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Social Services

Bill allowing DACC, VA to trade land passes House

WASHINGTON — By voice vote the U.S. House Tuesday passed legislation allowing for a land swap between the Department of Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System and Danville Area Community College.

The legislation is sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, and is known as H.R. 3262.

Schools foundation names heroes to be honored at gala

CHAMPAIGN — Two Harvard alumni, a Los Angeles-based producer, a co-founder of Crimestoppers and a Champaign businessman will be honored as distinguished alumni at the 2016 Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation recognition gala on April 2.

Spotlight on Service, Feb. 9, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Watseka Elks Lodge 1791

About the club

Exalted Ruler: Scott Kingdon

Origin: The lodge was granted its charter from the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1950 and currently has around 250 members.

Vermilion County considers emergency support team

DANVILLE — In more than 20 years in the Vermilion County coroner's office, Peggy Johnson has handled many suicide

Peoria mayor credits program for reducing gun violence

For more witnesses to start coming forward in high-profile gun cases, the entire community's view of violence must change, local officials say.

For the retirees, Feb. 7-14, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

New CEO takes over as Prairie Center faces state budget challenges

CHAMPAIGN — It was having a family member with an addiction problem that first drew Gail Raney to apply for a part-time job at the Prairie Center, she recalled.

Some 15 years later, Raney is the new CEO of the nonprofit substance abuse treatment agency as it continues to face the challenge of serving hundreds at its three locations after many months without state payments.

Weekend planner: A flick of the wrist for charity

The fifth Disc Golf Ice Bowl takes place Saturday at Dodds Park in Champaign. The emphasis is on fun and charity rather than competition, says organizer Wilbur Wallisof the nonprofit Champaign County Disc Golf Club, which organizes recreational play year-round at the area's three courses. Saturday's Ice Bowl will raise money for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Religion calendar, Feb. 5-12, 2016

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Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.


Ash Wednesday (Feb. 10):

Lutheran Social Services cuts 750 jobs; Champaign office unaffected

While the state budget impasse is forcing cuts at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, the largest statewide provider of social services, the Champaign office is not among affected centers.