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Flooding a Persistent Threat to One Champaign Neighborhood

CHAMPAIGN-- Jim Creighton says, "That was when I lost my furnace the first time. It was running when the water came up and i didn't even have a clue that the water was coming up and all of a sudden the furnace stopped." That was a few years ago, the first time Creighton's basement flooded with several feet of water. ...  [Read more]

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 11:18pm  |
Joining Together to Stop Local Crime

URBANA -- Wright street. It's the dividing line between Champaign and Urbana. When a crime happens here, either department could show up first.That's what happened Wednesday morning when a woman was shot in Urbana near Eads and Wright streets."Based on where the squad cars happened to be at the time of the call, which Champaign patrol officers were the first ones there. ...  [Read more]

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 11:11pm  |
City giving main road a makeover

DANVILLE- A makeover to a street in Vermilion County could mean big business.       The plan is to bring restaurants and coffee shops to East Main Street. There aren't many there now, and the city hopes they'll cater to workers at the VA and DACC.     However to make the busy road look its best - city planners are getting the public involved. There's a new website where people can share their ideas.  Kim Henson says, "You know this used to be a big boomin' town, back in the 70's and stuff with ya know a lot of plants and stuff like that and a bit parts from them and..."  [Read more]

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:32pm  |
'Miracle prom' for boy living on borrowed time

SPRINGFIELD - It is said life is too short. For one little boy in Springfield, that is all too true.Five-year-old Jordan Planitz has a rare illness known as MPPH Syndrome which causes his brain to grow faster than his skull, only eight other children have the disease and it is always fatal.In his short life, Jordan has learned how to captivate an audience.He's got the charisma of Elvis, and the smile of a movie star.Jordan’s mother Deanna Planitz said her son is never shy, and never boring."He's the life of the party, he keeps us busy, keeps me on my toes,” Deanna Planitz said.But Jordan's..."  [Read more]

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:20pm  |
A.C.T. Test Optional For Illinois Schools

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Thursday, July 31, 2014, 7:41pm  |
Third Suspect Charged In Fatal Shooting

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Thursday, July 31, 2014, 7:40pm  |
State Board of Education makes ACT test optional

Parents are upset after the Illinois Board of Education makes the ACT test optional. Now students will have to pay out of pocket to take the test on their own time. This is the first time in nearly fifteen years that school districts don't have to offer the testing. ...  [Read more]

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:47pm  |
Zoo welcomes new baby cub

DECATUR -- The Scovill Zoo welcomed a new member to the family Thursday. Red pandas, Clay and Kaydee, gave birth to a baby boy named Tusa. He's about five weeks old and one of only two cubs to survive. He's the first red panda to be born at the zoo. Red pandas are indigenous to Southeast Asia. The zoo hopes to try for another baby next year.  [Read more]

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:23pm  |
New food feature at State Fair

SPRINGFIELD -- Before heading back to school, families can enjoy time at the State Fair. Something new this year is the Golden Abe Fantastic Fair Food Contest. Local restauranteurs will judge the food based on creativity and taste on opening day which is August 7. An overall winner will be chosen as "Abe's Choice." Any food vendor at the fair can participate.  [Read more]

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:18pm  |
Street safety improvements benefit students

CHAMPAIGN -- Walking to and from Stratton Elementary School should be a little safer this year. A sidewalk project began Thursday. The crossing at Neil and Eureka is being changed to include a raised median. Students or staff members can stand there if they're caught by traffic while crossing the street. A federal grant is paying for the work; about $185,000.  [Read more]

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:16pm  |
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