Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Emerald ash borer making its way south

BLOOMINGTON – The emerald ash borer, a beetle responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America, has been discovered in McLean County, the Illinois Department of Agriculture reported Friday.

It's the southernmost detection of the pest in Illinois, and that bothers Champaign city arborist Bill Vander Weit.

Officials confident -- but cautious -- about Lincoln Hall renovation

The capital bill may have stalled, but the University of Illinois is moving forward as though the Lincoln Hall renovation might happen – if not next year, then someday.

The planning and design phase of the project should wrap up by the end of this month, and come Aug. 25, when the UI fall semester starts, classes will be held in places like Wohlers Hall and Smith Memorial Music Hall instead of Lincoln Hall.

Feeling the pinch: Getting by an even greater challenge for poor

A factory worker who takes an overnight shift and daytime cleaning jobs when her hours are cut. A teacher's aide who travels north to detassel corn because summer jobs are scarce in Texas.

The faltering economy is forcing many Americans to cut back on extras as they absorb rising gas and food prices. But for those already living on the economic edge, the choices are much more grim.

Firefighters' streak snuffed out in fundraiser for Crisis Nursery

URBANA – History was on the side of the firefighters, but the police showed up at Urbana High School with something to prove.

And the way things went at Saturday night's annual flag football matchup to benefit the Crisis Nursery, you might say the cops arrested the firefighters' chances early in the game.

American Cancer Society bus tour stopping in Urbana

URBANA – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's Fight Back Express bus will make a stop in Urbana Monday, the organization said.

The bus will be parked at Provena Covenant Medical Center, 1400 W. Park St., from noon to 1 p.m.

Traveling group that helps veterans to visit Danville

DANVILLE – The 2008 Harley's Heroes Tour will make a stop at Gutterridge Harley-Davidson in Danville on July 25 and 26.

Military veterans in Vermilion County and surrounding areas can receive free counseling and assistance with their government benefits as part of a tour that is visiting 175 Harley-Davidson dealerships across the U.S. Benefits assistance will be offered to veterans of all ages in the communities where they live through a $1 million grant from the Harley-Davidson Foundation to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

Managed-care company buys HCH Administration Inc.

URBANA – The managed-care company launched by Carle Clinic nearly three decades ago is once again expanding beyond its home base in Urbana, this time picking up some 64,000 new members from a company in Peoria.

Health Alliance Medical Plans said it has finalized its purchase of HCH Administration Inc., a company that provides administrative services for employers with self-funded health benefit plans.

Nursing home's accounting problems fixable, expert says

CHAMPAIGN – A nearly $1.2 million discrepancy in expenses between two county reports is one of at least two financial problems with the county's nursing home that can be fixed, a University of Illinois accountancy professor said Thursday.

"There is a problem with data integrity, but it's a fixable problem," said Rachel Schwartz, who is an unpaid consultant to the county board.

Carle's two new C-U facilities nearing completion

URBANA – Two new Carle Clinic facilities being built in Champaign-Urbana are nearly ready to open.

And when they do, they're going to be busy places.

Nursing home administrator resigns, but keeps his job

URBANA – Andrew Buffenbarger resigned from the Champaign County Nursing Home on Monday, only to start work there Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, he's an employee of Management Performance Associates of the St. Louis, which was hired last week at $15,000 a month to manage the nursing home.