Illinois panel is asking the UI Senate to vote on recommending both the president and chancellor should leave.

The executive committee of the University of Illinois senate unanimously passed on the statement to the full Senate after almost two hours in closed session Thursday.

Meters in low-use areas to be adjusted

CHAMPAIGN – Motorists will get more time for their money in some infrequently used downtown Champaign parking meters.

Based on a study of parking meter usage, the Champaign parking operations staff identified seven areas with low occupancy rates, according to Shirl Johnson, supervisor.

UI President White says he had considered resigning

CHAMPAIGN – The president of the University of Illinois considered resigning this summer in the wake of admissions scandals, but decided the move would do more harm than good to the university.

B. Joseph White spoke to The News-Gazette editorial board Wednesday about the last three months of scrutiny, which he likened to living in a fishbowl, as well as about the end of Global Campus and budget problems with the state that have yet to be resolved.