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Wilber Heights: Neighborhood hangs on against the odds

By LIZ CLANCY LERNER/For The News-Gazette

A short history of Wilber Heights

1928: Wilber Heights developed as a single-family residential development. No zoning in place when homes are built.

1973: County zoning ordinance takes effect; Wilber Heights zoning is split between light industry and heavy industry. Homes become nonconforming and limits are placed on renovation and rehabilitation.

Construction trade programs aim to assist minorities

Every Saturday, for 20 weeks, 46 men and women reported to the Physical Plant Service Building on the University of Illinois campus at 7:30 a.m. and worked until 3:30 p.m. Some stayed afterward to continue working; a few even showed up early for the same reason.

Homestead Corp. looking to assist even more in need of housing

By PAOLO CISNEROS / For The News-Gazette

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Refugee Center faces potential closure over lack of state funds

URBANA – A Spanish-speaking woman calls the East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center because she does not know where to turn for help. She says she was seriously injured when the balcony of her apartment collapsed and the apartment owner will not pay her hospital bills.

Bilingual education one way to break barriers to learning

By A.M. COLE/For The News-Gazette

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Potential users imagine benefits of Big Broadband in Champaign-Urbana

By JOEL STEINFELDT For The News-Gazette

CHAMPAIGN – This summer, Tanya Weatherly will again decide between having Internet access at home and paying her other utility bills.