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UPDATE, 11:57 a.m. Thursday:

Champaign County's juvenile-diversion program will have rent covered for three years at its new location thanks to a $50,000 donation from Jimmy John's founder Jimmy John Liautaud.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz announced the donation to the Youth Assessment Center on Thursday's "A Penny For Your Thoughts" on WDWS. Rietz said officials are in talks to move the center to near the Secretary of State's Driver Services Facility in the Round Barn complex near the intersection of Mattis and Springfield avenues in west Champaign.

The center has been housed rent-free at a Unit 4-owned building on Randolph Street for the past three years. The Champaign school district now needs that building for office space.

The center's coordinator, former Champaign police Officer Jonathan Westfield, said it will continue to partner with the school district.

Rietz and Westfield declined to give the exact address for the center's new headquarters.

The Youth Assessment Center is the county's juvenile diversion program. It aims to direct kids away from the criminal-justice system and toward programs that help them.

Original story, published 9:44 a.m. Thursday:

A $50,000 gift from Jimmy Johns founder Jimmy John Liautaud has helped find a new home for the Champaign County Youth Assessment Center.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz announced the donation Thursday morning on "A Penny For Your Thoughts" on WDWS. Rietz said officials are in talks to move the center near the Secretary of State's Driver Services Facility in the Round Barn complex. She did not provide an exact address.

The center has been at a Unit 4-owned building on Randolph Street rent-free for the past three years. The Champaign school district now needs that building for office space.

The Youth Assessment Center is the county's juvenile diversion program. It aims to re-direct kids away from the criminal-justice system and toward programs that help them.

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Tim Ditman is a reporter at WDWS 1400-AM. His email is tditman@wdws.com.