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Opponents Of Unit 4 Referendum Want To “Keep Central Central”

A new group is fighting a Champaign Unit Four school bond referendum that would move Central High School to the north edge of the city. Keep Central Central was planning to announce itself with a news conference on Saturday, Jan. 31st. Its organizers say they support building a new school --- but will campaign against the bond referendum, because of the Champaign school district’s plans to move Central High School to a new site on Interstate Drive. Spokesman Alan Nudo says they're not advocating any specific site. But he says the district's proposed location to the north flies against a long-term trend..."  [Read more]

Friday, January 30, 2015, 4:18pm  |
Rauner: “Education Bureaucracy” Standing In Way Of Education

Illinois has more than 850 school districts and over 13,000 school administrators in its K-12 system. Gov. Bruce Rauner says those numbers are bloat to the system and is calling for a paring down of what he calls "education bureaucracy." In a speech to business leaders in Champaign yesterday (THURSDAY), the governor said not enough of the state's tax dollars that are funneled to education are actually making it to the classroom. Rauner campaigned on letting the state's temporary income tax hike sunset while also promising to increase funding for schools. Now that the state is facing a..."  [Read more]

Friday, January 30, 2015, 1:02pm  |
Campus greenhouse catches fire

URBANA -- Firefighters were called to a greenhouse on campus. It happened on Peabody Street. The fire was put out quickly, but the road was blocked of to keep people away. No one was hurt.  [Read more]

Friday, January 30, 2015, 12:04pm  |
Robber hits pet store

SPRINGFIELD -- Police are looking for an armed robber. Wednesday, the suspect entered Nature Select Pet Store, in the 500-block of West Monroe. He showed an employee a box cutter and demanded money. He fled when a customer walked in. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward. Sangamon & Menard County Crime Stoppers (217) 788 - Text: Tip672 + info to CRIMES (274637)  [Read more]

Friday, January 30, 2015, 11:59am  |
February 3, 2015 Regular Council Meeting Agenda

The City Council agenda for the February 3, 2015 Regular Council Meeting is now available online. This meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers of the City Building, 102 N. Neil St in Champaign, at 7:00pm. The meeting is open to the public and participation is welcome and encouraged. Click here to download the agenda...(Read the Rest...)  [Read more]

Friday, January 30, 2015, 9:20am  |
CFD Fire Information Report – 2805 Blair Dr.

Narrative: Champaign Fire Department responded to 2805 Blair Dr. on January 29th, at 6:30p.m. Upon arrival, fire crews found smoke emitting from the overhead garage door on the north side of the structure. Fire crews advanced a single hand line through the front door of the house and found fire to be in the attached...(Read the Rest...)  [Read more]

Friday, January 30, 2015, 9:10am  |
Friday Flicks - Oscar Nominated Short Films

Friday Flicks - A timely film on race, two collections of short films and a comedy classic are on area screens this weekend.  Here to get us up to date on all things movies is film critic Chuck Koplinski.2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films - Animated. The five nominees for the Oscar for Best Animated Short are a mixed but overall solid lot of films.  Canada's charming "Me and My Moulton" concerns three dissatisfied sisters who come to realize how lucky they are: the predictable Disney short "Feast" follows the shifting role of a dog as his owner dates and marries; "The Bigger Picture" from England is a..."  [Read more]

Friday, January 30, 2015, 8:12am  |
Woodstock Theater Dedicates Auditorium To Harold Ramis

This is the first year Groundhog Day will go on without Harold Ramis. More than two decades ago, the famed movie director chose Woodstock, Illinois to shoot his 1993 comedy "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Ramis died Feb 24. 2014, at the age of 69. Rick Bellairs is with the Woodstock Groundhog Days Committee. He was also an extra in the movie. Bellairs says, because of Ramis, the Woodstock town square is recognizable around the world. "He was just such a gracious and genuine guy, and we were so sad at his passing last year that we just thought it was time. It was a little..."  [Read more]

Friday, January 30, 2015, 6:21am  |
Special Ed students lose funding

RANTOUL - For years 11 school districts have pulled their resources together to help special needs students. It's called the Rural Champaign County Special Education Co-op.Thousands of dollars have been saved this way. However, now the Rantoul City School district wants out.If the Rantoul City School district withdraws from the rural Champaign County special ed program, it could be a big hit.Jennifer Armstrong says, "We will see a decrease in revenue of about a million dollars we would be losing a lot of staff from 10 to 15 staff members."All of the  districts in the co-op voted not to let them leave,..."  [Read more]

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 11:17pm  |
2nd man missing from campus area

Update: 11:03 pmUNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Vicente Mundo hasn't been seen in four days. The 20-year old was last seen at a friend's apartment in the 900-block of South Third Street."I hope I am wrong," says, Victoria Mundo, Vicente's sister. The UI student has disappeared. This is the second person to disappear from Champaign in the last month. Investigators are still looking for Cristian Zamora, a former UI student, He hasn't been seen since New Year's Eve. Police say Mundo left his apartment Sunday and headed to a friend's house. His family says he never came back.Mundo's roommate got worried and contacted his..."  [Read more]

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 11:03pm  |
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