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Cuts discussed as Champaign's budget woes on rise

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district will end the current fiscal year with a "larger than ideal" deficit, said Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas.

Its $104 million operating budget has a deficit of nearly $4 million.

Meeting on East Central Illinois water plan set

CHAMPAIGN – An informational meeting on the recently released plan for managing water supplies in East Central Illinois will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Tony Noel Technology Building at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is sponsored by a number of state and local governments, plus the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, Champaign County Farm Bureau, Sierra Club, Audubon Society and Illinois American Water Company.

College student from Danville eyes 104th race

DANVILLE – Another Republican is looking at running to succeed state Rep. Bill Black in the 104th House District.

Jacob Lane, a 21-year-old junior at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., said Tuesday that he is "leaning toward" running for the seat in the district that includes almost all of Vermilion County and much of eastern Champaign County. Chad Hays, the former mayor of Catlin, already has announced his intention to succeed Black, who plans to retire after this term. Black has served in the Illinois House since 1986.

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Vermilion 2010 hopefuls pick up nominating petitions

DANVILLE - All countywide officeholders up for re-election next year, except one, plan to run again and are circulating nominating petitions.

Vermilion County offices up for election in November 2010 are county clerk, treasurer, supervisor of assessments and sheriff.

Landscape center will have road work Wednesday morning

URBANA — Due to road resurfacing, the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Ave., U, will be closed on Wednesday from 8 to noon.

Arizona man on way to Champaign County to face charges

URBANA — An Arizona man is expected to be back in Champaign County within a week after having been arrested for the sexual molestation of a young girl in Champaign County several years ago.

Urbana landscape recycling center to close Wednesday morning

URBANA — Due to road resurfacing, the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Ave., U, will be closed on Wednesday from 8 to noon.

Man beaten, robbed in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A man walking in north Champaign Monday night was mugged by five or six men, according to Champaign police.

Champaign men charged in psilocybin case

URBANA — Two Champaign men have been charged with having an “active” mushroom growing operation in their home.