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On the Farm: Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy

University of IL Extension: The Pointsetta Pages

Illinois Council on Best Management Practices

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Illinois Unofficial Election Results

Pick-Your-own Christmas Tree

Verify Licensed Illinois Child Care Providers

Stroke Awareness


1 College Dr, East Peoria, IL 61635

(309) 694-5422

9 AM - 11 AM

National M.S. Society

U of I Student and Police Forum
Forum highlights from University of Illinois, Champaign and Urbana police departments.

Life Steps Program

Lifeline Connect ---
Click link below for more information about Lifeline Connect; a Christian based drug and alcohol treatment center in Urbana.  

Urbana PD TASER Use Policy

FAMILY 411: Job Search Resources

Energy Saving & Home Heating Tips

Champaign Humane Society
Visit CU Humane Society's website to see what animals are up for adoption!

Cast your vote for Logan County Farmer, Thomas Titus, to become the Face of Farming & Ranching

Aternative Routes To Shopping Districts North of I-74

American Red Cross First Aid App

Where's the Money Coming From? Ouside Funding for Politicians

Champaign 6pm-8pm

Urbana 6pm-8pm

Danville 5pm-8pm

ALS Association
Fundraising/Researching ALS Association

FAMILY 411: Workouts for Women with Breast Cancer

Halloween Safety Tips
Tips for how kids can stay safe Trick or Treating.

Illinois Farm Families: Tour Our Farms

Early Voting Locations -- Champaign County
Eight early voter locations in Champaign County. 

"Souls To The Polls" Participating Churches
NAACP "Souls To The Polls" Churches

1. Jericho M.B. Church

2. Pilgrim M.B. Church

3. Macedonia M.B. Church

4. Canaan M.B. Church

5. Mt. Olive Baptist Church

6. Salem M.B. Church

7. Center of Hope Deliverance Church

8. Glory Center International

9. Bethel A.M.E Church

10. New Foundation M.B. Church

11. Morning Star Freewill Baptist Church

Coach Wayne McClain Foundation
More information here on foundation established in honor of Coach Wayne McClain 1954-2014

Champaign County Assessor's Office -- Home Property Value

Unit 4 Referendum Financial Impact --
Finding the Assessed Value of your home depends on its Estimated Cash Value andthe number of exemptions your property can take.
(instructions from Unit 4):

1. Find what the Assessor believes your homes Estimated FairCash Value or Assessed Value is by clicking on the following link: and enteryour address.
2. Find your propertys Taxing Value (Includes exemptions andequalization factors)
3. Multiply the Taxing Value by 0.0051 (the anticipatedincrease to the Districts existing tax rate). This increase in the tax rate isanticipated based on the School Districts current total property value.
4. This number would reflect the anticipated annual increasein your property tax bill

Early Voting Schedule: Champaign County

Tickets for Armory 100 Years of Service Celebration

The price of the luncheon will include a buffet style luncheon, a beverage, and dessert.  There is also an option to "Sponsor an ROTC Cadet or Midshipman."  If you would like to assist with the purchase of ROTC cadet tickets, please select the service ROTC and enter a name for who you would like to purchase the ticket(s) (i.e. Army ROTC - 10 ea., MILS 100/MS1 Students as the name).


Menu: Roast Sirloin of Beef Jardiniere, Baked Chicken with Mushroom Sauce, Vegetable Lasagna, Rosmary Roasted Potatoes, California Blend Vegetables, Green Beans Amandine, Garden Salad, Cucumber Salad, and Broccoli Salad

Ebola Virus Information

Champaign County Clerk's Office -- Voter/Ballot Information
Early voting:
Monday, October 20, 2014 through Sunday, November 2, 2014

General Election: November 4, 2014

Yordy Turkey Farm National Website
National website for private health insurance premiums through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Get Covered Illinois Website
ObamaCare coverage information for Illinois residents.

Vermilion County Health Dept. Flu Shot Clinic
The Vermilion County Health Department will offer adult seasonal flu shots at 200 South College Street as shown below:

October 7       (Tues)    7:30 - 3:30
October 9       (Thur)    8:30 -  6:30
October 10     (Fri)    8:30 -  3:30
October 15     (Wed)    8:30 -  3:30
October 16     (Thur)    3:00 -  6:30
October 20     (Mon)    1:00 - 4:00
October 23     (Thur)    3:00 - 6:30
October 24     (Fri)         8:30 - 3:30
October 27     (Mon)    8:30 - 3:30
October 29     (Wed)    8:30 - 3:30
October 31     (Fri)    8:30 - 3:30
November 3   (Mon)       8:30 - 11:00

Champaign Yard Waste Program

Voter Registration

Fall 2014 Yard Waste Collection-Champaign County

Jefferies Orchard

Jefferies Orchard is located just north of Springfield, Illinois. It was settled in 1822 on ground that is still farmed by the Jefferies family.

September brings apple time: Red and Yellow Delicious, Russet and Empire. Award winning cider and wagonloads of fall decorating items including pumpkins, Indian corn and winter squash usually last until Thanksgiving.

Dealing with College Stress and Anxiety

Pink Heals Organization

Danville, Other Cities Fail Transparency Audit
Source: Illinois Policy Institute

Shop Illinois Saturday

Life Steps Program

Military Friendly Schools

Jimmy John's Data Breach

Family 411: Everything But The House

Highway Rankings

Ovarian Cancer Awareness's "Fair Tax" Survey

Kristin's Pumpkin Patch

CU Public Health Department Food Establishment Inspections

Includes food inspection reports for all retail food establishments in Champaign County, excluding the University of Illinois.

Safety Tips for the Farm

VA Illiana Health Care System Town Hall Meeting

VA Illiana Health Care System to Hold Town Hall Meeting with

Local Veterans

What: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS) is hosting a town hall for Veterans, family members and the public to provide feedback on VAIHCS operations and recommendations for VA programs.

Who: VA Illiana Health Care System Director Japhet Rivera and VA representatives

When: Friday, September 19 / 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Where: VA Illiana Veterans Chapel (Building 49)

1900 East Main Street, Danville, IL 61832


The town hall is one of many VA is holding around the country. The meetings are intended to provide local Veterans a wide-open forum and for VA officials to hear directly from beneficiaries as a step toward improvement and to rebuild trust among Veterans.

The meeting is open to the public and the media, and VA is inviting Congressional stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and other community partners.


Champaign Fire Chief Search

The City of Champaign has selected four (4) finalists to be interviewed for the position of Fire Chief. The four (4) finalists will be interviewed September 17-18, 2014.

The finalists are:

Gary Ludwig, Managing Director of the Ludwig Group, LLC, a 37-year veteran of the fire service, and former Deputy Fire Chief for the Memphis, Tennessee, Fire Department. Ludwig has a Master's Degree in Business and Management from National-Lewis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kensington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Douglas Recktenwald, Executive Assistant Fire Chief and 21-year veteran of the Louisville Division of Fire in Louisville, Kentucky. Recktenwald has a Bachelor's Degree in Fire & Safety Engineering Technology from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, and an Associate's Degree in Fire Science from Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, Kentucky.

Peter Stehman, former Fire Chief for the Collinsville, Illinois, Fire Department, a 23-year veteran, has a Master's Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor's Degree in Communication both from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois, and an Associate's Degree in Fire Science from Belleville Area College in Belleville, Illinois. He is currently enrolled in the Chief Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy.

Mark Wallace, consultant/sole proprietor for Fireeagle Consulting and former State Fire Marshal for the State of Oregon and Fire Chief for the City of McKinney, Texas, Fire Department, a 45-year veteran. Wallace has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Regis College both in Denver, Colorado, and an Associate's Degree in Fire Science Technology from Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado. Mr. Wallace is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy and holds Chief Fire Officer Designation.

FAMILY 411: Helping with Homework

Here are some links for some helpful homework sites:

Champaign County Democrats

Champaign County Republicans

Protect the Pecs

Domestic Violence Victim Services
Clicking the above title will take you to the victim services page with the Illinois Department of Human Services.

You can also visit the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence website by clicking here.

Make A Wish Walk and Run for Wishes

Ford County Flu Clinics

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Learn more about Multiple Sclerosis, an immune disease that attacks the body's central nervous system. Currently, the cause is unknown.

"Make Real Change" Meters -- End Panhandling in Champaign
This program aims to bring awareness to the issue of aggressive panhandling in the Downtown and Campustown districts as well as provide donation points enabling the public to redirect their giving.  The collaboration between the Champaign Center Partnership and Community Elements allows donations given to the meters to assist in funding vital social services targeted at homelessness, primarily the TIMES Center in Downtown Champaign.

Dairy Farm Risk Program Enrollment

Stand Up To Coal -- Sunrise Coal Mine in Vermilion County
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
     Sunrise Coal Application --

Contact the City of Decatur about the Noise Ordinance

Dist. 118 Superintendent Search

Community Members:
North Ridge Middle School Cafetorium
September 9, 2014 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. District No. 118

Staff Members:
North Ridge Middle School Cafetorium
September 10, 2014 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival

Medical Cannabis Application and Qualifications

Qualifying Debilitating Medical Conditions

What debilitating medical conditions make a patient eligible for the program?

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Agitation of Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrom
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Crohn's disease
  • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Fibromyalgia (severe)
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy (Starting January 1, 2015)
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease, including, but not limited to, arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • Tourettes syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

FAMILY 411: Teen Fashion

DNR "For Over 75" Refund

Dove Inc. - Macon Co. Domestic Violence

If you are in danger, please:

Call 911

Call Dove - 217-423-2238

or call

The National Domestic Violence Hotline - (800) 799-SAFE

CU Canteen Run

Applying for a Medical Marijuana ID

MTD Solar Array "Solar Dashboard"
Information on CUMTD's Solar Array

Stroke "F.A.S.T." Method
Learn how to spot the signs of a stroke.

Restaurant Inspections

Illinois Cooling Centers

Farmers Markets: Rules, Regulations and Reforms - Webinar on current and future farmers market regulations

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival Parking

GOLDEN HAMMER: Food Stamps Sold Online

Community College Week's Rankings
Lake Land College makes the ranks on a national list.

Grief Resources

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Listeria Outbreak

First Christian Church Tiny House Project -- Gibson City
First Christian Church is building a tiny house to raise money for "Week of Compassion," a fund that helps refugees worldwide.

Week of Compassion site:

NAACP Champaign County // Ferguson, MO Trip
NAACP President: Patricia Avery

Group leaving at 8 a.m. Sunday, 8/17 for a 3 p.m. rally at Greater Grace Church in St. Louis, MO.
Contact Avery for more information.

Steve Salaita Twitter Account
Professors from universities across the country are boycotting the University of Illinois after the university decided not to hire professor Steve Salaita. The academics supporting the boycott say the university refused to hire the professor in question because of controversial statements he made on twitter about the conflict in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinians.

Consumer Fraud, Identity Theft Help

Taste of C-U

Avoiding the 'Back to School Plague'

Junior Livestock Judging Schedule

Agronomy Day

Move In/Out Recycling Event

Illinois EPA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
Each one-day collection is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the specified Saturday:
    September 6, 2014    Salem, 32 Salem Business Center South, Marion County
    September 20, 2014     Cambridge, County Fairgrounds, 311 East North Street, Henry County
    September 27, 2014    Monticello, 904 Allerton Road, Piatt County
    October 4, 2014        Lombard, Village of Lombard Public Works,
1051 South Hammerschmidt Avenue, DuPage County
    October 11, 2014    Lincoln, County Fairgrounds, 1408 Short 11th Street, Logan County
    October 18, 2014    Oregon, 421 West Pines Road, Ogle County

Cancer Research at Carle

C-U Ranks No. 13 Best College Towns

"College Completion 101" to Help Busy Adults Finish Degrees

Illinois Losing People, and Revenue, to Other States
The Illinois Policy Institute conducted a 16-year study to determine where exactly Illinois is losing residents, and why.

GOLDEN HAMMER: Pork in Defense Spending Bill

Illinois State Fair

Absentee Voting in Champaign County

Registered voters can request to vote by mail by visiting and filling out the secure online request form, by calling the County Clerks office at 217-384-3724 or by emailing  Ballot requests will be fulfilled beginning September 25, 2014, as required by statute.

Champaign Tomorrow: Comprehensive Growth Plan
Link to the city's 2011 award-winning development plan

U of I Emergency Script
A short safety script University officials are asking professors to read on the 1st day of classes.

Free Classes For Military Families Of Vets With Mental Health Conditions

National Night Out - Champaign Schedule of Events
Several Champaign neighborhood associations are hosting block parties on Tuesday, August 5 to coincide with National Night Out. Below is the schedule of events:

Beardsley Park Neighborhood, 5-8 PM
Draper/Healey Streets, 6-8 PM
Town Center Apartments Neighborhood Association, 4-8 PM
Metanoia Center, 4:30-6:30 PM
North 1st Street Association, 4:30-6 PM
Garden Hills Park, 5-7:30 PM
Union & Elm Streets, 5-8 PM
Douglass Park, 512 E. Grove St., Champaign Park Districts Sounds at Sunset, 6-8PM (Entertainment by Candy Foster)

Illinois Historic Sites
Illinois Historic Sites
   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says it will have to reduce its operating hours at 13 historic sites after Labor Day because its budget was cut was 19 percent. The affected sites:
   -- Apple River Fort (Elizabeth), open Thursday-Sunday instead of five days a week.
   -- Bishop Hill, open Thursday through Sunday instead of five days a week (starting Oct. 1).
   -- Dana-Thomas House (Springfield), open Thursday through Sunday instead of five days a week.
   -- David Davis Mansion (Bloomington), open Wednesday through Saturday instead of five days a week.
   -- Cahokia Mounds (Collinsville), open Wednesday through Sunday instead of six days a week.
   -- Fort de Chartres (Prairie du Rocher), open Thursday-Sunday instead of five days a week.
   -- Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices (Springfield), closing for renovation.
   -- Lincoln Log Cabin (Lerna), open Thursday through Sunday instead of five days a week (starting Oct. 1).
   -- Lincoln's New Salem (Petersburg), open Wednesday through Sunday instead of five days a week.
   -- Lincoln Tomb (Springfield), open Wednesday through Saturday instead of five days a week.
   -- Old State Capitol (Springfield), open Wednesday through Saturday instead of five days a week.
   -- Vachel Lindsay Home (Springfield), open afternoons only Thursday through Saturday, instead of five full days a week.
   -- Vandalia Statehouse (Vandalia), open Wednesday through Saturday instead of five days a week (starts Nov. 1).

Nation's Top Party Schools

St. Patrick's Youth Orchestra

Run4Raley -- Mitochondrial Research
From: Run4Raley

"Run4Raley is dedicated to Raley Lynn Kirby, who was born with a mitochondrial disorder that ended up taking her life. She was a day shy of being 7 weeks old, much too young to have to endure what she did.

All proceeds from Run4Raley are donated to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation in memory of Raley."

GOLDEN HAMMER: Railroad Fake Claims

Logan County Fair

IRS SCANDAL: Lois Lerner Emails

High Flying Help

GRAIN ANALYSIS LINK:   Learn more here <>.

Illinois Dept on Aging Hall of Fame Nomination Forms

Foster Care Guidelines

Rate Your Risk


Champaign Red Cross
Call the Red Cross to learn how you can help the family of five who lost their home to a fire Sunday (7/27) afternoon.

Christian County Agricultural Fair

Champaign Center Partnership Bud Light Summer Stage

The Washington Times

Miss Possible Educational Dolls
Click for information on how you can donate to help create the Miss Possible educational dolls. More information about the project can be found at

Illinois Immunization Requirements

Champaign County Fair Schedule

Warning Signs of Diabetic Shock

On the Farm - July 23rd- Reaching your legislators - Illinois Field & Bean
How to reach your legislators:
Feb 2014 Illinois Field and Bean Magazine:

How to Donate to Crosswinds Equine Rescue
After a devastating fire destroyed a barn, causing more than $25,000 in damage, Crosswinds Equine Rescue has set up donation pages to help with the recovery effort. More information about the non-profit organization can be found on their facebook page:

Showcase Farm Tour webpage
Showcase Farm Tour webpage

GOLDEN HAMMER: Construction Woes in Afghanistan

Champaign County Fair
Information on the 2014 Champaign County Fair.

Links to FAQs, schedule of events, and concerts.

Champaign Urbana Fiber Optic Service


Identification of weed species:

Waterhemp or Palmer Amaranth:

Palmer Amaranth ID Form:

Fight to Protect Mahomet Aquifer from Clinton Landfill Pollution

Golden Hammer: One Year Later

Holzwarth Flying Service

Holzwarth Flying Service offers agricultural aerial application services [crop dusting] to crop protection companies and growers in Illinois and eastern Iowa.

LIVE STREAM: Watch the Corpse Flower at EIU Bloom

Campus Sexual Assault Survey

Unwanted Agrichemical Collection

UIUC/Parkland Veterans Group
Contact: Eric Swenson -- Iraq Veteran, University of Illinois

Willie Craft Sentencing Courtroom Photos

Jobs for Veterans Programs

Freedom of the Press Rankings

Tips to Lower Skin Cancer Risk

Danville Humane Society

Champaign-Urbana Fireworks Parking Map
Parking map for July 4 evening program and fireworks display.

