Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Judge adds '07 taxes to hospital's potential bill

URBANA – The back and forth dispute over Provena Covenant Medical Center's property tax exemption has taken yet another turn.

Last month, it was $6.1 million, plus interest, that Champaign County wanted Covenant to pay back to local taxing bodies.

County can bill Covenant for '07 property taxes, judge rules

URBANA – Champaign County taxing authorities can bill Provena Covenant Medical Center for 2007 property taxes, Champaign County Judge Michael Jones ruled this morning.

Jones vacated his order of this past spring that had protected the hospital from being billed for 2007 taxes based on a Sangamon County court decision that found the hospital to be tax-exempt.

Board members approve Mahomet-Seymour budget for 2008-09

MAHOMET – The Mahomet-Seymour Board of Education unanimously passed the 2008-09 school district budget, which shows a $172,903 discrepancy between revenue and expenditures.

Revenue for the district is projected to be $27,035,953, while expenditures are estimated at $27,208,856.

Van Zuidam thrilled to be active after recovery from meningitis

URBANA – Erica Van Zuidam loves the feeling of a good workout that gets her heart pumping.

"It feels like how it used to be. My old life, in sports and everything," she said. "I think that's why it's so fun. It brings back good times."

On Saturday, Van Zuidam ran a 5-kilometer race – 3.1 miles in two laps around the University of Illinois campus, from the Illini Union to the Stock Pavilion. It was her first race on her carbon fiber legs with the zebra-striped cloth covering the top. Her first race since her feet and hands were amputated, the casualties of a nearly fatal case of bacterial meningitis she contracted at the end of her freshman year at the UI.

Advocate for girls, women plans visit 'home'


DANVILLE – In between attending the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City and receiving a Rising Voice of Women award in Chicago, human rights activist Molly Melching will make a stop at her alma mater, Danville High School.

Small change can make big difference for Danville boy

TILTON – This week, Southwest Elementary School students have been raiding their piggy banks, looking under couch cushions and digging through kitchen drawers for loose change.

It's all part of a "Coins for a Cure" drive to help 10-year-old Christopher Adkins, a fourth-grader who has mitochondrial disease.

Rotarians raising money to eradicate polio

URBANA – Would you give 17 cents to help rid the planet of a crippling and sometimes fatal disease that remains a threat to children?

Rotary clubs throughout central Illinois figure that's all it would take – just 17 cents from each adult and child in their 24-county district – to raise their share of the $200 million being raised by Rotary International for a massive polio eradication campaign.

Make-a-Wish Foundation holding fundraiser at Lincoln Square Village

The Champaign Regional Council for the Make-A-Wish Foundation will be hosting a fundraising event on Saturday at Lincoln Square Village in Urbana.

Council Chairman Brian Luckenbill says the Wish Upon A Star Fundraising Celebration is an effort to raise money and awareness of Make-A-Wish activities in central Illinois.

Advocates for social services protest budget cuts

URBANA – A gathering Wednesday night intended to be a public forum about state budget cuts turned into an all-out rally supporting human services that are facing budget cuts.

A boisterous, cheering crowd filled the gym at Brookens Administrative Center, bringing together hundreds who know the importance of services that help the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled and those with substance abuse problems.

Carle donates $100,000 to Parkland to help elder care

CHAMPAIGN – Carle Foundation Hospital is giving $100,000 to Parkland College to improve the health care of elderly residents.

Kris Young, Parkland's vice president for academic services, announced the gift to Parkland's board of trustees at their Wednesday night meeting.