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Area update: Piatt, DeWitt counties may share tax assessor position

MONTICELLO — Piatt County may share an assessor with neighboring DeWitt County if the latter's board approves the action at Thursday's meeting.

Paula Bates, Piatt's supervisor of assessments, resigned her position in March to become the assessor for Champaign County.

Urbana neighborhood: Preservation vs. development

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URBANA — The city of Urbana has a conundrum: the historic neighborhood east of campus is too beautiful to mess with, yet too valuable to not develop.

UI expert: Clinton shutdown would have little effect on energy prices, reliability

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois expert on energy policy says the shutdown of the Clinton nuclear plant probably would have little effect on Midwestern electricity prices or the reliability of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. system, which includes downstate Illinois.

Not much happy talk in Clinton

CLINTON — No matter where you went Thursday in this DeWitt County city of 7,000 — from Carol Van Rheeden's chat with friends over coffee on the square downtown to the pews of the First Christian Church of Clinton — the same sore subject was on the tip of everyone's tongue.

Mid-September is 'point of no return' for Clinton

CLINTON — The chance to save Exelon Corporation's Clinton nuclear plant — and its 700 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity — is still open but it's closing quickly.

Lawmakers back Clinton plant; Rauner calls bill 'bailout,' hopes to 'find a way through'

CLINTON — While local lawmakers pledged Thursday to work hard to keep the Clinton nuclear plant open, Gov. Bruce Rauner called a bill designed to provide financial aid to the plant's owner, Exelon Corp., "a bailout" and said that "hopefully we can find a way through this."

Rich Warren: 'Ghost image' could scare potential OLED TV buyers

The eye-candy OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display, the newest TV display technology, delivers stunning picture quality. Perfection hovers just out of reach.

Entertainment listings, June 2-9, 2016

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Clinton nuclear plant sets record for refueling

CLINTON — The Clinton nuclear power plant has set a U.S. record for the shortest refueling outage for a boiling water reaction: 11 days.

Ironically, the 29-year-old plant, located about 30 miles west of Champaign in DeWitt County, could be closed by Exelon Corp.

Forest preserve district marks a half-century

DANVILLE — As a kid growing up in Westville, Ken Konsis would go with his dad east of town to a rugged, wooded area to hunt squirrels. In the summertime, they'd pick blackberries, then cool off with a swim in a nearby creek.

"You'd be so hot and sweaty after picking blackberries," Konsis said.