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Officials exploring trolleys in trip to Europe

CHAMPAIGN - A group of 14 local governmental officials left Wednesday afternoon for a nine-day, taxpayer-subsidized trip to Europe to investigate trolley systems in several smaller European cities.

Mixed scores stir UMS vow to improve

URBANA - Middle school teachers are doing a good job educating about 1,000 students there, but administrators aren't completely satisfied with the results.

Unit 4 negotiations still moving slowly

CHAMPAIGN - School teachers, administrators and support personnel started the new year with another round of meetings with a mediator, trying to resolve contract conflicts.

Volition project will grow

CHAMPAIGN - Downtown Champaign's newest neighbor, the Volition project, already had star status in the constellation of local building projects.

Lawsuit against Ryan, board advances

SPRINGFIELD - A Sangamon County judge ruled Tuesday that a LeRoy physician's lawsuit against Gov. George Ryan and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board could go forward.

Vote planned on sanitary fee hike

URBANA - Everyone must really be looking forward to this new sanitary district user fee increase.

Miss America urges pupils to show kindness

Crystal Carter had a good reason for taking all of the Champaign Central High School Academy sophomores out of class Monday to hear Miss America speak in the school's theater.

Forest preserve chief plans to retire

MAHOMET - The longtime executive director of the Champaign County Forest Preserve plans to retire, effective May 31.

Developers await city council vote

CHAMPAIGN - Back in the mid-1980s, when much of their new residential subdivision was still on the drawing board, the developers of Robeson Meadows were already envisioning the neighborhood shopping center they would build when the population in southwest Champaign caught up with their dreams.

Meeting keys on gains, pains from Volition

CHAMPAIGN - Build a $10 million building on an 80-space parking lot and you're bound to hear about it, about 80 times.