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Social Services

Toys for Troops seeks help with fund-raiser

CHAMPAIGN — A group that supports troops serving abroad is looking for volunteers for a fund-raiser.

The Toys for Troops spaghetti dinner will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Esquire, 106 N. Walnut St. C.

Spaghetti will be provided by Minneci's Italian Ristorante, and there will be music by ThreeBird Acoustic Trio

Charity-care battles began here

URBANA — Illinois' first battles over how much charity care hospitals may need to provide to deserve tax breaks from their local communities were fought in Champaign County, and they haven't ended yet.

New space in Champaign widens capability of cancer society

CHAMPAIGN — Cancer treatments can temporarily rob patients of their hair, but Pam Barak knows a wig can mean a lot more than a substitute head covering.

For cancer patients, especially women, the right wig can be a real confidence booster.

Residents complain about bedbugs; housing authority says it's working on problem

URBANA — Residents of a public housing complex say they have been infested with bed bugs since April, and on Thursday they told Housing Authority of Champaign County officials that the agency is not doing enough to kill the problem.

Campus drive results from last year

Charities funded by the Campus Charitable Fund Drive last year, and the amounts they received:

American Cancer Society: $78,680

America's Charities: $61,866

Black United Fund of Illinois: $14,503

Community Health Charities: $66,952

Community Shares of Illinois: $95,112

Earth Share of Illinois: $68,041

Global Impact: $88,743

Campus fund drive aims high

URBANA — Fresh off faculty pay raises, and with no furloughs in sight, the state's largest employee charity drive has again set a $1.4 million goal after falling short in tough times last year.

The eight-week Campus Charitable Fund Drive at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus kicked off Monday and runs through Nov. 11.

Church-based group to conduct homelessness survey

CHAMPAIGN — A new church-based group created to help the "most vulnerable" of Champaign-Urbana's homeless population will conduct a homelessness survey next month, part of a national campaign called 100,000 Homes.

State payment lag may force nursing home to borrow

URBANA — Because of anticipated delays in state Medicaid reimbursements, officials at the Champaign County Nursing Home are looking at borrowing as much as $2 million to ease the facility through difficult financial times.

Women's clinic sees more patients; fund drive planned

DANVILLE — The sheer volume of women needing support services has stretched the Women's Care Clinic.

The clinic saw a 40 percent increase in client numbers from 2009 to 2010. The first six months of 2011 also had a 17 percent increase over the first six months of 2010.

Kim Paden, clinic executive director, said several things are contributing to the increase.

United Way set to kick off drive in Vermilion County

DANVILLE — Last year, thousands of students in Vermilion County and beyond learned how to stay safe in personal relationships and on the Internet through the Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center's prevention education program.

This year, the rape crisis center will take the program to even more students thanks to a $2,000 allocation from the United Way of Danville Area.