Suttils Garden

Illinois Firework Display

4th of July Weekend Fireworks

Date: July 3, 2014 at Dusk

Where: Lodge Park
Garfield Ave
in Monticello, Illinois61856
Find more fireworks displays in Piatt County


Date: July 4, 2014 at 9:15pm

Where: University of Illinois parking lot E14 (just west of Assembly Hall)
1800 S 1st St
in Champaign, Illinois61820
Find more fireworks displays in Champaign County


Date: July 4, 2014 at Dusk

Where: Nelson Park
200 Nelson Blvd
in Decatur, Illinois62521
Find more fireworks displays in Macon County


Date: July 4, 2014 at Dusk

Where: Coles County Airport
432 Airport Road
in Charleston, Illinois61938
Find more fireworks displays in Coles County


Date: July 5, 2014 at Dusk

Where: Ervin Park
Main and North Line Rd
in Tuscola, Illinois61953
Find more fireworks displays in Douglas County



Working Mother Apps

VA Whistleblowers Alledge Retaliation

Gifford Community Celebration

Busy Weekend Ahead!

Vermilion County Fair

Champaign Police are looking for 5 black males in connection with a fatal Tuesday evening shooting in the 1500 block of Hedge Road. Descriptions are as follows:

1)     Black male wearing a white shirt

     Black male, 18 years-old, last seen wearing a cut-offjean jacket with no sleeves and blue jeans.

3)     Black male, 30 years-old, 5 11, 145 lbs.

4)     Black male, 18 years-old, 510, 160 lbs.

5)     Black male, 37 years-old, 5 6, 305 lbs.

"Fresh Press" // Agri-Fiber Paper Making Lab at the University of Illinois
The lab uses crop waste, or post-harvest, materials to make eco-friendly paper.

Riding With A Reason // 147 Million Orphans
Three students are riding across country to raise $50,000 to build a school in Honduras.

Grierson Days

Golden Hammer: FEMA report

Breast Milk Depot
Find more information here about donating breast milk through the Indiana Mothers Milk Bank!

Register to Vote Online

Northside Sandlot Baseball facebook
Facebook page for Northside Sandlot Baseball club. Like and Message to find out how to help or donate to program.

Free Summer Meals Program
Sites for free summer meals for children 18 and under (adults can join in for a $2 fee) Monday through Friday:

CHARLESTON -- North Park:  11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

ASHMORE -- Village Park:  1-1:30 p.m.

            Fruit Basket: 11 a.m.
            Charleston Avenue:  11:30 a.m.
            West Park: Noon
            Lakeland Mobile Estates:  12:30 p.m.
            Old State Mobile Homes:  1 p.m.
            Sunrise Apartments:  1:30 p.m.
            East Rudy:  2 p.m.
           17th Street Apartments:  2:30 p.m.

For information about the Summer Meals Program or any of EIU's volunteer efforts, call the Office of Student Community Service at 581-3967.

Air Race Classic Live Tracker
Website to track in real time, the 48 pilots racing across the country.

Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips:

Close all blinds in the house to block out the sun.

Don't use your dryer because it lets out cold air and brings in hot air.

Use fans to circulate air.


Tips for the Elderly to stay safe during the heat
Information from the CDC about how to prevent heat stroke or exhaustion, tips for elderly and neighbors to help keep everyone safe.

University of Illinois Summer Camps
Information on University of Illinois sports summer camps.

FAMILY 411: National Fatherhood Initiative

Champaign County Search and Rescue Team
From Sheriff's Office Website:

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh and Champaign County Emergency Management Agency have joined their respective agencies together to establish a county-wide Search and Rescue Team.  The end goal is to train teams of volunteers to be at the ready to perform search and rescue of persons, assist in the recovery of bodies, assist Law Enforcement with evidence recovery, support disaster area operations and promote safety.

If you have questions, want to volunteer as a member or have resources that could be utilized please send an email to

25 Best Community Colleges in Illinois

GOLDEN HAMMER: Unused Boats Sitting in Warehouse

ALICE Safety Training

Bear Sightings in Northern Illinois

Johnson Flight Academy Website
Website for the Johnson Flight Academy. Information for upcoming classes and events.

Council for Economic Education

YMCA Summer Camps

Forestry Workshop
FORESTRY WORKSHOP - June 28th, 2014

To register call: 217-877-5670 ext. 3


Movoto: Top Ten Most Exciting Cities in Illinois

Golden Hammer: Coin Collecting

Foods that are dangerous for your dog

Website for new U of I President

Parents Guide to Bullying
A full list of signs and other resources for parents on how to handle the topic of bullying with your kids.

Soybean Conservation Contest
Soybean Conservation Contest:

Salaries and Bonuses for VA Employees

DACC College for Kids





Chautauqua Auditorium - Shelbyville

Fiber Optic Internet Service

UC2B has sought to expand it's Fiber Optic Broadband Service since 20-12. At a news conference Thursday, they announced a partnership with ITB3.
(217) 431-3453


Champaign County Humane Society

United Way of Champaign County -- 53 Programs Funding
Funding begins July 1, 2014.

Illinois Job Link
Illinois Job Board Web Site

How Far Would Your Money Go?
Compare your city to 356 others throughout the country.

Edgar's Coffee House-Chatham

Donations for Gracie
Donate here:

or here:

For more information about upcoming fundraisers go here:

Troubled VA Facilities Bonuses

Unit 4 Summer Meals Program Locations and Hours

Washington Times: Federal Contract Wages

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Dept of Transportation Proposes Airline Disclosure Fees
A new law will now require students to learn how to conduct CPR and how to operate a defibrillator. The measure has passed the legislature and is awaiting Governor Quinn's signature.

Summer Travel Tips
BackBid (Web):

TravelZoo (Web/App):

HotelTonight (App):

Ramp Closures and Detour Information for I57/74 Interchange
Marked detours will take drivers to Curtis Road or Market Street.

May 20: I-74 westbound ramp to I-57 southbound closed.
May 21: I-74 eastbound ramp to I-57 southbound closed.
May 22: I-74 westbound ramp to I-57 northbound closed.
May 27: I-57 southbound ramp to I-74 eastbound closed.
May 28: I-57 southbound ramp to I-74 westbound closed.
May 29: I-57 northbound ramp to I-74 eastbound closed.
June 2: I-57 northbound ramp to I-74 westbound closed.
June 4: I-74 eastbound ramp to I-57 northbound closed.

Ground Beef Recall
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- Morgan's Meat Market, a Mattoon, Ill., establishment, has recalled approximately 216 pounds of uninspected ground beef products.  Under state and federal regulations, meat products produced without the benefit of inspection are considered unfit for human consumption and are required to be recalled.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) discovered the potential health hazard during an investigation that is ongoing.  Meat and Poultry inspectors also determined the products included in the recall were not produced using mandatory HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) plans, a systematic, preventive approach to food safety that seeks to eliminate risks from biological, chemical and physical hazards in production processes.
IDOA has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned they may have contracted a food-borne illness should contact their health care provider.
Products subject to the recall were sold at one retail location in Effingham, Ill.  They bear the establishment number "EST. 516" inside the Illinois Mark of Inspection and the following package information:
       2 lb. containers labeled "Ground Beef" with production dates of DEC 02 2013 and DEC 31 2013
       2lb. plastic bags  labeled "Smokey's Bacon & Cheddar Fluffy Burgers" with production dates of DEC 02 2013; DEC 31 2013; FEB 18 2014; MAR 31 2014; APR 01 2014 and APR 28 2014 
       2 lb. plastic bags labeled "Swiss & Mushroom Fluffy Burger" dated APR 28 2014
       2lb. plastic bags labeled "Black and Blue Fluffy Burger" dated APR 28 2014
       2 lb. plastic bags labeled "Jalapeno Fluffy Burger" dated MAR 31 2014, and APR 28 2014
       2 lb. plastic bags labeled "Hawaiian Fluffy Burger " dated MAR 31 2014 and APR 28 2014
       2 lb. plastic bags labeled "Chili Cheese Fluffy Burgers" dated FEB 18 2014; APR 01 2014; and APR 28 2014.
IDOA routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that recalled product is no longer available to consumers.
Consumers and reporters who have questions about the recall can contact the plant's representative, Charles Morgan, at (217) 234 4949.

Petition For Manufacturers To Install Extinguishers, Window Hammers & Seatbelt Cutters in New Cars

Donate Time, Money to Help Baby Aris' Family
Checks or money orders payable to the Children's Organ Transplant Association, with "In Honor of Aris P" written in the memo line of the check, can be mailed to COTA at 2501 W. COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403.

Teen Poetry Summer Camp

It runs for three weeks in July. It costs $100 to $120. Kids will perform at the end of camp. There are two sessions at the same time in the same location. One is for 7th through 9th grades; the other is for 10th through 12th grade students. E-mailing is the best way to get additional information.

Celebrity Fundraiser -- Summer Youth Employment Program
Merry Ann's Diner
Monday (5/19): Downtown Champaign location from 6am-2pm
1 E. Main Street

Tuesday (5/20): Neil Street location from 6am-2pm
1510 S. Neil

100% proceeds donated to the Champaign Unit 4 Summer Youth Employment Program

Contact: Lucenda Barnes, 217.419.1918

Clayville Historical Site

Washington Times: Pentagon Sole Source Contracting

Technology & Agriculture

Illinois Bicentennial Celebration

A list of counties/state's where Text-To-911 is up and running.

Iconic B-17 Bomber Offering Rides This Weekend
Information regarding the EAA's B-17 Bomber rides this weekend from Willard Airport. Ticket, prices and times are listed.

Alexandria James' "Natila" Book Series
Alexandria James is a 15 year old from Champaign with Autism.
She has written 11 books as part of "Natila" series and also writes screenplays.

She sells her books online and also at Urbana's Market at the Square from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays.

C-U Bike to Work Day
Information on the 2014 Champaign-Urbana Bike to Work Day event. We have information on how to register, and station locations throughout the area.

Mahomet Aquifer Meetings

The EPA has announced a proposed decision to approve a petition asking that the Mahomet Aquifer System in east-central Illinois be designated as a sole source aquifer. The Safe Drinking Water Act gives EPA the authority to designate an aquifer as a sole or principal source of drinking water for a specified area. That designation allows EPA to review all federally funded projects in the area to ensure they will not contaminate the aquifer.

Website for "His Kid's Closet" in Champaign - looking for volunteers ASAP! Click the link to find out more.

For more Info on H.R. 2959

Head Injury Drug National Study
Dallas/Fort Worth Center for Resuscitation Research        
The Milwaukee Resuscitation Research Center        

 British Columbia RCC      
Oregon Health & Sciences University - Portland Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium        

 Seattle-King County Center for Resuscitation Research at the University of Washington            

 Alabama Resuscitation Center            

 Rescu and Toronto Regional RescuNet   
 University of Cincinnati Medical Center      
 Houston Clinical Coordinating Center              

Newborn Screening Reports

Signs your Kid May be Entitled

Facebook for "His Kid's Closet"

Carle Hospital Food Allergy Education Program
Call Carle Pediatrics at (217) 255-9700 for more information.

U of I Students Arrested in Fraternity Drug Raid
7 U of I students arrested on drug charges. More than 400 doses of cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, and more were seized. The following people were arrested:

Matthew J. Daum, 22,of Champaign, for possession of drug paraphernalia
Robert C. Hughes, 22, ofChampaign, for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drugparaphernalia
Lukas Korte, 21, of Champaign, for possession of a controlledsubstance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis
JamesP. Spotanski, 22, of Champaign, for possession of a controlled substance withintent to deliver
Michael J. Varel, 22, of Champaign, for possession of drugparaphernalia
Matthew J. Voss, 22, of Champaign, for possession of acontrolled substance with intent to deliver
Michael R. Genovese, 20, ofChampaign, was arrested at the fraternity house for possession of acontrolled substance with intent to deliver.

Volunteer at the Macon County Fair

Agricultural Chemical Pick-up

Eastern Illinois Food Bank Senior Initiative
Learn more information here about the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.

Airports losing Service

Emergency Family Shelter Program -- Champaign County
To make a referral or inquire about openings for the Emergency Family Shelter program please call, 217-819-4117.

To inquire about donating to the Emergency Family Shelter Program contact:
United Way of Champaign County -- 217-352-5151

Presence United Samaritans: How to Give

Rantoul High School "Survivor" -- Gifford Relief
Donate cash or check to: Rantoul Township High School
Checks (write): "Senior Survivor" in Memo

Teacher Contact: Ms. Alyssa Greenwald -- 892.6028;
Rantoul Principal: Mr. Todd Wilson -- 892-6160;

Security grant money given out to schools in Illinois, breakdown.

Mazzie Cox Funeral/Family Fund
Monetary donations can be accepted at any First Midwest Bank.
To the : Joseph Cox In Memory of Mazzie Cox and Family Fund

Mazzie's Funeral: Monday 1-2p at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home on Vermilion St.

For other donations such as food and clothing-- contact
Pam Plecker -- 217.597.9305

Golden Hammer: Job Corps

Mahomet Aquifer Working Group

Champaign County Real Estate Taxes

Boys & Girls Club of Danville Lunch Program
Boys & Girls Club of Danville
850 North Griffin Street
Danville, Il 61832

Debate Continues over Vaccinations
Age of Autism:

Danville Dans Looking for Host Families

Learn more about local High School graduation rates here.

Tools Track Kids' Phone Use
With so many teens and kids armed with smartphones, parents can often feel out of the loop and maybe even nervous about how their kids are using those devices.

There are now more ways than ever before for parents to keep tabs.

We asked the folks at Verizon to break down the best options.

Lawrence Ross said, "With Family Base you can see who your children are talking to, when they're talking to them."

At $5 a month, Family Base gives you alerts and email updates on exactly how your kids are using their phones.

"You can see exactly what they're using," said Ross. "So what apps are they using, what websites are they visiting. You can have your conversation later if it's something not appropriate."

If you're worried about where your child is going, you can track them for $10 a month with Family Locator, another Verizon service.

"This is really great if you're at work and you want to make sure your kids got home from school safe."

Even if you don't have Verizon, you can still get apps to help monitor your child. The Canary app will tell you if your child is driving or a passenger in a speeding car

"You can find out if your child is text messaging, talking on the phone, or using social media while they're in a moving vehicle," Ross said. "You get that alert immediately, so you can contact them immediately to stop that behavior."

Your teen can install the Safely Go app. Push the button before getting behind the wheel to disable the phone. You can make exceptions for things like navigation or calls from your parents.

Ross said, "Anyone who tries to call them or sends them a message, they're going to get a response that says 'I'm driving.'"

And for your younger kids, download the Kids Place app before handing over your phone to your little one. This will ensure your child doesn't make a purchase or email your boss.

"You pick which apps they're allowed on to play, and they can't do anything but play those games," said Ross.

So many ways to monitor and track your children might seem excessive. But Ross says parental involvement is key with so much technology at kids' fingertips.

"Smartphones and these tools are here to stay," he said. "And we need to make sure our kids are learning to use them appropriately."

U of I RAD Self-Defense Course & More Information
University Police offer classes for Women, Men and Children.

If you've been a victim of sexual assault -- you can contact University Police OR the following:

U of I Women's Resource Center -- 217.333.3137
703 South Wright Street, 2nd Floor
Champaign, IL  61820


R.A.C.E.S.-- Rape, Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services
217.384.4444 -- 24 hour hotline

Link to Champaign County Emergency Management Agency's twitter

Link to Champaign County Emergency Management Agency

Help for Alcohol Problems

Air Quality Awareness

Champaign Unit 4 New Central Location Information

Village Raising Money for Willow Long Memorial Park
Community members in the Village of Watson are building a park as a memorial for 7-year-old Willow Long, who died in September 2013. To donate to the Willow Park Fund, send donations to the following.

Fifth Third Bank
Attn:  Willow Park Fund
200 E Jefferson Ave
Effingham IL  62401

Golden Hammer: VA waste

Clergy List for Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies

Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccinations

C-U Autism Network 6th Annual Autism Walk

April 27

Hessel Park

1401 Grandview Drive, Champaign

Check-in & registration at 11:30

Earth-Kind Rose Program and Rose Pruning Workshop

Come on out to the Garden and have a hands-on experience in our Rose Garden. Starting at 9am come and receive wonderful information from Consulting Rosarian, Dan Keil, in the Garden Exhibit Hall and then the workshop will give guidance on rose pruning and maintenance. Workshop hours: 9 to 11:30am

Run or Dye Cancellation Policy

This link shows the traffic beltway for the 2014 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.  

PSA Made by Villa Grove Students Wins Statewide Competition

Oral Allergy Syndrome

City of Champaign/Ameren Energy Incentives
Partnership between the City of Champaign & Ameren Illinois to make homes more energy efficient. Gives homeowners a free Ameren audit to see whether they qualify for further project incentives.

Call Ameren to sign up: 866.838.6918

IRS Targeting Scandal: Congress members' emails

Preliminary study looks for vulnerability in insects through RNAi
Preliminary study looks for vulnerability in insects through RNAi

Is the Afghan Government Ready to Lead?

Congo Adoption Petition

2014 Illinois Marathon Info
Information on schedule of events for 2014 Illinois Marathon.

Failed Tax Reform Efforts

CASA Pinwheels
Court-Appointed Services for Children in Champaign County

More than 2,000 Pinwheels have been placed around the county in honor of children who've been abused or neglected.

