Top of the morning, July 30, 2016

There's plenty good that comes from the annual St. Jude Run, in which a group of 50 jogs from Champaign to Peoria to raise up to $60,000 for cancer research.

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.

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.

Religion calendar, July 29-Aug. 5, 2016

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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.

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.

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

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.

#TheMJs, July 29, 2016

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Top of the morning, July 29, 2016

Gordon Voit, new sports director at WAND, has been back in the area since late April. Earlier this week, the former Daily Illini columnist and UI alum got a heavy dose of Illinois football when he covered the Big Ten kickoff event in Chicago.