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County board gives final OK to high-speed rail resolution

Updated 9:10 p.m.

URBANA — The Champaign County Board is now on record in support of Midwest high-speed rail, calling on Congress to “include a program to develop an integrated network of high-speed trains and expanded Amtrak service in the upcoming transportation authorization.”

UI: Don't drive to campus if you don't have to on Thursday

URBANA — University of Illinois officials are encouraging residents of Champaign-Urbana to avoid driving on campus Thursday — even if they work there.

IBM returns $30 million to UI over Blue Waters

CHAMPAIGN — IBM returned $30 million to the University of Illinois Wednesday afternoon, a week after it pulled out of the Blue Waters supercomputer project.

COGFA authorizes one-year insurance negotiation

CHICAGO — A legislative commission Tuesday authorized the Quinn administration to negotiate group health insurance contract extensions with Health Alliance and PersonalCare that will run until June 30, 2012.

But lawmakers also warned the health insurers that they shouldn't expect to get a significant rate increase from the state.

UI emergency alert test goes smoothly

URBANA — Tuesday's test of the new emergency alert system at the University of Illinois appears to have resolved problems that previously delayed sending some messages to email users, according to UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler.

The Illini-Alert system sends email and text messages in the event of a campus emergency.

Champaign increases enforcement as UI resumes

CHAMPAIGN — The city says it will be cracking down on trash.

Over the next two weeks, as University of Illinois students move into town, Champaign will be increasing enforcement in the campus area in an attempt to eliminate large accumulations of trash and overflowing Dumpsters.

Center on Democracy formally closes

URBANA — Tuesday is the first day without a Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society at the University of Illinois.

The victim of Stewarding Excellence cost-trimming in June, it loses its Stoughton Street offices, but its director will continue as an a professor.

Public transit urged from Rantoul to C-U

RANTOUL — Public transportation between Rantoul and Champaign-Urbana could help boost economic development in Rantoul, community leaders told state Sen. Mike Frerichs.

UI to test emergency alert system again

URBANA — The emergency Illini-Alert system for the University of Illinois campus will be tested at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 16).

Everyone on the Urbana campus whose email address ends in should receive an alert during the test. Those who had registered any cellphone numbers or non-university email addresses also should receive an alert during the test.

Entrepreneur set to increase ties to campus

CHAMPAIGN — Alex Bratton has founded 10 technology companies, and he's intent on bringing some of them to Champaign-Urbana.

Bratton, a University of Illinois alumnus who describes himself as "half geek, half entre- preneur," says he's eager to esta- blish more ties with campus.