Boneyard Arts Festival Schedule and Information
Schedule, venues, and additional information for the 12th annual Boneyard Arts Festival, running through Sunday, April 13 and held at numerous locations throughout Champaign County.

GOLDEN HAMMER: Overpaying for Humvee Parts

Paul Tree Farms

Top Tax Flops: Taxpayer Protection Alliance

Color Burst 5K Fun Run Northeast Magnet School

The 50 Safest Cities in Illinois: Charleston #22, Monticello #17


Vermilion County Animal Shelter

Most Compact Cities Study
The anti-sprawl group Smart Growth America's 2014 study of urban sprawl. Champaign-Urbana and Springfield rank in Top 10 of "Most Compact, Connected Metro Areas."

Mental Health Resources
VA's PTSD center :

Crisis Line :


R.A.C.E.S. -- Rape, Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services
R.A.C.E.S. is the community-based rape crisis center serving Champaign, Douglas, Ford and Piatt counties in East Central Ilinois.

24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline -- 217.384.4444

PrairiErth Farm

How Taxpayers Money is Being Spent

Washington Times: Benghazi Testimony

Organ and Tissue Donor Registry
To register to become an Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor, click on this link and fill out the form online. You can also call 1-800-210-2106 to join the registry.

Healthcare Enrollment Help
Champaign County Health Care Consumers

PACE, Inc.

Frances Nelson Health Center

Champaign Regional Planning Commission

C-U Public Health Department

Affordable Care Act Fee Exemptions



AUGUST 15 - 22ND

Waiting for Ashlynn Marie: Benefit to Help the Peacock Family
A benefit to help the family of a young infant with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH).
In Ashlynn, her intestines and stomach are pushing her heart out of place.


FDA Recommends New HPV Test
The Food and Drug Administration approved the Roche "Cobas" test as a replacement for the standard Pap Test. It detects H.P.V. DNA -- two types of which cause more than 70% of all cervical cancers.

Golden Hammer: Computers Left to Sit

Gifford Long-Term Recovery Website
The official website for Gifford's Long-Term Recovery. The site has information for volunteers, donors and anyone interested in assisting the town.

Alert Dog for Kayden

Kayden Wilhelm's family and friends are uniting to raise money to help her get a Diabetic Alert Dog.

"Ban Bossy" Campaign
A partnership between Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and Girl Scouts of USA -- "Ban Bossy" encourages girls to lead. The campaign strives to eliminate the word "bossy" to build the confidence of young girls nationwide.

Golden Hammer: Drunk on the Taxpayers Dime

Get Covered Illinois

Lawmakers Flying First Class

Hypothalamic Obesity: Miscommunication Between Brain and Gut

Your Voice, Your Vote

Polling Place Locations:

Champaign County

Vermilion County

Piatt County

Ford County

Iroquois County

DeWitt County

Edgar County

"Suit & Tie in the 217" Central-Centennial Video & March Information
The Central and Centennial High School African-American Clubs released a joint video countering the negative images of young African-American males in the media. The students affirmed the following in a video highlighting the successes of young black males within the District:
We are not gangsters and thugs.
We are employees and volunteers.
We are scholars.
We are athletes.

Suit & Tie March -- Held in April (exact date: TBA)
   -- A rally from the Douglas Center to Mt. Olive Church, co-sponsored by the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, area churches and other East Central Illinois organizations
   -- Contact: James Fielder, 217.841.4209,

Champaign County Clerk

Early Voting Locations

Illinois Tax Filing Assistance

Hill Prairie Winery

Illinois State Board of Education District Financial Profile

District 118 Proposed Uniform Standard of Dress Rules

Tornado Recovery Workshops

CWSTornado Recovery Workshops in Gifford March 19, Brookport March 21

Recoveryfrom a disaster event requires a whole community approach, and Illinoistornado-battered Champaign and Massac counties are no exception.  Recovery also requires know-how, and that will be shared in two identical day-long workshops, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 19 in Gifford, Ill., and March 21 in Brookport, Ill.


Offered by Church World Service, the Disaster Recovery ToolsWorkshop is for community members who want to help disaster survivors rebuildtheir homes and lives: long-term recovery leadership, faith-based groups,religious leaders, other community leaders, social service organizations,disaster case managers, and other persons concerned about recovery. 

There is no cost to participants for the training, the lunch or materials.  The American Red Cross, Church World Service and CWS member denominations are funding the workshops.

Dates and locations:


Wednesday, March 19, 2014- St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 108 E. Church St., Gifford

Friday, March 21, 2014 -Brookport First Baptist Church, 700 Pell Rd., Brookport


Advance registration by noon March 14 is not required but is strongly recommended, so that organizer scan plan lunch and printed materials.  Persons may register for the session most convenient for them regardless of location.  Send an e-mail to, and be sure to provide the location of the workshop requested.




Brookport and Gifford each have about 1,000 residents.  Last Novembers tornado outbreak claimed four lives in Brookport.  It destroyed between 80 and 90 homes in each of the two towns, wiping out half of a mobile home park in Brookport. 


While it will focus on tornado recovery, the free workshop is open to anyone wanting to help following any disaster.  Organizers hope for participants from both Illinois and Kentucky.


The workshop gives an overview of how to form a long-term recovery group, disaster case management, volunteer management, construction management and emotional & spiritual care, with a focus on self-care of care givers.Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions and participate in interactive learning.  Presenters will be available to discuss lessons learned and best practices gathered from decades of experience in large and small disasters.


CWS trainers will be joined by presenters from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Lutheran Disaster Response, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and the Christian Church(Disciples of Christ). 

Cunningham Children's Home - Foster Parenting
Tammie Roedl
Associate Director of Foster Care

Cunningham Children's Home
130 N. Cunningham Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802

**Cunningham only assists families that live within 45 miles of Urbana, IL.**

"Curbanas" Open House - Urbana

Open House Information:

  • Thursday, March 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 14 from 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Curbanas are temporary extensions of the sidewalk which provide space for people to sit, eat and relax in Downtown Urbana.  Curbanas can make downtown activity more visible and provide space for outdoor performances.

Two proposed locations:

  • On Main Street in front of Cafeteria & Co.
  • On Main Street in front of Crane Alley
Kate Ferrer
217.384.2311 -

Vermilion County Diaper Bank
Frank Brunacci, President/CEO of Worksource Enterprises, says anyone can drop off diapers at any time.

Worksource Enterprises
3715 N. Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832

IRS Sample Questions

GOLDEN HAMMER: Expensive Trips by the Federal Government

"Be The Match" for Joe Heath's 2nd Birthday
Visit "Be The Match" to register to become a blood or bone marrow donor.

To donate in Joe's honor -- visit the website and enter the promo code "JosephHeath" (no spaces).

"Be The Match" will host additional blood drives at the University of Illinois on:

March 14 from 12-6pm at Allen Hall, the Illini Union and at Ikenberry Commons.

Ebert Sculpture Fundraiser

Illinois Dept. of Insurance on Stranger-Originated Life Insurance


Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        MARCH3, 2014








Nashville,TN " The inaugural Phases Of The Moon Music + Art Festival announces Phase IIof artists scheduled to perform at the September 11-14 event. The Phase IIlineup includes, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Railroad Earth, Vintage Trouble,Donavon Frankenreiter, Sam Bush Band, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, MartinSexton (two sets), Kung Fu, The California Honeydrops (two sets), Toubab Krewe,Poor Mans Whiskey (two sets), The Brothers Comatose, Cornmeal (two sets), TheSteepwater Band, Mingo Fishtrap, Futurebirds, Go Down Moses, Moon Hooch, TheDawn, Abnormous, Naked Rock Fight, The Harmaleighs, A Live One, Steady Flow,Flatland Harmony Experiment, Ernie Hendrickson Band, Kevin Bilchik, TheBrothers, Kasey Burton, Boat Drink Caucus (featuring actual state legislators)and TheMoonrise Gospel Brunch.


ThePhase II artists join an already impressive lineup that includes WidespreadPanic (two nights), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Govt Mule, Leon Russell, Galactic, RobertRandolph & The Family Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Jackie Greene, AndersOsborne, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat, Artist-In-ResidenceDavid Gans and many more. To view all artists scheduled to perform thus far, go to


PhasesOf The Moon is a four-day music, arts and camping event thoughtfully, curated toprovide a unique festival experience for all. Phases Of The Moon boasts fouroutdoor stages: two alternating main stages and two smaller stages. While musicremains the primary focus of Phases Of The Moon, the festivals emphasis on artcomes in as a close second. Works from renowned national and local artists willbe on display, featuring large interactive sculptures, live art, and a varietyof performance artists. Stay tuned for upcoming art announcements.


The Phases of the Moon Music + ArtFestival streaming radio station is now live. Phases Radio features music andnews of artists appearing at the Festival as


well as music from other artists lovedby the Phases Family. Phases Radio is accessible via a tab on all pages of thePhases website and is also available on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio app.Tune in now at:


ThePhases Of The Moon Music + Art Festival will take place September 11-14 at the3000 acre Kennekuk County Park outside Danville, IL. The beautiful setting boastsseveral miles of hiking trails, scenic ponds, streams, wide-open spaces, lushcanopies, a historic collection of turn-of-the-century buildings and the170-acre Lake Mingo. The park islocated within a short drive from a number of major metropolitan areas 2.5 hoursfrom Chicago, 1.5 hours from Indianapolis, less than 1 hour from Champaign, andabout 3.5 hours from St. Louis.


Discounted ticket & package informationfor Phases Of The Moon Music + Art Festival can be found HERE


Visit the festival website for moreinfo at


For press information about Phases Of The Moon Music + Art Festival,please contact Jim Flammia at All Eyes Media














Champaign Unit 4 Community Forums, School Tours and Registration
Community Forums, School Tours and Registration

Champaign Schools Marshall K. Berner Family Information Center
1103 N. Neil Street - Champaign IL 61820 - (217) 351-3701

For more information, you may contact the Family Information Center at (217) 351-3701
Champaign Schools will hold informational forums to discuss the
Schools of Choice registration process. The forums will also include
a Showcase of Schools. This will provide an opportunity for parents
and guardians to meet and talk with individual school staff members.

Monday, March 3, 2014 6:00 p.m. Stratton Elementary
902 N. Randolph Street " Champaign
(Parking is available on the north side of the building)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 and Thursday, February 27, 2014.

All elementary schools will offer tours at 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
on these days.

Jefferson " Monday, April 7, 2014; Edison " Thursday, April 10, 2014 and

Franklin " Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

All Middle School open houses are scheduled from 6:30 p.m. " 8:00 p.m.
Evening Open House/School Tours are on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 6:00 p.m-8:00 p.m.,at any of the twelve elementary schools. Families unable to attend a scheduled Open House should visit the Family Information Center for assistance with the Schools of Choice process.

*Children must be 5 on or
before September 1, 2014* & K-5 Magnet Schools (Garden Hills, Stratton and Washington) January 2, 2014 Through March 31, 2014

6th Grade Registration
Stratton & Washington

5th Grade Students
*5th graders attending their
cluster school do not need to
register at FIC.*
April 7-11, 2014

Elementary &
Middle School
Transfer Requests
For 1st - 8th Grade
May 1-30, 2014
Family Information Center
1103 N. Neil Street - Champaign

Gifford "Needs Assessment" & Town Meeting
Tornado Survivor Needs Assessment - For Northern Champaign & Vermillion Counties

Volunteers will be available at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Gifford, on these dates and times:
Thursday, March 6th               8:00 " 11:00 a.m. &3:00 " 8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 7th                   8:00 " 11:00 a.m. &3:00 " 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 8th               10:00 a.m. " 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 9th                  1:00 " 5:00 p.m.

To make an appointmentor ask any questions, please contact Pastor Lisa Wiedman, Gifford UnitedMethodist Church, at (217) 898-8403.

-- Callahead to schedule  your appointment

-- Makean appointment before or after the Gifford Community Meeting on
Tuesday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m.
-- Walk-inappointments may also be available

Champaign Insider (City Newsletter)

GOLDEN HAMMER: D.O.E. Wastes Billions

Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center: Maple Syrup Demonstrations

Traffic Change Around Wiley Elementary School

Wiley Elementary School - 1602 S. Anderson St. - Urbana, IL 61801

February 25, 2014

Dear Wiley Neighbors and Community Members,

Nothing is more important than the safety of Wiley School's students! Traffic congestion in front of our school is a problem at the times when students come to school in the morning and around 3:00 pm when they are dismissed. We do not want anyone to get hurt, and we want to make dropping off or picking up students as efficient as possible.

In order to improve safety and efficiency, officials from the City of Urbana and our school district administrators are announcing a change in traffic flow starting Monday, March 10, 2014.

Anderson Street from Florida to Pennsylvania will become a Northbound One-Way street from 7:30-8:30 AM and from 2:30-3:30 PM.

The Urbana Police Department will be on site during the first few days of this change to assist with the traffic flow. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation in making the street in front of Wiley School safer for students!

-- Mrs. Sartain, Principal


Anderson Street becomes One-Way North Bound
Between Florida Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue

Starts Monday, March 10, 2014

7:30- 8:30 AM
2:30- 3:30 PM

On school days

USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Any soybean farmer who is affected by the soybean checkoff is eligible to serve. Farmers must complete the required application and "Agreement to Serve" statement and return them to the ISA office by March 1, 2014. The ISB Board of Directors will submit to USDA a "first preferred choice nominee" and a "second preferred choice nominee". The Secretary of Agriculture will make final appointments. The chosen individual will begin serving a three-year term in December 2014.

6th Annual Prom Benefit - Hunger Relief
To vote for a prom king and/or queen, click the above link.

                          EASTERN ILLINOIS FOODBANK
                                  MARCH 8TH
                        TICKETS: $100 PER PERSON
                                               $1,000 FOR TABLE
                                        MORE INFO: PROMBENEFIT.ORG

GOLDEN HAMMER: Commerce Department

Tourette Syndrome
Facts about Tourette Syndrome:

TSA Illinois:

National Tourette Syndrome Association:

Breeding out Breast Cancer
Source: ABC News Blogs

EMERGENCY LIQUOR ORDER: Unofficial St. Patrick's Day

I, Don Gerard, in my capacity as the Liquor Commissioner for the City of Champaign, Illinois, and pursuant to authority granted me in Section 5-91 (9) of the Champaign Municipal Code, 1985 as amended, entitled Emergency powers, do hereby find that there may be a threat to the public health, safety and welfare from activities by members of the public within the geographic areas described herein in response to the promotion of an event that has become known locally as Unofficial St. Patricks Day. I base this finding on the following facts:

  1. In past years, this event has been promoted, scheduled and conducted over a specific 24 to 48 hour period of time by members of the public and liquor license holders located in the geographic area described herein, for at least the last eleven years, on dates within two or three weeks of the actual St. Patricks Day.
  2. Again this year, the event is being promoted on social media and informally among UI students, alumni, and on other college campuses.
  3. The event has historically included an unusual extension of hours of operations by participating Class A and Class R liquor license holders, including opening to the public and serving alcoholic beverages as early as 8:00 a.m. on the day or days in question.
  4. The event has included the promotion and implementation on the days in question of reduced pricing specials on the purchase of alcoholic beverages by participating license holders.
  5. On the day or days during which the event has occurred, there has generally been a significant increase in the number of arrests within the City of intoxicated persons on public property for committing offenses resulting in personal injuries and damage to property, such as disorderly conduct, battery and criminal damage to property, and a significant increase in hospital emergency room admissions of persons experiencing the adverse effects of dangerous levels of alcohol intoxication.
  6. On the day or days during which the event has occurred, there has been a significant increase in the sale of alcoholic beverages from Class P licensees, particularly those located within the said geographic area.
  7. Any licensee found in violation of the Emergency Order will be fined five hundred dollars ($500) per violation.

I have further received reliable information that this year, Unofficial St. Patricks Day will be conducted within the City limits on, Friday March 7, 2014 and into the early morning hours of Saturday, March 8, 2014. Additionally, this year, a potential exists for the event to extend through the early morning hours of Sunday, March 9, 2014, Based upon said findings, I hereby enter the following emergency order:

A. All businesses currently holding a bar or restaurant liquor license (Class A or Class R) that permits that license holder to sell or serve alcoholic beverages for consumption on the licensed premises, within the City limits of the City of Champaign in the area bounded by Springfield Avenue on the north, Wright Street on the east, Kirby Avenue on the south and north on Neil to Springfield Avenue (see attached map) shall be restricted in the following manner:

  1. They shall be prohibited from serving or permitting the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages upon their licensed premises between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 and Saturday, March 8, 2014.
  2. They shall be prohibited from hosting any private functions that result in special drink pricing or other privileges on premise from 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 until 2:30 a.m., Sunday, March 9, 2014.
  3. They shall be prohibited from serving beer in pitchers from 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 until 2:30 a.m., Sunday, March 9, 2014.
  4. They (Class A licensees only) shall be required to have at least one employee at all public entrances to the licensed premises who shall check IDs of all patrons entering the premises during business hours beginning on Friday, March 7, 2014 until 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014 to insure that said patrons are of legal age to enter the premises, and any employees performing said ID checks shall be at least twenty-one (21) years of age during said time period.
  5. All drinks must be served in aluminum containers (e.g. bottles or cans) or paper or plastic cups from 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 until 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
  6. Patron entry age for all Class A licensees in the area described above is 21 years or older between 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 until 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
  7. Patron entry age for all Class A licensees in the area described above is 21 years or older between 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014 until 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

B. All businesses currently holding a Class P package liquor license allowing for the sale of package liquor for consumption off the premises within the geographic area bounded by University Avenue on the north, Wright Street on the east, State Street on the west and Kirby A venue on the south, shall be prohibited from selling package liquor between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 and Saturday, March 8, 2014.

