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Pension payments delayed

About 45 percent more state workers than were expected took advantage of an early retirement offer that ended Tuesday evening, but many of those people are now facing a couple of lean months.

Lawmaker to finish Myers' term

SPRINGFIELD - State Rep. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, who was elected to the Senate in November, will get a few extra days of seniority by completing state Sen. Judy Myers' term.

Police: Bullet just missed young girl

URBANA - Whoever shot and killed LaQuentin Hughes just missed - by inches - killing his 18-month old daughter, according to Urbana police.

Polish researchers seek money from Savoy firm

SAVOY - A group of Polish researchers claims a Savoy security-software company failed to pay them in full after they successfully won a hacking contest.

Drop-in child care referral service plans take shape

URBANA - When Mary Anne Wilson returned to work four months after her first child was born, she and her husband decided to hire a nanny.

Board picks new Champaign library director

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Public Library Board today hired the director of the Anderson, Ind., Public Library to run the Champaign library. Marsha Grove is expected to start in February.

Births and deaths

Births and deaths for Thursday, January 2, 2003

'Weed cop' makes fields, streets safe

You do what for a living? It's a question Richard Layden, 75, of Hoopeston has heard more than a few times in the past 13 years.

UI center gives students lessons in leadership

URBANA - College is supposed to prepare students for a productive life by giving them knowledge of their chosen field and the ability to think critically. A leadership center at the University of Illinois is also teaching them the practical skills they'll need on the job, such as an awareness of their own values and how to work in a team.

County GOP hires first coordinator

CHAMPAIGN - For the first time, the Champaign County Republican Central Committee has hired a paid administrator/coordinator to help with the party's organizational and fund-raising efforts. Jennifer McLennand, 40, of Champaign, a former legislative aide to state Rep. Rick Winkel, began working for the county party in early October in a part-time (about 30 hours per week) capacity.