URBANA — Ask anyone; you won't find a soul at Urbana Middle School who doesn't like Mr. Higgins.
That's coming straight from the mouths of seventh-graders Olivia Rosenstein and Isaac Gewirth, who think their school social worker, Stephen Higgins, has everything it takes to be a top-notch educator and a friendly mentor.
And they think the whole school would agree.
SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would put much of the state's economic development functions into a private, nonprofit corporation and make the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum an independent agency got approval from the House Executive Committee on Wednesday.
Jim Schultz, the new director of the state DCEO, said the changes would help the agency in its core mission: job creation.
Champaign County Crime Stoppers is accepting nominations for the first Dave Benton Crime Fighter Award.
This award, to be given annually, was recently established by the crime prevention agency's board of directors in honor of board member Benton, who signed off his anchor position at WCIA-TV last week.
DANVILLE — The Danville Rotary Club is again honoring servicemen and -women with its annual Memorial Way project.
Since 2002, the nearly 100-year-old Danville club has worked with the Vermilion County War Museum on this project, which lines both sides of Vermilion Street in Danville with American flags that display the names of current and former servicemen and -women and others.
URBANA — A nationally recognized expert on delivering mental health services to people who often end up in local jails will speak at a public meeting in Urbana on Thursday.
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.
CHAMPAIGN — She's always had a passion for helping the disenfranchised and those marginalized by society.
That passion took Rebecca Ginsburg abroad for several years where she was involved in human rights and anti-apartheid efforts.
CHAMPAIGN — Courage Connection has launched its "Courage for a Lifetime" Mother's Day card campaign.
To participate, make a minimum contribution of $25 to Courage Connection and a Mother's Day card will be sent to the honoree of the donor's choice.
CHAMPAIGN — Area veterans can get help with benefits issues at special service sessions at Champaign American Legion Post 24 (705 Bloomington Road) later this month.
National and state headquarters staff from the American Legion will be in town to discuss veterans benefits and service to the community.
A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Mobile Mutts Rescue Transport
About the club
President: Marion Stevens, who at age 17 rescued her first neglected dog, using bolt cutters and a slice of bologna to free her, from a chain that weighed more than she did. That was 40 years ago.