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Governor signs Bennet's bill ending limitations for child sex crimes

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would remove the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes committed against minors has been signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign, had been approved unanimously in both houses of the Legislature. It goes into effect immediately.

County board gives initial OK to $117,000 salary for new executive

URBANA — Champaign County's first partisan county executive, to be elected by the voters in November 2018, would be paid $117,269 in their first year under a plan given preliminary approval Tuesday night by the county board.

The salary proposal was approved, 12-8, near the end of a committee-of-the-whole meeting that lasted nearly four hours.

Dialysis center seeks regulators' approval to switch locations

CHAMPAIGN — DaVita-Illini Renal Dialysis is asking state regulators for per-mission to close its 12-station facility at 507 E. University Ave., C, and expand at a new facility at 1004 W. Anthony Drive, C.

Students are going to flip for new Danville Lutheran

DANVILLE — When Danville Lutheran School students return to the classroom next Wednesday, they may not recognize it.

That's because the school's two campuses — Trinity, at 824 E. Main St., and Immanuel, at 1930 N. Bowman Ave. — underwent a major reorganization and renovations this summer, aimed at creating more modern, inviting, user-friendly and age-appropriate learning environments.

G-RF grad waiting on Hollywood after defending state title in hog calling

GEORGETOWN — For the second consecutive year, Andrew Metheney captured the state hog-calling championship. And for the second time, his newfound talent may lead the 19-year-old from the Illinois State Fair to a Hollywood studio.

Champaign council gives green light to new housing in southwest

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to approve adding eight new single-family homes and a clubhouse to the Legends of Champaign subdivision near the Curtis Road-Interstate 57 interchange, with a few council members critiquing how the homes will be lined with yard lights instead of street lights.

Union plans rally in Danville to raise awareness of low staffing at VA

DANVILLE — A federal government employee union plans to hold a rally in Danville this afternoon to raise awareness of what it calls dangerously low staffing levels for veterans' health care.

Tom Kacich: First hat officially tossed in ring for county-executive job

Urbana Dem cites job history of 'helping start new things'

The salary isn't set, nor are the responsibilities, but there now are at least three people interested in becoming the first county executive of Champaign County.

Lack of rain has business drying up for landscapers, farmers

In recent weeks, Lindy Loschen and his crew at Prairieview Landscaping have taken plenty of calls from customers, and oftentimes, the tone in their voice alerts him that there's some sort of emergency.

"Their grass is dying," said Loschen, the company's general manager.

Trump rips into those who left jobs panel after Charlottesville response

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped into business leaders who resigned from his White House jobs panel — the latest sign that corporate America's romance with Trump is faltering — after his equivocal response to violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.