C. Completion of an Adult Responsibility Form prescribed by the Liquor Commissioner prior to the sale of the following quantities must be made and maintained by all Class P package liquor establishments:

  • 168 or more 12 ounce containers of beer or malt beverage.
  • 100 ounces or 3,000 mL of distilled spirits.
  • 1 Keg

D. No keg permits will be issued by the Liquor Commissioner for the time period from 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 until 2:30 a.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014. It is unlawful to possess more than 1 keg per residence

E. If the police determine that the pedestrian traffic impedes the vehicular traffic in the area affected by this order, the police have the authority to order any or all liquor-licensed establishments to close until further notice or until the termination of this Order.

Entered on this 18 day of February, 2014.

Don Gerard
Liquor Commissioner for the City of Champaign, Illinois

"Saving Veterans One Pit at a Time"

Founder: Andrew Hoskins

Hoskins is a military veteran who trains rescued pitbull breeds as service dogs for veterans with PTSD.

Golden Hammer: Medicare Waste

Prairie Land Heritage Museum

IRS Website

Vehicle Dependability Study

Vehicle Dependability Study:
Toyota Recall:
General Motors Recall:








Car Seat Safety Guidelines
Car Seat Safety Checkup Event:

Sherman Fire Department

Wednesday, February 19th
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
2215 E. Andrew Rd.
Sherman, IL 62684

Trained Car Seat Technicians will be there

Katy Kramer for Prom Queen

Gentle C-Sections

Monuments Men
This link directs you to the University of Illinois Archives to view Edwin Rae's items during his service as a Monuments Men.

For more information on the Monuments Men foundation, visit

Gifford Food Pantry & Volunteers
The Gifford Food Pantry is located at St. Paul's Lutheran Church
108 E. Church Street
Gifford, IL 61847

Food Pantry Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday: 3-7 p.m.
Saturday: 10-1 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30-1 p.m.

Gifford Hotline -- 217.568.7411

If you would like to volunteer, or donate professional services, contact St. Paul's Lutheran Church --  217 568-7196

GOLDEN HAMMER: Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs

Go Red for Women

Agri-Business Political Donations


Farm Research Grants
A variety of state and federal grant programs are available which could benefit rural residents, communities and other groups. We encourage you to review the federal grants available. If you find you may be eligible for a state federal grant, the Illinois Department of Agriculture can help with the application process.



This link takes you to the state comptroller's site for information on tax filings.

Champaign County EMA Social Media Links



Illinois Education Funding Advisory Committee
Bipartisan committee of lawmakers providing recommendations to change the formula for state aid to schools.

High Caliber Training Center and Indoor Range
1414 Triumph Dr.
Urbana, Illinois;
Just of a mile north of I-74 on US
Route 45 (just north of Farm & Fleet and Frasca Air Field).

Offers Concealed Carry Classes.

Concealed Carry Information

U of I Career Closet Clothing Drive
Clean, gently-used professional clothing are accepted.

For more information: Contact Emily Wickstrom - OR 333.0820.

Golden Hammer: NASA tower waste

Phases of the Moon Festival

The inaugural Phases Of The Moon Music + Art Festival is set to

take place September 11-14 at the beautiful 3000 acre Kennekuk County Park

just outside Danville, IL. Phases Of The Moon is proud to announce Phase I of

artists scheduled to perform at the first annual event. Artists include: Widespread

Panic (two nights), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Govt Mule, Leon Russell, Galactic,

Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Jackie

Greene Band, Anders Osborne, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat,

Dumpstaphunk, Karl Densons Tiny Universe, JJ Grey & Mofro, Monophonics,

The Revivalists, Soulive, Tea Leaf Green, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Matt

Schofield, Clare Dunn, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, James Jones Trio and

Artist-In-Residence David Gans. To stay on top of all upcoming artist

announcements, go to

Phases Of The Moon is a four-day music, arts and camping event thoughtfully

tailored to provide a unique festival experience. Phases Of The Moon boasts four

outdoor stages: two main stages that alternate following each set and two

smaller stages. Along with amazing music, attendees will have access to farm-totable

food, craft beer, a farmers market and a mall of diverse craft vendors

featuring and array of original items. POTM is an all-inclusive event that includes

The Crescent Moon Kids Area set up for families featuring fun and creative

activities for children.

Phases Of The Moon has put a strong emphasis on art. Large interactive

sculptures, live art, and works from renowned national and local artists will be on

display. A variety of performance artists will be roving through the crowds

performing and connecting with the new Phaser family.

Phases Of The Moon will provide fun, informative and thoughtful ways to spend

the weekend when you are not listening to your favorite music. The Non-Profits

Participation Row will feature local and national organizations, including food

drives, greening initiatives and workshops ranging from music to art to


FEMA SBA Loan Applications

The federal government continues to provide individual assistance for storm survivors in 15 Illinois counties.

While you must register with FEMA and return SBA disaster loan applications by Feb. 3 to be eligible.

There are three ways to register:

o Online: Go to .

o On a smartphone or tablet: download the FEMA app or go to

o By phone: call 800-621-FEMA (3362). People who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.

Danville School District Standard Uniform of Dress

Crisis Nursery Child Sexual Abuse Training Program
For more information about the "Stewards of Children" child sexual abuse training or to schedule a training, call (217) 337-2731 or visit the website.

Seven Strategies for Finding Backup Childcare

Gifford Town Meeting Information
FEMA Registration (Extended until Feb. 3) -- 800.621.3362
OR visit --

Gifford Hotline -- 217.568.7411

If you would like to volunteer or donate professional services, contact St. Paul's Lutheran Church --  217 568-7196

Warming Centers Open In Champaign
The warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS warming centers are open to the public during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The following are some tips that seniors are encouraged to do to best handle cold temps:
    Dress in layers, both indoors and outdoors. Keep active. Make a list of exercises and activities to do indoors when you can't get out.

    Eat well and drink 10 glasses of water daily; Stock up on non-perishable food supplies, just in case.

    Keep extra medications in the house. If this is not possible, make arrangements to have someone pick up and deliver your medications.

    Do not shovel snow or walk in deep snow. Plan now for someone else to shovel the snow. The strain from the cold and hard labor could cause a heart attack; sweating can lead to a chill and even hypothermia.

To find a warming center near you, call the IDHS hotline at (800) 843-6154

FEMA Assistance Deadline Extension
Federal Assistance for Tornado Survivors extended until Feb. 3, 2014.

Visit the website or call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) for more information.

Gifford Relief Concert at Gordyville 1/25
Doors open at 2pm. Kids 15 and under are free.
$10 donation suggested.

Cash donations can be done at Gifford State Bank - "Relief Concert Sponsorship."

Carle Implements Flu Restrictions

Cash Incentive Program for Ameren Customers


Ameren Illinois gas and electric customers can find out about cash incentives for purchsaing energy efficient items for the home through this link.

Ameren Illinois Budget Billing Plan

Information on budget billing plans for Ameren customers.

Warming Centers in Champaign County
With the extreme cold temperatures for today and going into tomorrow here are local Warming Center locations and times:

Regular Business hours
-Illinois Dept. of Human Services (Division of Rehabilitation Services), 1307 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign

-Illinois Department of Human Services, 705 N. Country Fair Dr., Champaign

Overnight Sheltering
-Salvation Army Red Shield Center, 2212 N. Market St., Champaign

-Champaign County Satellite Jail (lobby), 502 S. Lierman Ave, Urbana

-For women only, Center for Women in Transition, 508 E. Church Street in Champaign between 6:30-7:30 in the evening for intake. The church bus will then pick them up & take them to the First United Methodist Church for overnight sheltering.

Champaign Unit 4 Elementary Schools Tours

Home Repair Loans for Low Income Homeowners

Proposed Rules for Medical Marijuana Pilot Program

University of Illinois Safe Walks
Courtesy service provided by the U of I police to avoid students, staff or faculty from walking alone, within campus, at night.

For more information dial -- 333.1216

Federal Budget Breakdown

The National Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Caitlynn's Journey - CUT-A-THON
Caitlynn Riblet was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma on Dec. 18, 2013.
Her treatment began Jan. 3, 2014.

Fight Like A Girl Cut-A-Thon Fundraiser

Jan. 14, 2013
PBL High School - Little Assembly
6-9 PM

Donations welcomed. All proceeds will go to the "Caitlynn Riblet-Caitlynn's Journey" account at Farmers Merchants National Bank in Paxton.

Additional fundraisers:
-- Play for Cait
contact: Tammie Lawson -- OR 217.898.9297

contact Haley Schnebly - OR 217.419.0203
contact Mandy -

ClearPoint Credit Counseling

National Foundation for Credit Counseling

Affordable Care Act Sign-up Assistance

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission will have weekly open enrollment/walk-ins from 8AM to 1PM on Mondays beginning January 6, 2014 at Frances Nelson Health Center, 819 Bloomington Road, Champaign IL, for consumers to compare and make informative decisions about health insurance plans that best fit their needs. Call 217-356-1558 to schedule an appointment.

Champaign Urbana Publick Health Distict offers assistance Monday-Friday, 8:30 A.M. through 4:30 P.M.

  1. Champaign County Health Care Consumers

  2. 44 E. Main St. Suite 208
    Champaign, IL 61820
  3. (217) 352-6533
  5. Campaign For Better Health Care

    44 East Main, Ste 414
    Champaign, IL 61820

    (217) 352-5600

  6. Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

    201 W. Kenyon Road
    Champaign, IL 61820

    (217) 352-7961

  7. Ecirmac

    302 S. Birch
    Urbana, IL 61801

    (217) 344-8455

  8. Pace Center For Independent Living

    1317 East Florida
    Urbana, IL 61801

    (217) 344-5433

  9. Presence Covenant Medical Center

    1400 West Park Street
    Urbana, IL 61801

    (312) 770-3736

  10. Community Health Partnership Of Illinois

    520 E Wabash
    Rantoul, IL 61866

    (312) 795-0000

  11. Douglas County Health Department

    1250 East U.S. Highway 36
    Tuscola, IL 61953

    (217) 253-4137

  12. Gibson Area Hospital And Health Services

    1120 N. Melvin St.
    Gibson City, IL 60936

    (217) 784-4251

Fingerprinting for Concealed Carry Applicants

Fingerprinting for Conceal Carry License Applicants

Beginning THURSDAY Jan 9, 2014 and on the following THURSDAYS the Champaign County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) will begin doing fingerprinting for conceal carry license applicants. Presently this service will only be offered on Thursdays, we will reassess this as we see how much demand exists.

The total charge for this is $71.50 which includes the ISP and FBI fees. You will need to bring in cash, money order or local personal check payable to CCSO for $71.50. We will transmit the FBI & ISP portion of the fees to the Illinois State Police.

Citizens who want CCSO to take and electronically transmit their prints and picture need to call (217) 384-1204 IN ADVANCE of the Thursday to schedule an appointment. No walk-ins.

The hours will normally be 8:15am thru 12:45pm and the 2pm thru 3:30pm. You need to bring a government issued picture ID.

CCSO will take and electronically transmit the required photograph as a mandatory part of this process. You cannot send your own picture. CCSO will give you a Transaction Control Number (TCN) which you will need to retain and put on your application when you complete it with ISP. Once CCSO sends the prints and picture, it is not involved in your further application and cannot answer questions about your application. If you have any questions or problems concerning your application you will need to contact the Illinois State Police Conceal Carry Section at (217) 782-7980.

Individuals need to arrive 15 minutes prior to their appointment to complete some paperwork. Please enter the front lobby of CCSO at 204 E. Main St., Urbana. (North side of Main St. across from the County Courthouse.) Parking is available at meters on the streets or in the pay-station parking lot across the street and on the East side of the Courthouse, please do not park in any reserved spaces. Your entire visit will generally last between 15 and 30 minutes.


A pre-set Thursday appointment (call 384-1204)

Government issued picture ID

$71.50 (cash or check - no debit or credit)

To retain the Transaction Control Number (TCN) for your application

Sheriff Dan Walsh

Champaign Co. Association of Realtors Tornado Relief Grants

Champaign Tree Collection
Jan. 6 - Jan 17, 2014

Trees must be within 4 feet of curb and all decorations must be removed.
Collection is by zone, so please check the map for your areas pick-up date.

2014 U of I Corn Soybean Classic

Champaign Unit 4 Reduced Bus Service

Wednesday,January 8, 2014, Champaign Unit 4 School District will have reduced busservices.  There will be no yellow school buses operating morningor afternoon for elementary or secondary students living in the areaslisted immediately below.


No Bus Service Area:


AnyRural Address

Hartwell& Hartwell (by U of I golf course)

FieldStone " Savoy

Libertyon the Lake

SummerfieldRoad (Old Church west of Staley)


TheCity of Champaign proper and the following subdivisions DO have bus service:

Bus Service:

          WEST " Along Staley Road





Trailsof Brittany


NewCentury Estates (4809 W. Windsor Rd.)



1.    SOUTHof Curtis Road





Savoyproper (east of Prospect in the Village of Savoy)


PrairieMeadows - Savoy



2.    NORTHof I-74


TowneCenter Apts.





3.    NORTH Duncan Road














Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Salvation Army 

2212 N. Market Street, Champaign

502 N. Prospect, Champaign

Unit 4 School Registration

Bullying Laws

New Illinois Laws
Below are highlights of some of the 218 new laws that take effect at the start of 2014.

-Cell Phone Driving Ban " Bans the use of cell phones while driving. Exemptions from the ban include the use of hands-free devices and two-way radios. (HB 1247, PA 98-506)
- Speed Limit of 70 MPH - Raises the speed limit on rural Illinois interstates to 70 miles per hour. The bill excludes certain urban and suburban counties from the higher speed limit. (SB 2356, PA 98-511)
- Tanning Bed Ban for Minors under 18 - Bans tanning facilities from permitting any person under the age of 18 from using tanning booths or beds. Specifies that parental permission does not exempt the person under 18 from the ban. (HB 188, PA 98-349)
- Voting Rights - Allows a person who is 17 on the date of the primary election to vote if that person will be 18 on the date of the general election. (HB 226, PA 98-360)
- Ban of E-Cigarettes to Minors - Prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. The bill requires sellers to verify that a buyer is over 18. (SB 1756, PA 98-350)
-Vandalism of Veterans Grave Sites - Enhances penalties for vandalism of graves or memorials honoring an individual or group of police officers, firefighters, members of the U.S. armed forces, National Guard, or veterans. (SB 2231, PA 98-315)
- Medical Marijuana - Authorizes use of medical cannabis for authorized patients with qualifying diseases. (HB 1, PA 98-122)
- Domestic Battery Penalties - Enhances penalties for domestic battery when the offender has prior convictions for that offense. (HB 958, PA 98-187)
- Kelseys Law - Prohibits the issuance of a graduated drivers license to a person under 18 if that person has a traffic citation which has not been dealt with. (HB 1009, PA 98-168)
- State Budget - Requires the Governors office to place the entire state budget online within 60 days of its enactment. (HB 2955, PA 98-461)
- Autopsies - Requires all autopsies conducted in Illinois to include a finding of whether or not the death was caused by a seizure or epilepsy. (SB 1226, PA 98-340)
- Childhood Sexual Abuse - Removes the statute of limitations on civil actions for damages based on childhood sexual abuse. (SB 1399, PA 98-276)
- Boating while Intoxicated - A persons drivers license can be suspended for operating a boat while under the influence. The bill also states that the operator of any motorboat involved in a boating accident shall be deemed to have given their consent to testing for alcohol or other intoxicants. (SB 1479, PA 98-103)
- Puppy Lemon Law " Provides certain remedies to a customer who purchased a dog or cat that possesses or has died from certain diseases or illness, if within 21 days of the date of sale, a licensed veterinarian states in writing that at the time of sale the animal was unfit for purchase due to illness or disease. (SB 1639,PA 98-509)
- Priority Enrollment for Service Members - Requires state colleges and universities to give the earliest possible enrollment opportunity to service members and veterans who are Illinois residents. (SB 2245, PA 98-316)
- Victim Notification" Require States Attorneys to notify crime victims immediate family members of their rights to present at sentencing an impact statement about the effect of the crime on the victim. (HB 827, PA 98-372)

Apply for Emergency Assistance: Tornado Victims

The deadline to apply for emergency assistance is January 27th. It's administered by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). You can apply by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) (for hearing and speech impaired); registration also can be done online at or by smartphone or tablet at

How To Adopt

Concealed Carry

Illinois State Police web page for information on the concealed carry process and applying for a license.

The First Presbyterian Church of Danville AND Group Cares Housing Repair project runs from July 7-11, 2014. The deadline for homeowners to apply is January 8, 2014.

HomeOwners may contact the church for more details -- 442.0541

Repair Volunteers may contact Group Cares --
800-385-4545 OR

United Way Program Review Volunteers
Volunteers will help the United Way of Champaign County assess funding for new and current organizations. These organizations must align with UWays four community goals.

Volunteers must attend a mandatory training session.

