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Social Services

Council OKs rezoning for Highland Greens

URBANA — A housing project for homeless veterans that would be the first of its kind in the area is one step closer to reality — and not everyone in Urbana is happy about it.

The city council approved a rezoning request from Urbana's community development department for the area that will be the home to Highland Greens.

For the retirees, June 14-21, 2015

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.

State comptroller: 'We can't pay bills now'

SAVOY — Legislators have failed Illinois citizens by failing to pass a balanced budget, state Comptroller Leslie Munger said Friday, and she urged them to work with Gov. Bruce Rauner to pass a new budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Four agencies splitting $43,200 in grants

CHAMPAIGN — Four local agencies will share in $43,200 in grant funding through the Marajen Stevick Foundation.

One of the recipients chosen was the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, being awarded $13,600 to start a structured reading program in its after-school program.

Veteran nurse taking command of Danville Legion

DANVILLE — Audry Morse grew up a "military brat" — the daughter of a nurse and an Army pilot and the big sister to two brothers she helped raise when her dad was killed in a car accident at age 29.

Spotlight on Service, June 9, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Georgetown Ladies Community Club

About the club

President: Judy Sawyer

Origin: Founded in 1957 as the Georgetown Junior Women's Club. The name was later changed to the Georgetown Ladies Community Club.

Meets: 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Georgetown Public Library.

Hoping domestic violence doesn't get lost in shuffle

Across the nation, sexual assault on college campuses has become a hot issue, grabbing headlines and attention. In recent months, the University of Illinois has garnered national attention for its bystander intervention program, "It's On Us," even leading to an April visit from Vice President Joe Biden.

Police say domestic violence is 'our No. 1 call'

On April 17, Jeremy Irons of Urbana was sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated domestic battery and intimidation. He had smashed his girlfriend's head against the interior of her car until she passed out and then later choked her and threatened her by saying he might go to get a gun.

Groups that address domestic violence face funding cuts

Those working to address the issue of domestic violence say they are facing a crisis.

Local domestic-violence shelter Courage Connection served 692 clients, answered 935 domestic violence hotline calls and filed 122 orders of protection in its most recent fiscal year.

Still, it wasn't enough, said Isak Griffiths, director of Courage Connection.

For the retirees, June 7-14, 2015

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.