"It's a massive scam. That's what it is," says state Rep. Chapin Rose, indicating that his office has received "countless calls" from community residents who have received MasterCard debit cards from IDES and drawn on KeyBank.

The attendance figure you saw in the official Northwestern-Illinois recaps — 35,895, based on the number of tickets distributed — was more than three times the size of the actual turnstile count: 11,800.

We said bye-bye to Burnham Mansion, the late Great Impasta and those funky eclipse glasses, and welcome to the 44th president, the Pride Parade and a Pesotum farm-playing Luke Bryan. As the clock winds down on the 2010s — and the countdown continues to a new Costco in Champaign, a casino in Danville and A/C at last throughout Central High School

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As Champaign's school district asked residents to accept millions of dollars in cost overruns for needed building renovations, dozens of district employees charged pricey staff dinners, flowers and more to taxpayers.