Contact Beverley Baker, Director of Community Impact
352-5151 OR

"Hope After The Storm" Fundraiser (for Gifford)
Fundraiser runs through January 2014, but sales will continue after.
Contact Jessie --

Caveny Farm

Champaign Christmas Tree Collection Program

Illinois Christmas Road Closures

The following are locations where permanent lane closures remain in place:
IDOT Highway District 1:
Cumberland Avenue over I-90; traffic reduced to 2 lanes in each direction.
Il 58 at New Wilke Road in Rolling Meadows has one lane open in each direction with a left turn lanes at signalized intersections.
Willow Road from IL 43 (Waukegan Road) to I-94, there will be one lane in each direction open to through traffic. This includes the traffic on IL 43 (Waukegan Road) at Willow Road.
Central Ave and I-55 one lane in each direction on Central. Exit Ramp from NB I-55 to Central and Entrance Ramp to SB I-55 are CLOSED. Expect delays.
Morgan St. closed between Van Buren St. and Harrison St. (bridge over I-290).
IL 83 from Kedzie to Western/Dixie Highway, going east & westbound, one lane open in each direction; and Western to Kedzie going north & southbound, one lane open in each direction. (Posen, IL)
I-94 (Bishop Ford Freeway) at Stony Island, ramp from northbound Stony Island & 103rd St. to WB I-94 and SB I-57 closed. Please follow posted detour.
Bridge rehabilitation and ramp construction on I-94/90 (Kennedy Expressway) at Ohio Street located at the Ohio Street Interchange in Cook County. Ramp partially closed with barricades on one side - enter with caution.
IL 53 - Roadway reconstruction from Army Trail Rd to Elgin O'Hare Expressway in Addison & Itasca. One lane open in each direction for NB & SB Rte 53 at the Lake St. intersection. Lake St with two lanes open in each direction. Outside of the Lake St. intersection all lanes open.
IL route 38 has permanent closures leaving one lane open in each direction from Kirk Road to east of Kress Road in Geneva and West Chicago. (Kane and DuPage Counties)
IL 59, between Diehl Road and North Aurora Road will be stage one for the winter - two lanes will be open in each direction utilizing the median as one lane.
US 20 over McLean Blvd - traffic change on Interchange reconstruction in Elgin; two lanes open in each direction.
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Maple Avenue from Washington St. to L.W. Besinger Drive will have one lane open eastbound only.
IL 21 from south of IL 120 to south of IL 137; one lane of traffic in each direction on IL 21 and one lane of traffic in each direction on IL 137 at the intersection with IL 21.
Permanent closures on I-94 from IL 173 to the Wisconsin State Line; three lanes will be open throughout the whole project. The IL 173 Bridge over I-94 will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the entire project.
IL Rte 131 (Green Bay Road) & Wadsworth Road is in stage 1 detour configuration, with one lane open in each direction.
Grass Lake Road, about one mile west of US Rte 45 is in stage 1 detour configuration with one lane open in each direction.
Rollings Road, about mile west of US Rte 45 is in stage 1 detour configuration, with one lane open in each direction.
IL 31 at IL 176 and at Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, Nunde Township and unincorporated McHenry County, one lane open in each direction.
Algonquin Bypass project, IL 31 from south Junction to north junction has 1 lane open in each direction.
Weber Road at Renwick Road - one lane open in each direction.
US-52/US 6 (Jefferson St.) bridge over the Des Plaines River in Joliet. Detour posted.
IDOT Highway District 2:
IDOT Highway District 3:
DeKalb County
US 30, just east of Shabonna, one lane closed for bridge repairs, traffic controlled by signals.
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IDOT Highway District 4:
IL 116 is reduced to one lane traffic that is controlled by temporary signals approximately two miles east of the IL 97 & IL 116 junction.
Near Morton, I-74 will be two lanes eastbound and westbound from Pleasant Hill through Morton Ave. The eastbound I-74 ramp to southbound I-155 will be reduced to one lane. Eastbound I-474 is reduced to one lane as it merges to eastbound I-74. Northbound I-155 to westbound I -74 is a merge condition.
IDOT Highway District 5:
Champaign County Highway 50 (Lake of the Woods Road) over I-74. County Highway 50 is closed and a marked detour is being utilized.
IDOT Highway District 6:
IDOT Highway District 7:
Illinois Route 130 near Parkersburg; bridge rehabilitation; stage construction with one lane open, concrete barriers and traffic signals in place.
IDOT Highway District 8:
The right lane of southbound IL 203 will be closed to allow construction associated with the New Mississippi River Bridge.
Both northbound and southbound I-255 over I-64 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction for bridge rehabilitation.
IL 15/IL158, Belleville, the westbound on-ramp from IL 158 onto IL 15 will be closed. Closure needed for roundabout construction.
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IL 15/IL158, Belleville, the westbound IL 15 exit ramp onto IL 158 will be closed. Closure needed for roundabout construction.
IL 13 west of IL 158 will be as follows:
WB IL 13 west of IL 158 will be open to all traffic.
EB IL 13 west of IL 158 will restricted to right-turn only and only vehicles less than 40 ft. long.
IL 13 under IL 15 near Belleville will be closed. Closure needed to construct new structures.
The IL 15 bridges over IL 13 near Belleville will have one lane closed in each direction of bridges. This lane restriction is needed to construct the new Eastbound IL 15 structure.
IL 15, Fayetteville, bridge over Kaskaskia River is reduced to one lane of traffic through the summer of 2014. This restriction is needed to perform bridge repairs.
IDOT Highway District 9:
IL 13, east edge of Murphysboro. Lane closures/shift with median crossover for bridge replacement.
IL 37, one mile north of IL 149 West. One lane bridge work, temporary signals in place.
I-24 - Ohio River Bridge. One lane traffic eastbound and westbound across bridge for joint repairs.
IL 1, 2 miles north of Carmi. One lane bridge construction with temporary signals in place.

Champaign Christmas Tree Collection Program

There are several ways to track Santa today!

If you call 877-HI-NORAD, a live person will give you an update.

Online: .

Facebook: .

Twitter: @NoradSanta.


Smartphone apps are also available at app stores.

NORAD's Santa operations center opens at 6 a.m. ET on Dec. 24.

Donate to Contact Ministries

U of I Campus Smoking Changes


Personal Budget Worksheet

2013 Wastewatch Report
Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has released his annual report of wasteful government spending. Read the full report here and see where 30 billion dollars was wasted this year.

Helping Washington Tornado Victims

At this time monetary donations are the most helpful way to donate. A Washington Tornado Relief Fund has been set up at Morton Community Bank to provide aid to victims of the tornado and disaster recovery and relief efforts. Donations can be made at any of the 33 branches state-wide or at Washington Community Bank, 1895 Washington Road, Washington, IL 61571. Credit Card payments will be accepted 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday by calling 309-284-1365 or 309-266-5337

Follow Prof. Collins' Journey to West Africa

Unit 4 2014 Registration Dates
Dates for Unit 4 2014, school registration

Champaign Sidewalk Snow Ordinance

Downtown Springfield Housing Study

Find more information about the need for housing in downtown Springfield by following the link:


SNUGGLES Stitch-a-thon
Volunteer organization that provides knitted or crocheted square to be sewn together for children in Africa.

Champaign Police Explorer's Program
For youth, ages 14-20 years old, interested in law enforcement. Applicants can be male or female, be in good academic standing and must pass a criminal background check.
They do not have to live within Champaign County.

For more information contact:
Sgt. Dennis Baltzell

Champaign Snow Removal Information

Salvation Army Bell Ringing Volunteers

Illinois State Scholars

Toy Drive

2013 Carle/Salvation Army Toy Drive

Now entering its 29th year, the annual toy drive " a community service project of Carle, Salvation Army, and WDWS/WHMS/WKIO radio " will run Thursday, November 14 - Thursday, December 12. This years drive is designed to stoke your holiday spirit, challenging you to Earn Your Elf Esteem!

Earning your ears is simple: help those in need by dropping off any new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children through age 15 at the following locations:

Donors can also bring gifts, gift cards or monetary donations to Carle's all-day drive-thru toy collection on Wednesday, December 11, at Carle - Champaign on Mattis, 1802 S. Mattis Avenue. The collection will run from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., with Lite Rock 97.5's Mike in the Morning giving away fun prizes to our first generous elves.

Last year, we collected more than 2,700 toys and $2,200 in monetary donations and gift cards, which all went to help nearly 1,300 families and more than 3,000 children in our community. Lets see what our elf efforts can do this year!

earn your elf esteem

After you donate, make it official! Tell your friends youve earned your Elf Esteem by taking an elfie photo and sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ElfEsteem. Pose behind the fun cutout poster next to the toy donation box and snap a photo right now!

Toy drive Partners

  • The Salvation Army of Champaign County
  • WHMS - Lite Rock 97.5
  • WDWS - NewsTalk 1400
  • WKIO - 107.9FM
  • Carle Foundation Hospital
  • Carle Physician Group


For young kids

  • Riding toys for toddlers
  • Duplo box set
  • Little Tikes shopping carts
  • Wagons
  • Train sets
  • Tonka trucks"the larger, the better
  • Hot Wheels cars and Nerf toys"larger sets
  • Educational toys, such as Leap Frog
  • Barbies"deluxe sets (no fake Barbies please!)
  • Doll houses
  • Baby doll stroller
  • Little Tikes kitchen set
  • Easy Bake Ovens
  • Play sleeping bags and tents

For all ages

  • Illini hoodies, sweatshirts or sweatpants
  • Skateboards & kickboards/scooters
  • Illini-labeled sports equipment
  • Large Lego sets
  • Art sets
  • Electronic hand-held games
  • Radios or CD players
  • Musical instruments"guitars, keyboards
  • Remote control cars/trucks
  • Science kits"microscopes, telescopes
  • G or PG rated DVDs

For teens thru age 15

  • Baskets of body products
  • Blankets
  • Lamps for bedrooms
  • Overstuffed pillows
  • Make up kits
  • Jewelry-making kits
  • Jewelry boxes
  • Digital cameras
  • MP3 players & headphones
  • Plush robes & slipper
  • Gift cards


What not to buy/give:
Classic board games, stuffed animals, candy, stocking stuffers, "fake" Barbies, Beanie Babies, books, play dough, glue crayons

C-U Winter Break Camps for Students

C. U. Dream Chasers

Watch out for Scams

Greater Community AIDS Project
The organization celebrated 20 years for its Champaign House, which opened in 1993.

Hardy's Reindeer Ranch- Rantoul, IL


Closed Monday and Tuesday
Wed - Sat 10am to 6pm  /  Sun  1 - 6pm


Mon - Sat   10 AM - 8 PM
Sun  1 PM - 8 PM


Monday - Thursday   10 AM - 8 PM
Friday & Saturday   10 AM - 10 PM
Sunday - Noon - 8 PM


Closed Mon - Tues 1st through 21st
Wed - Sat 10am - 7pm  /  Sun 1 - 7pm

Maze Hrs Through November 10th Purchase tickets by 7 PM daily and by 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays

Closed Thanksgiving Day


Open Daily 10 AM - 7 PM?
Sunday 1 PM - 7 PM?

Christmas Hours

November 22nd through December 23rd: 10 am - 7 pm daily

Christmas Eve: 10 am - 2 pm ( Closed Christmas Day )  

After Christmas hours: 10 am - 5 pm daily.   Our Last Day: December 28th

Winter Driving Tips

Homeless Services

Apple Barn Orchard

Cassens' Christmas Trees and Crafts

The Farm

Winter Weather Road Conditions

Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland College
The Parkland Pantry opens Wednesday, December 11 from 7a-2p.

I-74 Closures in December

December 9th - between Interstate 57 and Prospect Avenue eastbound

December 10th - between Interstate 57 and Prospect Avenue eastbound, between Prospect Avenue and Neil Street eastbound

December 11th - between Prospect Avenue and Neil Street eastbound, between Neil Street and Lincoln Avenue eastbound

December 12th - between Neil Street and Lincoln Avenue eastbound

December 16th - between Cunningham Avenue (US 45) and Lincoln Avenue westbound

December 17th - between Cunningham Avenue (US 45) and Lincoln Avenue westbound and between Lincoln Avenue and Neil Street westbound

December 18th - between Lincoln Avenue and Neil Street westbound

December 19th - between Neil Street and Prospect Avenue westbound

Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

Pension Reform: Conference Committee Report

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

World Aids Day- H.I.V. Screenings

Buy "That's How You Know"
A Christian children's book about the uniqueness of every child by Courtney Westlake.

Christmas Tree Farms
Directory of Christmas tree farms in Illinois

Champaign Shop Local Saturdays

Hardy's Reindeer Ranch
 Rantoul farm featuring reindeer you can pet as well as holiday gifts for sale

FEMA Disaster Assistance
You can call to apply: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
The TTY number is: 1-800-462-7585
Apply on your smartphone at:

Toxic Toys- Product Recalls

Ready Illinois
Current information on state-wide disasters and resources to protect you against scams.

Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois
Protect yourself against scams this holiday season.

Austin's Place - Emergency Shelter
Women who have yet to find shelter can visit Austin's Place in Champaign. It is an emergency shelter capable of housing up to eight women at a time. Possible guests can apply each night, between 6:30-7:30p.m., through the Center for Women in Transition.

Facts about Anencephaly
Anencephaly is a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD). CDC


To introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture.

Shelters in Central Illinois for Storm Victims
Shelters open in Tazewell and Massac counties.

Two shelters remain open to provide a safe haven for families displaced by the recent tornadoes. Current shelter locations are:

TAZEWELL COUNTY- Washington Shelter-Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1420 N Main St, Washington, IL

MASSAC COUNTY - Metropolis Shelter - First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Road, Metropolis, IL

Relief supplies being distributed to assist with clean-up

Bulk distribution sites provide relief supplies to families impacted by the recent tornadoes. Items to be distributed include rakes, shovels, work gloves, buckets, trash bags, tarps, water, and Gatorade,.

Five Points Washington, 360 N Wilmor Rd, Washington, IL, Saturday, 11/23 - Tuesday, 11/26, 8am-7pm

Old Gym (behind Brookport Elementary), 306 Crockett St, Brookport, IL 62910, Saturday, 11/23 -Tuesday, 11/26, 10a-6pm

The American Red Cross will also be distributing bulk items on our Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV's) driving through the affected areas in Pekin and East Peoria area.

Diabetes Awareness

Water and Conservation Districts of Illinois

Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Events

Consumer Warning -- Storm Scammers

Free Insurance Counseling for Washington Residents

Tips for talking to your kids about molly

National No-Tillage Conference

Acres USA Conference

Red Cross Disaster Relief

National Donor Sabbath

Waste Watch: Austin (TX) Independent School District Gets Golden Hammer
A school in Austin, Texas is being called "Toddler Taj Mahal". The cost of the school rivals some colleges.

Illinois Unemployment Help
If you have questions about unemployment or need the appropriate phone numbers for your questions, head to the IDES website.

Pajama War Donation Drive

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety

Decatur Shooting Victim Funeral
If you'd like to help the Cummings family pay for Junisha Cummings' funeral contact:
Walker Funeral Service and Chapel

566 North Water Street
Decatur, IL 62523

Grants for Health Care Navigators

Position of the American Dietetic Association - Use of Sweetners

Service Dog for a Soldier
To find out more about how you can help Dereck Bly and his family cover the cost of Dayrah the service dog: click here for the Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers fundraising page, here for the Facebook page with Dereck's story, and here for the non-profit group Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers.

American Red Cross Helping Super Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Manito Classic Car & Tractor Museum

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

Concealed Carry Training Course in Champaign County

Three companies working together to offer Illinois concealed carry training in Champaign County:

The Gun Experts
Dean Hazen

Trinity Defense Tactics
Josh Young

Adventure Tactical Training
Rick Noble

Daycare Regulations by State

Cremated Against Soldiers' Wishes

Pay It Forward: Springfield Stitches for a Cause
To find out more about the Springfield Stiches group clink here. To nominate someone for the Pay It Forward award, click here and fill out the nomination form at the bottom of the Pay It Forward webpage that appears.

Veterans Helping Veterans Phonathon
Call the Department of Veterans Affairs in Danville for more information about veteran services.


Day Care Regulations By State

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Grief Relief at Memorial Medical Center
Follow the link to find out how you can get help dealing with grief year-round.

Firefighters Postal Lake Club Trivia Night and Mouse Racing Fundraiser
Follow the link to find out more aobut the Firefighters Postal Lake Club Events.

Navigating the Affordable Care Act

Organizations with Certified Obamacare Navigators:

Misspent Tax Dollars

ISBE Grades for Local Schools
Information on how local schools and school districts fared in Illinois State Board of Education grading.

Stroke Awareness- What is Aphasia?

Sex Offender Watch List

Illinois State Police Sex Offedner Registry:

FRIGHT WEEK -- How to find a ghost in your house.

