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Supreme Court upholds state's hospital tax-exemption law

SPRINGFIELD — A Supreme Court ruling upholding the state's six-year-old hospital tax exemption law is being viewed as a win for both nonprofit hospitals and taxing districts, but it remains to be seen how it will play out in the Carle Foundation's pending lawsuit over property taxes in Champaign County.

UI pushing tax-incentive program to attract businesses to college towns

CHAMPAIGN — A tax-incentive program to attract more businesses to campus communities in Illinois, and spur jobs for students, is being pushed by the University of Illinois.

The "Grow Illinois" bill, as it's called for now, will be part of the legislative package from the University of Illinois this fall for consideration next spring, officials said Wednesday.

Parkland board approves hiring of new marketing director

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College has a new marketing director.

On Wednesday night, the Parkland College Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to hire Erin Shannon as marketing and public relations director.

Shannon begins her new duties on Oct. 4.

Former C.V. Lloyde building's face-lift: $630,000

CHAMPAIGN — A 116-year-old building is receiving a face-lift.

Champaign-based Wells & Wells Construction is replacing some of the brick on the former C.V. Lloyde building at 102 S. Neil St.

Open house to show community how farm sparks students' outdoor interests

CHAMPAIGN — If you had asked an eighth-grade Mona Jawd about her future in edible landscaping, you might have gotten a blank stare in response.

But pose the same question to the now-high school senior at Centennial, and you'll get far more.

"It's something I became really passionate about — it's part of my calling," Jawd said.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 20, 2018

Centennial High's football players will get a kick out of playing at a Big Ten stadium on Saturday morning.

The homecoming court? Maybe not so much.

The change of venue means Centennial's king and queen will be crowned in a quicker-than-usual halftime ceremony at Memorial Stadium — not under the Friday night lights at the high school.

Area history, Sept. 20, 2018

Today is Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, Company B, the local unit of the 10th Illinois Infantry of the National Guard, took first place in an encampment 4 miles north of Danville.

This day in history, Sept. 20, 2018

Today is Thursday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2018. There are 102 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Sept. 20, 1962, James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Democratic Gov. Ross R. Barnett. (Meredith was later admitted.)

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Fisher HS Homecoming Rally 2018

Fisher's homecoming pep rally at Kellar Field in Fisher on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

SJ-O's 2018 Hall of Fame class includes four multi-sport athletes

ST. JOSEPH — In his day, no one around here could catch ROBBY RING in the sprints.

In hers, few could go the distance like ASHLEY (WRIGHT) PADDOCK — a four-time all-stater in cross-country and track.