Habitat for Humanity of Danville will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest house-building project at 3 p.m. Sunday at 1111 N. Gilbert St., Danville. The project is a partnership between Habitat and the Center for Children's Services.
To volunteer or donate money for the project, call Executive Director John Graves at 497-4234.
WASHINGTON – Illinoisans should know by early next year if Mattoon will indeed be the home to a plant that could cleanly convert the state's abundant supply of coal into electrical energy.
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced Friday that an agreement with the FutureGen Alliance to build the first commercial-scale carbon capture and sequestration project in the country will go forward, having previously been pronounced dead by the Bush administration.
URBANA – Crisis Nursery of Champaign County might have to serve 150 fewer children over the next year after a one-two punch from funding sources.
Executive Director Stephanie Record learned Friday that the organization, 1309 W. Hill St., U, will see a more than 10 percent cut in state funding. The Legislature has lined out the item for all six crisis nurseries in Illinois.
Faith in Action in Danville and Faith in Action South have each received $2,500 grants for building wheelchair ramps from the Ward Dads Chapter #61.
The money is for the purchase of materials to build ramps for disabled senior citizens in Danville and southern Vermilion County.
CHAMPAIGN – Julia Guth knows all too well the demands of the so-called "Sandwich Generation" – adults who are simultaneously caring for aging parents and their own children.
For nine years, the Urbana woman managed her father's finances and health care as he progressively declined with Alzheimer's disease. She even resigned from her career to care for him.
CHAMPAIGN – A little more than a month ago, Champ Walker dipped the back wheel of his bicycle in the Pacific Ocean.
On Tuesday evening, that same bicycle glided over Champaign County's sometimes-bumpy backroads before a daylong break at the Drury Inn in Champaign.
"When we get to Boston, I just might dump the whole bike in the ocean," said the Champaign native.
HOOPESTON – What a difference some enthusiasm makes.
"Main Street has made a vast improvement in our downtown," said Dana Goodrum, Hoopeston's economic development director. "It has dedicated volunteers, great events and is always thinking creatively."
DANVILLE – Since 1964, a local group has put on annual Turtle Races for the community and raised thousands of dollars for children with disabilities.
But, organizers say, if they don't have a good turnout at this year's event on Saturday, the tradition may come to an end.
DANVILLE – About 60 Vermilion County families are scrambling to find new child care services after learning on Tuesday morning that theirs will close later this month.
The Center for Children's Services announced it will close its Early Learning Center at 702 N. Logan Ave., Danville, on June 26 for financial reasons.
CHAMPAIGN – Gabbie Watson of Danville and her newest best friends chanted a cheer together Sunday afternoon on the UI Quad.
"We got the power! Energize!" they shouted.
Watson was one of approximately 150 of tomorrow's leaders who gathered on the University of Illinois campus this weekend to learn about leadership, service and innovation through the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar.