CHAMPAIGN – The woman backing out of the driveway in the upscale Republican neighborhood in southwest Champaign rolled down the window and asked the candidate going door-to-door whether he was a Democrat or a Republican.
"An independent," answered Jerommie Smith.
"That's a good answer," she smiled before driving away.
URBANA – The students at King Elementary School waited in line to get their orange plastic trays, filled with their lunch of pancakes, sausage, tater tots and milk.
When the kids were done eating Thursday, the trays went back to the kitchen, through the dishwasher, and they'll be brought out to serve lunch again today.
CHAMPAIGN — Five people were evacuated from a chiller plant on the University of Illinois campus Thursday after chemicals temporarily produced a gas vapor cloud in the building.
Champaign firefighters were called to the Oak Street Chiller Plant, 1305 S. Oak St., C, at 11:45 a.m.
WASHINGTON – Communities interested in hosting the underground carbon dioxide storage site for the FutureGen 2.0 clean-coal project not only have to meet several criteria, but they're going to have to act quickly to enter the competition, the FutureGen Alliance said Wednesday.
CHAMPAIGN – A veteran Parkland College trustee met with Jill Biden and other community college leaders at the White House, where President Obama stressed the need for such institutions in the current and future economy.
Thomas Bennett, vice chairman of Parkland's board, was in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges.
MONTICELLO – A groundbreaking for the new Kirby Medical Center in Monticello has been set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6.
The hospital received official word this week that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has committed to a $31.2 million loan needed for the project.
CHAMPAIGN – Two area companies and several local school districts and cities will share in nearly $6 million in energy grants to East Central Illinois, courtesy of federal stimulus money.
The biggest winner: EpiWorks in Champaign, which received about $2.5 million to expand its photovoltaic wafer production capacity.
CHAMPAIGN – Roundhouse, a shelter for homeless and runaway children and young teens in Champaign, will refocus its program to serve young adults because its major federal funding source for younger teens and adolescents isn't being renewed.