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Convention up in the air

RANTOUL - Rantoul village officials will meet with the leaders of the World Free Fall Convention on Monday in the hopes of keeping the sky diving event at the Rantoul airport in 2003.

The search is over

DANVILLE - Twenty-five years of searching and disappointments were over when Marla Rickgauer was able to have family members present her father with a very special video tape.

Doctor suing over board appointees

SPRINGFIELD - A LeRoy physician and attorney is attempting to sue Gov. George Ryan and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, claiming a vote that killed his plans for a $5 million outpatient surgery center project in Urbana was invalid.

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.

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.

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.

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.