Social Services

Social Services

Police giving away 100 bicycles this morning

URBANA — Urbana police and the Champaign County sheriff's office will hold their popular bike giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon today in front of the Public Works Building at 704 S. Glover St.

Michelle Carr, animal control officer for the Urbana Police Department, said the event serves as an opportunity to give back to the community.

Q&A: Gary Olsen

When an earthquake struck in Nepal on April 25, killing thousands and affecting millions, Gary Olsen's phone started ringing off the hook.

It's always that way when times get toughest somewhere on the globe.

Spotlight on Service, June 23, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Arthur Rotary Club

About the club

President: Rev. Leroy Allison — for another week. Kenneth Crossman becomes president on July 1.

Origin: Founded in 1952 and chartered by the Tuscola Rotary Club.

Meets: Noon Thursdays at Yoder's Kitchen.

For the retirees, June 21-28, 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.

$10 million for Extension finally released

URBANA — Like other state-funded agencies, University of Illinois Extension is anxiously awaiting a resolution to the state budget standoff.

But the statewide outreach program got some good news this week: About $10 million in Extension funding held up for most of the current fiscal year was finally released Friday.

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.

Go figure: June 17, 2015

Go figure: A numerical look at local headlines

$149,000-ish

What's expected to be in Champaign County's Relay For Life kitty once the money's all counted from last weekend and prior mini-relays.

"We're down," event co-lead JILL RANNEBARGER reported Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.