Champaign Concealed Carry Training Course
Three companies working together to offer Illinois concealed carry training in Champaign County:

The Gun Experts
Dean Hazen

Trinity Defense Tactics
Josh Young

Adventure Tactical Training
Rick Noble

F.D.A. Urgent Meat Recall List

Jerky Treats Making Pets Sick

2013 AGMasters Conference

Enrollment Sessions for Get Covered Illinois and Medicare

Friday, October 25, 10am-3pm at Regional Planning Commission (1307 N. Mattis Ave, Champaign)

Thursday, November 7, 10am-3pm and 5pm-7pm at Presence Covenant Medical Center (1400 W. Park St., Urbana)

Wednesday, November 13, 10am-3pm and 5pm-7pm at Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County (520 E. Wabash Ave., Suite 1, Rantoul)

Monday, December 2, 10am-3pm at Savoy Recreation Center (402 Graham Drive, Savoy)

There is no need to register for these sessions in advance. Guests need to bring the following with them: proof of income, to include tax form 1040 for 2012 and past 30 days most recent income, proof of citizenship (ex: US Passport, social security card), Proof of Illinois Residency (ex: driver's license, utility bill). Interpreters for multiple languages will be available to assist as needed.

Illinois Trout Season Now Open

Walk For Willow

Click on the link below to find out how you can donate to the Willow Park Fund in memory of Willow Long.

Champaign Leukemia Society Fundraiser

Mahomet Aquifer Champaign Website

Golden Hammer: Department of Energy

Arends-Awe, Inc.

Tips to Save Money on Energy Bills

Disability Employment Awareness
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

Additional Resources:

Illinois State Police Concealed Carry

Motrin Infants' Drops Recall Info

200,000 bottles of Concentrated Motrin Infants' Drops are being voluntarily recalled due to a risk that they may contain tiny plastic particles.

The company said retailers were being asked to remove three lot numbers of Concentrated Motrin Infants' Drops Original Berry Flavor in half-ounce bottles.

The lot numbers are DCB3T01, DDB4R01 and DDB4S01.

Tiny plastic particles were discovered in a different lot during manufacturing.

Consumers with questions or who would like to request a refund may call the company at 1-877-414-7709.

Expensive Outhouse

Save the John Taylor House

Carle Flu Shot Clinic Dates and Times

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

I.D. Bracelets

Health Insurance Marketplace In-Person Enrollment Locations

PACE, Inc.

1317 E. Florida Ave., Urbana, IL 61801
Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Walk - ins and by appointment
(217) 344-5433

Frances Nelson Health Center
819 Bloomington Rd., Champaign, IL 61820
Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Walk-ins and by appointment
Help is available in Spanish
(217) 403-5418

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
1776 E. Washington St., Urbana IL 61802
Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Call to schedule and appointment
(217) 328-3313

C-U Public Health Department
201 W. Kenyon Rd., Champaign, IL 61820
Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Walk-ins and by appointment
Help is available in Spanish
(217) 352-7961

Champaign County Healthcare Consumers

Affordable Care Act Enrollment

Affordable Care Act Enrollment

T.S.A. Information

Sign Up for Illini Crime Alerts
Information from University Police on how to stay up-to-date with campus crime alerts.

Gail's Pumpkin Patch

Bird Flu Vaccine Clinical Trial

Secretary of State's website

Concealed Carry Information

Affordable Care Act Plan Details

Free stuff for good grades

Free Kids Meals

Mom blogger Marie Rossiter

Tomboy Tools for Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County
For the 10-day Tomboy Tools sale that benefits Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County e-mail Molly at to get a link to the online sales catalog.

Walk to End Alzheimer's

List of Minimum Wages for Each State

National Paid Leave Insurance Policy

Rett Syndrome

Champaign County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Volunteer group

Disabled License Plates and Parking Placards


State Capitol West Wing Renovation - Itemized Summary of Expenses

Boy Scout Book Donation Program
Book donations for Matt Butler's Eagle Scout project will beaccepted Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sept. 3 through Sept13, 2013, at the following Champaign fire stations:

Station1:  307 South Randolph

Station4:  2315 W. John St.

Station6:  3911 W. Windsor Rd.

And at the Urbana FireRescue Services and Urbana City Hall located at 400 S. Vine St., Urbana, IL, aswell as the Urbana Public Works located at 706 S. Glover.

Donations of books willalso be accepted at the American Red Cross office (351-5861) located at 404Ginger Bend Drive, Champaign, IL from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday throughFriday.

Boy Scouts of America PrairielandsCouncil will also accept book donations at the Robeson Scout Shop (356-7291) located at 3301 Farber Drive inChampaign. 

The hours are M/W/F  9 - 6 and Tu./Th. from noon - 6.  The Scout Shop will alsobe open Sat. 9/14 from 9 - 1 during the book donation time frame.

At this time, thefollowing churches have also agreed to be collection points. Please contactthem for drop-off times.

- Savoy United MethodistChurch, 3002 W. Old Church Rd., Champaign (352-3993) - Canaan Baptist Church, 402West Main, Urbana (367-2185)

Illinois Concealed Carry Firearm Instructor Application

Affordable Care Act in Illinois

Lyme Disease


Eat Local. Buy Illinois Products Law

Danville Light Opera Rent Production

Half Century of Progress Show 2013
Half Century of Progress Show 2013.
Antique tractors, food vendors, activities etc...
August 22-25

MTD Reroutes for Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

U of I Move-In Day Map

HHS launches partnership and video contest with Young Invincibles

Feed the Thing Cardboard Recycling Event

Information on Affordable Care Act
More information on what to expect when enrolling in the marketplace.




Preventing Foreclosure

Governor Pat Quinn has created the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network as a service to Illinois residents to bring together the services and resources of various state agencies and qualified participating non-profit agencies to guide you through the process of weighing your options that could help you stay in your home.

Battle for the Hill: Crossfit Challenge

In Springfield try one of the following links:,

In Champaign try here:

In Decatur try one of these:,

Reporting Child Abuse
Information from the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services on how to recognize and report child abuse.

Government Entitlements Report Preview


Lt. Governor Sheila Simon has launched a survey for military families that live in Illinois.

The survey period ends September 6th.

Champaign Participating in National Night Out
Champaign locations participating in National Night Out

Urbana SPLASH After School Program
Information on Urbana's before- and after-school SPLASH student learning programs.

What the 113th Congress has Accomplished

City of Champaign Campus Move-In Program
Information on the city of Champaign's campus move-in recycling and donation program.

Decatur Celebration Performances

Monitoring Diabetes at School

Birth With Boldness

The Mommy and Baby Expo

Illinois State Fair

Urbana School District 116 Registration
Click for more information on the 2013-2014 registration process for Urbana students.

Parent Place Diaper Pantry
Follow the link to donate or to find out how you can get diaper assistance.

Danville Mass Transit District

Volunteering for Springfield Sharefest
Here is the link to volunteer for Springfield Sharefest

Junior League School Supplies Locker Schedule
Click for information, including location and dates, for the Champaign-Urbana Junior League's School Supplies Locker.

Rural Development Resource Guide

Survey- Higher Insurance for Blue Collar Workers

Illinois Kids Count Study

Crisis Nursery Donations
Drop-off Monday-Friday 8-5 pm at: 1309 W. Hill St. Urbana, Il.

Unit 4 Free and Reduced Lunch Application

South Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident Victim's Funeral Arrangements
Funeral Arrangements for South Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident Victims
Morgan McKinnon:
Visitation is from 4pm-8pm Monday at Williamson Funeral Home.
Funeral is Tuesday at 11am at Williamson Funeral Home.

Leonardo Alfano:
Visitation is from 1pm-5pm Sunday at Williams Funeral Home.
Funeral is Monday at 1pm at Our Saviour Catholic Community Church.

Williamson Funeral Home
1405 Lincoln Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650
(217) 243-1010

Our Saviour Catholic Community Church
453 E. State Street
Jacksonville, IL 62650
(217) 245-0939

Upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drives
The Champaign Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting blood drives on the following days. Click the link for more information on eligibility requirements.

Friday, July 19th, 1-5pm, McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation
809 S 5th St, Champaign, IL 61820

Tuesday, July 23rd, 11am-4pm, Illini Union

Wednesday, July 24th, 2-6pm, Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)

Help the Homeless in C-U

Cool Cruisers Car Club Car Show in New Berlin
The Cool Cruisers Car Club Car Show in New Berlin is scheduled for July 27, 2013. Entry fee is $15.00. If you want to get involved contact any of the following three people: J.C. Hardy at 217.528.1590, Duane Weiss at 217.652.7202, or John Archer at 217.787.4480.

Tribute to the Troops - Illinois Chapter

Road Trippin' to Taylorville: Bill's Toasty Shop

Road Trippin' to Taylorville: Taylorville Cinema

Road Trippin' to Taylorville: Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe

Road Trippin' to Taylorville: Christian County Agriculture Fair

Road Trippin' to Taylorville: The Outdoor Shop

DUI Checkpoint Goes Viral

Depart of Defense Safe Help Line to Report Sexual Assault
Safe Help Line is contracted by the Department of Defense so that service members have options in reporting sexual assault. It's a 24/7 resource. You can go there through the web at or call 877-995-5247.

IEMA New Mobile Website

Champaign Unit 4 School District's New Website
Launch of a new website.



Get the latest information on signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse.

Upcoming Blood Drives in Our Area

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

Champaign County

July 19 from 1-5 p.m. at McKinley Church & Foundation, 809 S. Fifth St. in Champaign, Ill.

July 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University of Illinois Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St. in Urbana, Ill.

DeWitt County

July 15 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at American Legion, 755 Stensel Drive in Farmer City, Ill.

Edgar County

July 10 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Simonton Windows, 13263 State Highway 133 in Paris, Ill.

July 20 from 2-6 p.m. at Family Video, 211 S. Central Ave. in Paris, Ill.

Ford County

July 15 from 2-6 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 110 E. Illinois St. in Sibley, Ill.

July 17 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at American Legion, 203 N. Sangamon Ave. in Gibson City, Ill.

July 22 from 12:30-4 p.m. at Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 925 N. Route 47 in Gibson, Ill. - Platelet donations only. Platelet donations taken by appointment only.

Iroquois County

July 10 from 1-7 p.m. at American Legion, 124 S. Second St. in Cissna Park, Ill.

July 16 from 12:30-4 p.m. at Masonic Lodge, 777 W. Walnut St., in Watseka, Ill. -Platelet donations only. Platelet donations taken by appointment only.

July 23 from 12-5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 301 S. Fourth in Watseka, Ill.

ISP's Frequently Asked Questions about Concealed Carry

Backyard Chickens in Champaign
Review Champaign City Council's study session in full.

Roadtrippin' to Petersburg: Branson House Bed & Breakfast

Roadtrippin' to Petersburg: Lincoln's New Salem

Roadtrippin' to Petersburg: Estep & Associates Mercantile

Roadtrippin' to Petersburg: Eutopia Salon & Spa

Roadtrippin' to Petersburg: J&B Sports Bar & Grill

Roadtrippin' to Petersburg: Hill Prairie Winery

4th of July Themed Auction -- IL State Treasurer's Office

Map of Events for Champaign County Freedom Celebration
Map of events for the Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks celebration.

Champaign County Freedom Celebration

Eli Bridge Company

Governor Quinn's Concealed Carry Changes

Cancer Prevention Study


Road Trippin' to Carlyle: Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery

Road Trippin' to Carlyle: Army Corp of Engineers

Road Trippin' to Carlyle: Governors Run

Road Trippin' to Carlyle: Covered in Chocolate

Road Trippin' to Carlyle: Mariner's Village

Gallup Poll on Gay Marriage


Champaign Unit 4 Substitute Teacher Applications

Probationary Firefighter of Police Officer Applications

Champaign County Justice Task Force
Task force recommendations regarding the Champaign County Jail system.

Upcoming Weekend Parking Procedures
Information regarding where and when to park for this weekend's Blues, Brews, and Barbecue festival and the Bloomington Gold Corvette Show.

Macon County Concealed Carry

1. The individual must be issued and in possession of a valid FOID card; and

2. The individual either:

a. Has been issued and is in possession of a valid Concealed Carry Permit from another State which requires firearms safety training as a condition of issuance;


b. Has in his or her possession proof of completion of any of the following:

-any state-established hunter education or safety course; or

-military, law enforcemet, or security firearms training; or

-firearms safety training froma course taught by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors, or by an instructor certified by such an organization, or to the public by a law enforcement agency;


3. possess the firearm solely for potential self defense; AND

4. not involved in any type of criminal conduct; AND

5. not under the influence of alcohol or drugs; AND

6. not prohibited by any law or court order from possessing a firearm.

Illinois Gets a C+ Grade for Bridges
Click on the link for more information on a recent report about Illinois bridges.

Champaign Community Coming Together to Mentor Youth and Stop Violence

Illini 4000 America Bike Team

Sunrise on the Farm: Pest Management and Crop Development Bulletin

Road Trippin' to Arcola and Arthur: Rockome Gardens

Road Trippin' to Arcola & Arthur: Yoder's Kitchen

Road Trippin' to Arcola & Arthur: Deja Vu Boutique

Road Trippin' to Arcola & Arthur: The Prairie Peddler

Free Fishing Days

Mid-Illinois Chapter of Red Cross Asking for Heartland Hero Nominees
Click for more information on how you can nominate a Heartland Hero for recognition at the 2013 Red Cross banquet.

FEMA-- Federal Disaster Assistance
Head to the website, or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

Apply on your smartphone:

Champaign County Freedom Celebration

Mental Health Support

Roadtrippin' to Litchfield: Route 66 Museum

Roadtrippin' to Litchfield: Hampton Inn

Roadtrippin' to Litchfield: Lake Yager

Carillon Festival at Washington Park in Springfield
There are free recitals at the Carillon in Springfield's Washington Park everyday between June 2 and 8, 2013--except for Wednesday, June 5.

"Why I Love Urbana" Campaign

National Cancer Survivors Day

Danville Electric Aggregation Program

Champaign Schools Summer Food Service Program
Information on the summer meals program for Champaign Unit 4 Students

Pens to Lens Screenwriting Competition

Ways to Decrease Stroke Risk

Roadtrippin' to Grafton: Grafton Harbor

Roadtrippin' to Grafton: Riverfront Ampitheater

Road Trippin to Grafton: Towboat Festival

Road Trippin' to Grafton: Pere Marquette State Park

Road Trippin' to Grafton: The Nature Institute

Regional Veteran's Memorial Project

Benefits for Illinois Veterans 2013 Edition

Amateur Dirtbike Races In Springfield
Link to race information.

IL Forgotten Military Medals
There are more than a hundred lost or forgotten medals being stored at the Illinois State Capitol. Veterans from conflicts over the span of a hundred years earned these medals. Is one of these heroes a person you know? Check for names at Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's website by clicking here.

Monsanto Webpage
Link to Monsanto's official website.

Memorial Way Project

Concealed Carry Fact Sheet

AMA TT Races and Springfield Mile

New Concealed Carry Legislation
Text of Rep Brandon Phelps' new concealed carry bill

Track Ryan Chalmer's Progress, Push Across America

Champaign PTA Council Oklahoma Relief Drive

Cleaning Supplies:

. 5 gallon bucket with resealable lid

. Liquid laundry detergent - 25 oz. 50 oz. bottles only

. Liquid household cleaner - 12-16 oz. liquid cleaner

that can be mixed with water no spray cleaners

. Dish soap - 16-28 oz bottle any brand

. Cans air freshener - aerosol or pump

. Insect repellant - spray 6-14 oz. aerosol or spray

pump with protective cover

. Scrub brush - plastic or wooden handle

. Cleaning wipes - handi wipes or reusable wipes

. Sponges

. Scouring pads - Brillo pads or SOS pads (nothing

with soap built in) no stainless steel

. Clothespins

. Clothes line - two 50 ft. or one 100 ft. cotton or plastic.

. Rolls of heavy duty trash bags - 33-45 gallon

. Dust masks

. Pairs of disposable kitchen gloves - rubber or latex

no thin surgical or food service type gloves

. Pairs of work gloves cotton with leather palm or all


School Supplies:

. Blunt scissors - rounded tip only no plastic scissors


. Pads of paper - 8 1/2 x 11 spiral notebooks or topbound


. Packages of loose leaf sheets can be substituted for

1 pad - combinations of spiral or top bound is acceptable.

No composition books

. Hand held pencil sharpeners - must be at least one

inch long

. 30 centimeter rulers - hard or flexible cartoon characters

are acceptable no advertisements please

. Unsharpened pencils

. 2 . inch erasers

. 24 count boxes of crayons - only 24 count boxes


. 14x16 - cloth bags heavy duty fabric only] denim,

corduroy, drapery fabric etc.

Avoid Getting Scammed When Donating to OK Victims
Better Business Bureau

To Donate to the American Red Cross

Coles County Farmer of the Year Application

Roadtrippin' to Lincoln: Hampton Inn

Roadtrippin' to Lincoln: Daphne's Family Restaurant

Roadtrippin' to Lincoln: Lincoln Speedway

Locations for American Cancer Society Prevention Study-3 Sign UP

Brandt Pleasant Plains Research Farm
Blog tracking corn progess at the research firm

Credit & Debit Card Refunds
If you purchased a bus ticket for Illini Tours Inc. (as they've been shut down by the U.S. Department of Transportation)

Busey Bank Scholarship Application

FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center
Click on the link above to connect to IC3, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center. The website also features useful information to keep you from getting caught in the World Wide Web.

Roadtrippin' to Belleville:Our Lady of the Snows

Roadtrippin' to Belleville: Eckerts

Roadtrippin' to Belleville: Art on the Square

Roadtrippin' to Belleville: The Edge

Roadtrippin' to Belleville: Taps N Corks

Roadtrippin' to Belleville: Cahokia Mounds

Top 1000 Baby Names of 2012

More Info on MTD ART program

Alma Mater Camera App
Click for information on the University of Illinois's app that projects a real-time image of the Alma Mater.

