September 3, 2012

Signup Tuesday for Help with Heating Costs

It’s still summer, but low-income seniors and people with disabilities can begin signing up for an appointment to apply for help with winter heating bills on Tuesday. The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission staff will begin making appointments for assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Tuesday at the planning commission offices at […]

August 31, 2012

In Perspective: One-Third of Kids are Not Ready for Kindergarten

Statistics show, a lot of kids aren’t ready to start kindergarten. It’s a difficult thing to hear because those early years are the building blocks of a good education. So what’s holding these kids back and how many aren’t making the cut? Read the full article at

August 28, 2012

Thomasboro School Board Signs Contract to Seek Grant

The Thomasboro school board formally entered into an agreement with the village of Thomasboro to seek a Safe Route to Schools grant. The decision for the school district and village to jointly seek the grant was agreed to earlier in the year. The action at last week’s school board meeting was to formally sign the […]

August 15, 2012

Bike Trek: Lanes, Trails Make it Easy to Get Around U of I

When I went to college, getting around on bicycle was difficult because I didn’t have a bike, and the university and city had a convenient bus system. DeKalb did have plenty of sidewalks, but nothing was marked and there were no bike lanes on streets (it’s better now). That’s why it’s nice to pedal around […]

August 7, 2012

Giving a Head Start: Holmes Urges Others to Also Read to Youngsters

Jessica Holmes holds out a craft project of a cat she has made for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old Head Start students and tells them to feel the tongue of the feline. “Have you ever had a cat lick you?” Holmes asks. “Uh, uh,” a little girl said, shaking her head. It’s scratchy, just like a […]

July 14, 2012

Electronics, Waste Collections Scheduled

Households preparing for summer or fall cleaning should be aware of two upcoming collection events. Another residential electronic collections event will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4. And a household hazardous waste collection event will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Read the full article at […]

July 10, 2012

Cooling Assistance on the Way

Financial help is on the way to help cover the cost of cooling off from the summer heat wave. But those who qualify will have to act quickly. The money is expected to go fast, said Darlene Kloeppel, social services director at the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission. Read the full article at

July 3, 2012

Goal of New Incubator to Advance Business Acumen

Building business. That may best describe what Rantoul Chamber of Commerce and community leaders got a chance to see first hand Thursday evening as the Rantoul Business Incubator opened its doors to young entrepreneurs in the Rantoul Business Center on the former Chanute Air Force base. Read the full article at

June 27, 2012

Rantoul Business Incubator Set to Open

The Rantoul Business Incubator will have its grand opening Thursday at the Rantoul Business Center, 601 S. Century Blvd. The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with tours, demonstrations and refreshments. Read the full article at

June 24, 2012

Agencies Plan Session on Loss of Illinois Cares, Medicaid Benefits

Illinois’ prescription drug assistance program for needy seniors will be gone in a week, but local agencies say they might be able to help find other programs that can help. They’re holding a special enrollment session for anyone set to lose Illinois Cares Rx or Medicaid benefits from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the […]

June 17, 2012

USDA Rural Development Selects Winners for National Site Manager of the Year Award

USDA this week recognized three housing professionals who are being honored for their work to improve rural housing and help residents of rural communities. “These three outstanding citizens exemplify what it means to care for one’s neighbor,” USDA Rural Housing Service Chief of Staff Cristina Chiappe said during the awards presentation at the annual legislative […]

May 6, 2012

County May Start Looking at Building Code

Prodded by last year’s court-ordered closure of a ramshackle and unsanitary apartment complex south of Rantoul, Champaign County Board members may be taking the first tentative steps toward enacting a county building code. Champaign County is the largest county in Illinois without a county building code; Champaign and McLean counties are the only counties of […]