Pittman named director of Champaign library

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Public Library Board removed the "interim" tag from Director Donna Pittman's title on Friday morning, appointing her to permanently lead the four-star library.

Philo Road grocery store calling it quits

What should be built in its place? Tell Urbana's Tom Kacich your solution here

URBANA — The County Market grocery store on South Philo Road will close permanently come 7 p.m. Monday.

Advocates seek shelter for homeless women

CHAMPAIGN — Less than a year after their proposal to provide transitional housing was shot down in Urbana, the same sponsors are turning their attention to opening a new small emergency shelter for women at a yet undetermined location.

Area update: Drivers slowing down to new limits on Illinois 47

MAHOMET — Drivers on Illinois 47 are slowing down thanks to some newly imposed speed limits on the stretch of highway that passes the Briarcliff and Thornewood neighborhoods on the north side of Mahomet.

What's in a name? Clara Lane

Today, the Champaign Public Library is expected to name a new director. When that director is selected, chances are she will drive or walk on Clara Lane, the road outside the library's main doors.

When the new library was built and opened in 2008, it received $3 million in donations. One single gift came from an anonymous donor in the amount of $1 million.

Critics of IBHE pick have a Plan B

URBANA — Faculty groups that oppose the appointment of a Champaign cybersecurity expert as the sole faculty member on the Illinois Board of Higher Education have suggested a compromise.

Let John Bambenek be one of the IBHE's nine public members rather than the faculty representative.

Clergy Corner: Spotlighting area religious leaders — both on the pulpit and off it

A new weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders — both on the pulpit and off it


Brent Budd, First Christian Church of Arcola

Area history, July 29, 2016

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#TheMJs, July 29, 2016

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Religion calendar, July 29-Aug. 5, 2016

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