Roadtrippin' to Tuscola: Amish Country Heirlooms

Roadtrippin to Tuscola: Patterson B&B

Roadtrippin to Tuscola: Winterberry Store & Antiques

Urbana Market at the Square Map

Truckin' Amazing Cook-off Contest

Champaign County Jail Needs Assessment

Rotary Memorial Way
Sponsor a flag to line Vermilion Street in Danville for Memorial Day Weekend.

Coaches vs. Cancer

The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams, and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs, and fundraising activities. Guided by the Coaches vs. Cancer Council, participating coaches help people with cancer today and to find cures to end the disease tomorrow, and have raised more than $87 million to help the American Cancer Societys mission.

Etoys Illinois Computer Programming

C-U Bike to Work Day Information

Information on Land of Lincoln Health

Roadtrippin' to Macon County: Debbie's Diner

Roadtrippin' to Macon County: Chevy Museum

Roadtrippin' to Macon County: Sander's Harristown Depot and Aniques

Roadtrippin' to Macon County: The Warf

Roadtrippin' to Macon County: Decatur Visitors and Convention Center

Disaster Recovery Program for Weather-Related Damage
Go there to find out more about low interest loans available through the office of the state treasurer. You can also call the hotline at 866-523-0641.

Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Veterans in Pain: Pain Management Seminar

Illinois Marathon Course Information
Click for course information, including road closures and alternate routes, regarding the Illinois Marathon.

Money Smart Week Information

Youth Run at Illinois Marathon

Lake Land College Streaming Graduation Ceremony Live

College Planning App

Volunteering with the Illinois Marathon
Information on how you can help out at the 2013 Illinois Marathon

The Illinois Marathon

MTD Bus Service Affected by Weekend Races

Road Trippin' to Quincy: Spirit Knob Winery

Road Trippin' to Quincy: Thyme Square Cafe

Road Trippin' to Quincy: Bailey's Coffee & Fudge


Road Trippin' to Quincy: Kinderhook Lodge


Suttil's Gardens
For more information on the vegetable grower and plant nursery in Springfield.

Severe Weather Safety Tips From Ameren

College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program

Intern Queen
Lauren Berger is CEO of, an online internship destination that helps students find and apply for internships while also educating them on how to make the most of their experiences.

Taste of Champaign-Urbana Food Vendor Application

Ameren Illinois

For more information on electical rates or to report power outages.

2012 I Sing the Body Complete Survey Report

Triple Creek Farm Greenhouse

Family operated greenhouses in Petersburg and Cass County

11th Annual Boneyard Arts Festival

Spring Safety Tips from Ameren

Spring into safety with Ameren Illinois,

always call JULIE before you dig

Plant the right tree in the right place

Collinsville, Ill. (April 8, 2013) - Spring has sprung, which has many people thinking about planting trees and shrubs to beautify their homes, benefit the environment and help conserve energy.

Others are planning to build decks, install decorative lighting, put on home additions or do other work that requires excavation.

Before digging for any purpose, property owners and contractors must call JULIE at "811" at least two business days before they plan to dig. JULIE will make certain all utility lines are marked so property owners can dig safely. Digging without calling JULIE can result in disrupted utility service to an entire neighborhood, lead to injuries and result in repair costs and possible fines. There is no charge for JULIE utility locating services.

When it comes to trees and shrubs, Ameren Illinois urges property owners to do some planning to make certain they get the right tree in the right place.

"Too often, people plant trees without understanding the problems that may occur when they plant tall-growing trees near power lines or trees that are fast-growing but structurally weak and short-lived," said Steve Moody, Ameren Illinois managing supervisor of Construction Services.

When tall trees are too close to electrical power lines, strong winds, wet snow and ice storms can cause tree limbs and even entire trees to fall into those power lines. The result can be extensive and lengthy power outages, as well as safety hazards posed by downed electrical lines.

Furthermore, tall trees growing near electrical lines must be trimmed frequently to minimize the threat such trees pose to reliable electrical service. Ameren Illinois tree trimming crews follow the standards and methods endorsed by the International Society of Arboriculture.-

"We encourage our customers to plant trees and shrubs for a variety of reasons. The environmental and beautification benefits of trees and shrubs are well-known. In addition, trees actually can help keep homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, thus reducing a homeowner's energy costs," Moody said.

Moody offered these tree planning and planting tips:

Do not plant poplars, black locust, silver maples and other fast-growing trees.

Plant shrubs within 15 feet of electric distribution lines. Shrubs that do well in Illinois include forsythia, lilac, mock orange, burning bush and viburnum.

Small trees that have a mature height of up to 25 feet may be planted 15 to 25 feet from electric distribution lines. Examples include redbud, hawthorn, flowering dogwood and Amur maple.

Medium trees have a mature height of 25 to 45 feet and may be planted 35 to 45 feet from distribution lines. Examples include American hornbeam, juniper, red pine and sassafras.

Large trees that grow 45 feet and taller should be planted at least 45 feet away from distribution lines. A few examples include sugar maple, bur oak, red oak, Norway spruce and yellow poplar (tuliptree).

Moody advised property owners to consult with a nursery, an arborist or the University of Illinois Extension Service for more detailed information on selecting the right trees and shrubs. Additional information also is available at

Ameren is recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a "Tree Line USA" utility. This designation is awarded to utilities that properly train their tree trimming workers and assist customers in selecting appropriate trees to plant near electrical wires.

Other Spring Safety Tips

Never use kites that have metal, wire or tinsel components. Do not fly kites in the vicinity of overhead electrical wires or when there is a threat of thunderstorms.

Fly kites in open places far away from power lines and trees.

If your kite gets caught in a power line, do not try to retrieve it.

Never fly kites in stormy weather and when there is a threat of storms. Wet kite strings can conduct electricity from power lines and lightning.

When climbing a tree, choose a tree that is well away from power lines. Always check to make sure there are no power lines hidden among the limbs.

Look up when you are outdoors. Know the location of all overhead utility lines and keep ladders and pole pruners away from these lines.

Improve safety is by using ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) for all outdoor outlets. While you are at it, GFCIs also belong in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, garage and other locations where electrical devices could come into contact with water. A GFCI is designed to turn the power off before a deadly electrical shock can occur. If you do not yet have GFCIs, contact an electrician to discuss GFCIs and arrange for installation. If all older homes had GFCIs, it is estimated that 70 percent of residential electrocutions would be prevented each year.

Before digging in your yard or planting trees, First call JULIE (Joint Utility Location Information for Excavators), also reached by dialing 811.


Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Volunteers
Sign up to volunteer.

Jefferies Orchard
For more information on the Sangamon County Produce Farm

Boneyard Creek Clean-Up Day

Witness Video of Police Tasering Incident
Video has been posted to YouTube of the police tasering incident in the parking lot of Best Buy Saturday.

WARNING: This video contains very strong language.

We remind you we are not responsible for the content of the YouTube page, and we have not verified the video's authenticity. We are only providing this link for your reference.

Police Report from Tasering Incident

Click the link to see the police report from the tasering incident in the parking lot of Best Buy Saturday.

WARNING: The text of this report contains very strong language.

V.A. Plan to Fix Backlog

Volunteer for Austin's Day
Click for more information on how to get involved in Austin's Day, a day of service in memory of Austin Cloyd.

C-U Autism Network 5th Annual Autism Walk

How to Become an Organ Donor

Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month and three local agencies are collaborating to raise awareness for the cause: Crisis Nursery, CASA and the Champaign County Children's Advocacy Center.

Vermilion County WIC
The Vermilion County Health Department's WIC program can be reached at 431-2662, ext. 101.  More information is available on the department's website.

2013 Trout Fishing Season
The catch is on starting April 6th!  Here's a list of all state watering holes where you can participate, including everything you need to know to be legal on Illinois waters.

Champaign County Early Voting Information

Triptych Brewing Website

Cracked Truck Website

Regional Planning Commission Job Resources
Information for job seekers, via the Regional Planning Commission website.

Virginia Theater Renovations
Donate for phase 2 of project.
Updating to digital projectors with new audio and visual equipment

2013 Voter Information
Click for links to various resources with information regarding Election Day. Included are polling places, registration information, and early voting information.

Provena Health is now Presence Health

Help Murelle Plotner's Family
Help Murelle Plotner's family with ongoing medical expenses.

SJO5K'S "Movin for Murelle"
Sign up for "Movin' for Murelle"
A 1K fundraiser for Murelle Plotner

Illinois Marathon Needs Volunteers!
Click to see all the information you need to register to volunteer with the 2013 Illinois Marathon.

Unit 4 Kindergarten Registration
Deadline to register is March 28.

City of Urbana Snow Removal Requirements

IL Medical Marijuana Bill Gaining Support
Follow the link to read about the Medical Marijuana Bill introduced by Representative Lou Lang (D- Skokie). The link takes you to the Illinois General Assembly website. The bill is HB1. On the left side of the page beneath the header "Legislation & Laws", left click Bills and Resolutions. When the new page loads, scroll down to the House Bills section; it's the second set of bills listed. Then click on "0001-0100". The link you need is the first on the new page. Left click "HB0001 Medical Cannabis" to read about the bill.

Share the Spirit Foundation

Air Traffic Control Towers Slated for Closure
Full list of air traffic control towers slated for closure by the FAA.

Women's National Invitation Tournament

Champaign County Business Partnership

Autism Friendly Business

Autism Aid

Illinois Counties Ranked by Health
Rankings from University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Here's a look at how the counties rank, from healthiest to least healthy:
   2.Jo Daviess
   54.Rock Island
   88.St. Clair

Rantoul Vacation Watch

MTD Reduces Services during Spring Break
MTD service will be reduced during the University of Illinois Spring Break.  Details of service reductions follow:
2 Red Express
Regular 2 Red Express service through 3/15/13
No regular 2 Red Express service 3/17/13-3/24/13
Regular 2 Red Express service resumes 3/25/13
5/50 GREENhopper
Regular GREENhopper service through 3/15/13
No GREENhopper service 3/16/13 - 3/24/13
Full GREENhopper service resumes 3/25/13
12/120 Teal
Regular Teal service through 3/15/13                                                                 
Teal Weekday 20-minute service operates 3/16/13-3/24/13
120 Teal no late night service 3/16/13-3/23/13
Regular Teal service resumes at 6:30p on 3/24/13
13/130 Silver
Regular Silver service through 3/15/13
13 Silver Weekday 20-minute service 3/16/13-3/24/13
130 Silver Limited operates 03/16/13 - 03/24/13
Regular Silver service resumes at 6:30p on 3/24/13
22/220 Illini
Regular Illini service through 3/15/13
No Regular Illini service from 3/16/13-3/24/13
22/220 Illini Limited operates 3/16/13-3/24/13      
Regular Illini service resumes at 6:30p on 3/24/13
27/270 Air Bus
Regular Air Bus service through 03/16/13
No Air Bus service from 3/17/13 - 3/24/13
Air Bus service resumes 3/24/13
50 Green Late Night
Regular Late Night service ends at 6:30a on 03/16/13
Late Night service does not operate 03/16/13 - 03/23/13
Late Night service resumes 3/24/13
100 Yellow Late Night
Regular Late Night service ends at 6:30a on 03/16/13
Late Night service does not operate 03/16/13 - 03/23/13
Late Night service resumes 3/24/13
335 SafeRides
Regular 335 SafeRides service through 3/15/13
From 3/16/13-3/24/13 335 SafeRides operates only until midnight; designated pickup locations not served
Regular 335 SafeRides service resumes at 7:00p on 3/25/13

Resource for Clean Water P.S.A.

University Union--SEIU--responds to campus-wide email
This statement is in response to the mass email statement distributed by the University of Illinois.

Earlier today, the University of Illinois distributed an informational email with falsities and incomplete facts.

First off, the University claims the Union and university management reached an agreement on a contract last week before voting. This is completely incorrect. The Union took university management's final proposal back to membership for a vote this weekend. A majority yes vote would have resulted in an agreement being reached, a majority no vote resulted in rejecting the proposal and beginning a strike at midnight, Monday, March 11.

The University is also portraying that they have put forth a fair proposal for both building service and food service members.However, this message fails to include information on how the university has not taken into consideration in several previous years they have failed to keep up wage increases that maintain the cost of living, including a wage freeze in 2011.

With increased costs to healthcare contributions and an expected increase to pension contribution during the duration of the contract,the final wage proposal would result in a decreased take home net pay than last year.

There is no doubt the university, who has given out several outlandish wage increases to high-ranking managers and has an increased operating budget year after year, has the money to come to the table with a fair contract proposal that keeps up with the cost of living for low-wage workers. We await their call to resume negotiations.

University of Illinois' campus-wide email regarding SEIU Strike
FROM:   Elyne Cole, Associate Provost for Human Resources


DATE:     March 20, 2013


RE:        Update on SEIU Strike


As you likely have heard, the Service Employees International Union Local No. 73(SEIU) has begun a three-day strike. The University has been negotiating since May 2012 with SEIU on new labor agreements for approximately 550 building service workers (including linen maids, maids, and mail messengers) and 220food service workers. These negotiations have included a total of thirty-eight sessions between the Union and the University, including multiple mediation sessions.


Last week, the University and the Union reached a proposed agreement on a three-year contract that the Union agreed to submit to its membership for a ratification vote.  The proposed agreement, which reflected a compromise that was reached through mediation, guaranteed pay increases during each year of the agreement to the hourly wage rates for all bargaining unit employees.  Building Service Workers currently have an entry rate of $12.47 and progress to $17.09after completing two years, while Cooks have a current entry rate of $12.91,progress to $14.79 after two years, and to $17.49 after four years.  Under the proposed agreement, wage rates would be increased by 50 cents per hour (retroactive to August 2012) in the first year, 30 cents per hour in the second year, and 25 cents per hour in the third year.  In addition, bargaining unit employees were guaranteed adjustments in the second and third years matching the campus salary plans if the campus wage increases exceeded the negotiated raises.


Late Sunday afternoon, the Union notified the University that its membership had rejected this deal and that a strike would commence Monday. The University maintains that the proposed agreement was fair to the employees and addressed the concerns raised by the Union during negotiations. The University values the services provided by these employees, and the proposed agreement was more than consistent with the pay adjustments provided to other groups of employees. The University's offer sought to provide a sense of security to employees " through guaranteed wage increases " during these economically challenging times.


The Union has indicated that it rejected the proposed agreement because of wages,retaliatory discipline and contracting out. The wage offer from the University would provide employees with a wage increase in excess of two and one-half percent during the first year of the agreement.  The University's wage offer also granted these employees guaranteed wage increases through 2015. While the University cannot discuss individual disciplinary matters, the University can emphatically state that it has not imposed any retaliatory discipline. Finally,use of outside vendors is not being expanded and is consistent with the terms of the collective bargaining agreements.


While it is unfortunate that the Union chose to conduct a strike immediately after reaching a potential settlement last week, individual employees have the right to choose to work and receive pay. Workers who honor the strike and choose not to work will not be paid. The University remains willing to meet with and continue its dialogue with the Union to resolve the matter.  The University also will continue its services and operations throughout the duration of the strike, and will seek to minimize any disruption that the strike may cause to students and other members of the campus. Any bargaining unit employees who report to work during the strike will be permitted to work and be compensated for their services.


As the strike progresses, the University will keep you apprised of any developments that may occur. The University appreciates your understanding and support as we continue in our efforts to resolve this labor dispute. In the meantime, if you should have any questions relating to the strike, please do not hesitate to contact Leslie Arvan (3-3105;, Director of Labor and Employee Relations, Craig Hoefer (3-3105;,Assistant Director of Labor and Employee Relations, or Heather Horn (3-3105;, Labor Relations Coordinator.

Champaign County Voter Registration Information
New voter registration ends on Tuesday, March 12. Click here for information regarding the April 9th elections, including where to vote and how to register.

Illinois Department of Agriculture Grants
For more information on the $600,000 in specialty crop grants that the department is taking applications for.

Fund for Infant Who Died of Brain Cancer

Annabelle Phillips died at 5-weeks-old after a battle with brain cancer. The Mount Pulaski community is coming together to support her family as they try to handle medical bills from Annabelle's medical treatment.

"Annabelle Phillips Fund"

Farmers Bank Attn: Kelly or Leslie

PO box 170

Mt Pulaski IL 62548

Sangamon County Farm Bureau
For more information on the Young Leaders and other Farm Bureau programs.

Danville Polling Places for 2013 Consolidated Election

K&T Llamas
Llama farm and maker of Llama wool clothing

Urbana Snow Removal Map

Ameren Illinois Power Outage Center

Illinois Marathon Registration
Information regarding registration for the 2013 Illinois Marathon

Welfare Benefits
Assistance Totals: Single Mom of two making $19,000

Department of Welfare
- LIHEAP: $400
- Child Care: $14,976
- Medical Assistance: $6,045 (includes Health Department and SCHIP)
- Food $6,028 (SNAP, WIC: average $52.32 per person, school meal programs, Dept of Ag)

- Housing Voucher: $7,148

Pennsylvania Utility Commission
- Lifeline: landline ($30 for instillation and $200 interest free loan/yr) and cell phone with 200 min and 250 text and email ($480/yr)
- PA Weatherization Assistance Program: Ave. $6,500/per household

Department of Agriculture
- Farmers Market Nutritional Program $20

Department of Education lunch programs
- National School Lunch Program ($5/day)
- School Breakfast Program ($3/day)
- Child and Adult Care Food Program ($5/day)
- After School Snack Program ($2/day)
- Summer Food Services Program ($5/day)
- At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program ($5/day)

Department of Health
- Healthy Woman Program (free clinical breast examination, cervical cancer screenings, mammogram, pelvic examination, pap smear and follow up diagnostics to low income women): $1,245
- Bureau of Community Health Immunization Program

Department of Insurance
- SCHIP (included in Medical Assistance)

Legal Services Corporation
- 2010 federal budget $420,000,000, assisted 2.3 million people in 2011: $182.61/person @ LSC.GOV

Tax Breaks
- Earned income tax credit: $4,800
- Additional Child Tax Credit: $2000
- Withholdings return on $0 taxable income: $1900

- Pell Grant: Maximum $5,500
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant: Grants up to $4,000 per year. - Students who have been awarded a Federal Pell Grant receive priority.
- National SMART Grant: Maximum $4,000 (National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant: students in third or fourth year of college.)
- Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant: Max: $4,000 to be a teacher.

Department of Education and Office of Childhood Development in DPW
- Head Start: $6,700 per child/2009 in PA per HHS numbers
- Early Head Start: $6,700 per child/2009 in PA per HHS numbers

"Jump In" The Movie

Bullet Proof Mind: Lt. Co. (Ret.) Dave Grossman
Local law enforcement attended a day long class on how to mentally prepare for mass shootings and terrorist attacks taught by Grossman.

Central Illinois Horse Rescue
For more information on adopting rescued horses or donating to the operation.

UC Smiles Currency
More information on local currency to spend locally.

Attica Fatal Fire Fundraiser

Champaign County Absentee Ballot Request

Champaign County Absentee Voting
Absentee ballot requests for Champaign County voters.

STAR Nominations

Consolidated Primary Election Polling Places
Polling places for Urbana's Democratic Primary Election---February 26, 2013.

Ameren Illinois Power Outage Map

The Immigration Project

Is there a link between childhood obesity and ADHD, learning disabilities?

Champaign Snow Removal Ordinance Information
Snow removal ordinance for Champaign and maps of which streets are affected.

Urbana Snow Removal Ordinance Information
Ordinance FAQs and maps of what streets the ordinance affects.

Selection Criteria for MTD Managing Director
Help the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District finalize their search criteria for finding a new Managing Director.

G.E.D. Testing Information
If you want to take the G.E.D., especially before the new rules kick in on January 1st, 2014, you must register at your Regional Office of Education site. For locations and phone numbers, click on the link.

New Breast Cancer Tumor Removal Developed in Champaign-Urbana
More information of the partnership between Carle Hospital, the University of Illinois and Diagnostic Photonics, that help create the Optical Medical Imaging Technology.

Honoring the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

Champaign Community Coalition's "Walk As One"

Contacting Snuggles Group
Volunteers welcome, and group will pick up knitted squares from your home.
Contact Jennifer Millay
Phone: 217-367-2100

Urbana Free Library Events Calendar

Danville Mass Transit Paratransit Rate
Public Forum Dates on DMT Paratransit Rate Proposal:
-February 21st, 5-6 p.m. at Community Room in the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building
-February 22nd, 10-11 a.m. at Community Room in the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building
-March 1st, 8-9 a.m at the CRIS Senior Services building on 309 N. Franklin St.

Illinois Kids Count 2013 Report
The Voices for Illinois annual report assessing the achievements and challenges in early childhood education.

Too Old to Drive?
Tips for speaking with your parents about driving.

Volunteering at Danville VA
Learn how you can assist the Danville VA by helping veterans year-round. The VA welcomes volunteers throughout the year to help veterans to medical appointments or just to visit and talk.

Champaign Unit 4's Future Facilities

National Water Quality Initiative Application

Chinese American Association of Central Illinois

Stop Sunrise Coal from Opening Bulldog Mine
Petition to stop Sunrise Coal from mining near Homer.

Home Warranty Insurance Scam

Citizens With Conviction
Organization to help released felons find work, and other resources.

Ameren Refrigerator Recycle Pick Up

THR & Associates Liquidation
Liquidation auction for THR & Associates.

Aumann Auctions out of Nokomis, IL.

Community Foundation For The Land of Lincoln
Area non-profits can apply for small grants from this organization.



Premise Alert Program

Heart Disease Information

Champaign Community Coalition
Learn more.

Help Ashmore Estates
Donations for the Asmore Estates roof repairs.

Illinois State Board of Education Survey

Charleston School District Safety Survey

Champaign County Forest Preserve

RTHS School Resource Officer Tips Website

Unit 4 School Registration
Complete list of dates for the upcoming community forums, school tours and registration dates. You can also contact the Family Information Center at 217-351-3701 for more information.

3rd Annual Center City Restaurant Week 2013
Check out menus.

Kohl's Gotta Dance Program

Land Of Lincoln Honor Flight Applications
Here you can find information and applications for upcoming Land of Lincoln Honor Flights.  There are 3 upcoming flights booked. The first is March 26th, the second is April 23rd and the third is May 21st.

Gas Price Listings

Governor Appointees

Absentee Voting

One Winter Night 2013
Volunteer or participate.

Illinois Campus Safety Ratings

District 186 Springfield Budget Recommendations: Updated January 11, 2013

Ice Skating in Springfield

Central Illinois Red Cross

Downtown Danville Inc Food Drive

Track the Flu
Track the flu activity in your area and sign up to receive Flu Alert emails to keep you informed of flu activity throughout the season.

How deadly is the flu?
The CDC explains how many people die from the flu nationwide each year, as well as how these statistics are calculated.

Out of 10 Carpenter Local Unions, only 4 are remaining

    183 IN EAST PEORIA..
    2189.. IN PEORIA..

    AND 347.. IN DANVILLE..

    189 IN QUINCY..
    742.. IN DECATUR..

UIS Online Emancipation Proclamation Class

Kohls Job Fair

Danville Kohl's Job Fair

Applicants should visit or call 877-639-5645 to schedule an interview and obtain additional information regarding times and location.


For new stores, Kohls needs register operators, department associates, customer service associates, early a.m. freight unloaders and evening ad set associates. Kohls associates receive competitive compensation, great benefits and immediate merchandise discounts.



Saturday, January 12                          10:45 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 13                            10:45 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.       

Monday, January 14                           11:45 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 15                          8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 16                     8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


WHERE: Hampton Inn & Suites

                      370 Eastgate Drive

                      Danville, Ill.


JOB FAIR CONTACT: 877-639-5645 or  

Champaign Unit 4 Informational Meetings and Registration

Free Teacher Self Defense Training

High Ground Documentary

"We Are One Illinois" Coalition on Pension Reform

Illinois Marathon Registration

Champaign County Museum

Don't Be Sorry 2013 Youth Art Contest

DSC Tree of Hope Fundraiser

IRS Year End Giving Tips

Christmas Tree Collection

NORAD Santa Tracker

Urbana Police Vacation Watch

Volunteering in Illinois

USPS Work at Home Scam

Champaign Snow Removal

State Treasurer Unclaimed Property Auction

Unit 4 Vacancies

Bicycling Information

C-U At Home: One Winter Night

Reporting Fraud in State Agencies

Unit 4 Resources for Talking about Tragedy

Unit 4 Resources for Talking about Tragedy

Unit 4 Resources for Talking about Tragedy

U of I's Alpha Tau Omega's Sandy Hook Elementary School Fund

Charleston School District
Report Card

The Center for Women in Transition

2012 America's Health Rankings

Winter Weather Preparedness

District 186 Budget Survey
Survey available until 10 am, Monday December 10th.

Danville Fischer Theatre

Project Success Christmas Wish List

Information On Whooping Cough

How to Avoid the Cramming Scam

Greater Community AIDS Project of East Central Illinois
Click here to volunteer

Illinois State Scholar List

Busey's Red Kettle Drive

Johnson Christmas Display in Paxton

Champaign Unit 4 Schools' Future in Education


Salt & Light Gift Giveaway Donations
You can drop off Christmas toys for Salt & Light Ministry's Annual Gift Giveaway.

2013 Shop with a Cop Donations (Urbana PD)
Send checks to FOP Lodge #70
P.O. Box 432
Urbana, IL 61803

This will help local families receive donations to Shop with a Cop in 2013.
--Urbana Police Department--

2012 Tree of Hope Campaign
Donate to Champaign's Developmental Services Center.

USPS Employment Site

Small Business Saturday Deals

U.S. Postal Service Application

Lincoln's Champaign County
Check out Abraham Lincoln exhibits right here in Champaign County.

Salvation Army Bell Ringer Volunteers

Carle Hospital and Salvation Army Toy Drive

MTD Service Reductions
MTD service will be reduced during the University of Illinois Fall Break.  Details of service reductions follow:

Saturday, November 17, 2012
270 Air Bus will operate regular service.
50 GREENhopper does not operate.

130 Silver Limited operates.
50 Green, 100 Yellow, and 120 Teal late night service does not operate.

335 SafeRides service operates one vehicle from 5:00 PM through 12:00 AM in the service area.

Sunday, November 18, 2012
50 GREENhopper does not operate.
130 Silver Limited operates.
220 Illini Limited operates.
270 Air Bus service does not operate.
50 Green, 100 Yellow, and 120 Teal late night service does not operate.

335 SafeRides service operates one vehicle from 5:00 PM through 12:00 AM in the service area.

Monday-Wednesday and Friday and Saturday

November 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24, 2012
2 Red Express does not operate.

5/50 GREENhopper does not operate.

12 Teal Limited Weekday operates at 20 minute service.

13 Silver Weekday operates at 20 minute service.
130 Silver Limited operates.
22/220 Illini Limited operates.
27 Air Bus service does not operate.
50 Green, 100 Yellow, and 120 Teal late night service does not operate.

335 SafeRides service operates one vehicle from 5:00 PM through 12:00 AM in the service area.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 Thanksgiving Holiday
No community or campus/late night service.

Sunday, November 25, 2012
220 Illini service resumes at 6:30 pm.

270 Air Bus service resumes.
50 Green, 100 Yellow, and 120 Teal late night service resumes.
335 SafeRides full service resumes at 5:00 pm.

Monday, November 26, 2012
Full service resumes.

Diabetic Alert Dogs

Hospice Dreams

Urbana HS Honors Choir Heading to Washington D.C.
They still need up to $25,000 to make their way to Washington D.C.
Urbana HS Honors Choir has been selected to participate in the Nationals Presidents Day Choral Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

You can donate by sending checks payable to "UHS CHOIR".
Send donations to Urbana HS at 1002 S. Race St. Urbana, IL. 61801

Or click on the PayPal link above.

Urbana Holiday Parking
Two hours free parking at street meters with holiday bag and in these select lots in Downtown Urbana.

-Lot 1 (Race and Water St.)
-Lot 2 (Water St.)
-Lot 11 (Main St.)
-Lot 16 (Green St.-Township Building)
-Lot 17 (Library)
-Lot 22 (Vine St.)

Two hour free parking in the Campus Business District at street meters. This includes...
-700 S. Goodwin
-1100 W. Oregon
-900 W. Nevada

Local Governments Oppose Hazardous Waste at Clinton Landfill

FACET Thanksgiving Bounty Drive

Two options to donate:

1- Donate any items on the list below:

Instant mashed potatoes (box)
Stuffing mix
Rice preparation mix
Canned green beans, corn, peas, yams, gravy, mushroom cream
Cranberry sauce
Chicken broth
Corn bread mix
Pumpkin bread mix
French's onion topping
Dinner rolls
Grocery store gift cards

2-Adopt-A-Family Donation:

Donate the whole list

Items can be dropped off at any event, the Indi Go Artist Co-Op holds.

Also, at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church (2200 Philo Rd. Urbana, Il.) Monday-Friday.

National Pink Glove Dance

RV Travel

R.C. Racing's Expansion of Hotslots

Champaign County Polling Places

Who's Donating to the Candidates?
Here's a link to a website where you can search who's donated to candidates in the federal races.

Autism Aid

Autism Friendly Business

Danville Election Commission
People who live in Danville can use this site to:
Find your polling place.
Check your voter registration status.

Developmental Services Center's "Tree of Hope" Campaign

Champaign Unit 4 Public Meeting

Illinois Marathon

Contacts for Congressman Tim Johnson

Danville Dashers Hockey

Get Your Licks on Route 66

Carle Foundation Hospital Gets Top Ratings

The Illinois Open Technology Challenge

C-U at Home Homeless Survey

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Illinois Chapter

Walk As One Volunteer Registration

New Horizon Breast Cancer Support Group

City of Champaign Curfew Information

For ages 13 and under, the curfew is 10:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

For ages 14-16 (inclusive), the curfew is 11:00 p.m. " 6:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday (inclusive) and 12:00 midnight " 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Election Analytics

Champaign County Voting Information

Medicaid Cost Overruns

Medicaid has been given the Golden Hammer Award calling attention to flaws within the program. It seems the US Department of Health and Human Services may have some explaining to do after an Inspector General found more than $1.5-billion in cost overruns.

Unclaimed Property Auction

Urbana Climate Action Plan

State Fair Culinary Competitions
Four new culinary competitions will be featured at this year's Illinois State Fair.  Click here to find out how you can win cash and prizes for your winning dish.

Disaster Preparedness For Businesses

Project Safe Childhood
Learn about a national effort against child pornography and how you can report suspected cases.

Hiring Our Heroes
Other helpful links for veterans:

Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs

IDES: Jobs for Illinois Veterans

United States Department of Labor

Illinois WorkNet Center

Illinois Employment Benefits

How to Help Battle Homelessness in Champaign County

Macon County Conservation District
Learn more about the agency that organizes the Independence Day 1860 celebration each year in Decatur!

4th of July Celebrations

The Springfield Jaycees presents the Capital CityCelebration for 2012 on July 4th beginning at 3 p.m. in historicdowntown Springfield:


Beer/Pepsi products and Food open at 5:00 p.m. and Still Kickn band
plays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Admission is free!


Food and Craft Vendors

Free family activities including: Giant inflatables (yes, no fee again
this year); face painting, beauty pageant and music.  Back this 4th of
July is FREE ICE CREAM courtesy of MJ Kellner.

Sunburst Beauty Pageant registration is from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with
the pageant starting at 4:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. until gone is Free ice cream.

Springfield Municipal Band performance at 6:00 p.m.

FIREWORKS AT 9:30 p.m.

The event ends after the fireworks at both locations.

High-speed Rail Feedback
Information below from the I-Dot website:

Public Involvement Program

An important component of the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is the public involvement program. It has been designed to educate and engage stakeholders along the corridor. These stakeholders include residents, business owners, adjacent property owners, municipalities, townships and counties. Whether you live, work, travel or own a business in the corridor, your input is welcome at the public open house meetings held at key project milestones. You can also:

  • Sign-up for study newsletters and emails or submit a comment
  • Call the project hotline at 1-855-IDOT HSR (436-8477)
  • Write to us at:
    Miriam Gutierrez
    Illinois Department of Transportation
    Division of Public & Intermodal Transportation
    James R. Thompson Center
    100 West Randolph Street, Suite 6-600
    Chicago, Illinois 60601-3229
  • Join the project's Facebook page at

Just for You Salon

Lifeline Program
Click here to see a list of telecommunications companies offering assistance to low income individuals.

Directory of Illinois Health Departments
Find your local health department.

Substance Abuse Treatment
24-Hour Helpline 877-321-RECOVER (7326)

Electronics Recycling Drop-Off Locations

Champaign-Urbana Autism Walk

Red Cross


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    Some of the areas best chefs whip up their tastiest creations on Newschannel 15. Click here to see them in action and get their recipes to try at home.
  • WICD :: News - Be The Parent

    Be The Parent

    It's one of the hardest jobs in the world.  So let us help you.  Get parenting tips and see our latest video to help you be the parent.
  • WICD :: News - Cruisin' Illinois

    Cruisin' Illinois

    Get your motor running for the hottest motorcycle show in Central Illinois!
  • WICD :: News - On the Farm

    On the Farm

    Whether it's topical segments on what's happening on local farms to commodity prices, we have the world of central Illinois agriculture covered.
  • WICD :: News - Pet of the Week

    Pet of the Week

    The cutest video you'll see anywhere. Just one click and you won't be able to resist these adorable friends who need someone to love them.
  • WICD :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • WICD :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.
  • WICD :: News - Illinois Central

    Illinois Central

    Every week "Illinois Central" brings you the stories about the people in central Illinois. From our weekly "Cruisin' Illinois" segment " which features motorcycle culture " to the arts and everything ...
  • WICD :: News - Pump Patrol

    Pump Patrol

    Check out the NewsChannel 15 Pump Patrol to find the lowest prices, report low prices and get gas-saving tips.
  • WICD :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch extra news footage, full interviews, and extended stories that didn't make it on air.  "Raw News" may include content that is not suitable for children and is intended for mature ...

  • WICD :: News - Doug's Quick Takes

    Doug's Quick Takes

    Local organizations and community leaders tell you about events happening in the Central Illinois area.
  • WICD :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.

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