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 […]

May 3, 2012

Bring Out Your Dead Electronics

The first Champaign County residential electronics recycling event of the year will be Saturday morning at The News-Gazette distribution center. Area residents are invited to bring all old and unwanted electronics items to the center, 3202 Apollo Drive, C, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Read the full article at

April 22, 2012

Study Shows How C-U Stacks Up with Other Midwestern Metro Areas

The Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area stacks up well with selected Midwestern cities in terms of grocery and transportation costs, but not so well in terms of health care and utility costs, according to a comparative study. The study, done for the Champaign County Economic Development Corp., looked at Champaign-Urbana and 11 other metro areas in the […]

April 19, 2012

Students Learn by Playing with Bugs

Head Start students learned all about insects today. It’s part of the Week of the Young Child. Head Start says the more kids get to interact, the more they learn. Read the full article at

April 16, 2012

Expo Aims to ‘Help People Go Green’

City officials have organized an expo this month at the Champaign Public Library to showcase the community’s green-minded non-profits and to gather feedback on a plan that will lead the city to be more environmentally friendly in the future. The motivation behind the April 23 event from 4 to 8 p.m. is to get public […]

April 2, 2012

AmeriCorps Workers Helping Spread Energy-Efficiency Information

If your doorbell rings and it’s AmeriCorps, these folks are bringing information to the county about home weatherization and energy assistance programs. “Most of the time, people don’t know who we are, and people think we’re trying to sell them something,” said Gabriel Huang, an AmeriCorps worker who has been serving in Champaign County since […]

March 18, 2012

Short-Lived Vision Airlines Experiment Cost UI $117,000

An experiment to bring a discount carrier to Willard Airport cost the University of Illinois about $117,000. As part of its contract with Vision Airlines, the university agreed to a revenue guarantee that promised the UI would pay the airline up to $34,425 per round trip if the airline did not sell enough seats on […]

March 16, 2012

County Board District 7 Q&A: Al Kurtz

Candidates for contested county board races were given the opportunity to answer a series of questions about county government. Here are the answers from Al Kurtz, a Democrat candidate in District 7. Read the full article at

March 15, 2012

Agency Beginning Process to Find Replacement for its Retiring CEO

The Champaign County Economic Development Corp. is preparing to seek a successor to its chief executive officer, John Dimit. Plans call for advertising the position in April, reviewing applications and interviewing candidates in May and recommending a successor in June, said Gary Burgett, chairman of the economic development group’s board of directors. Read the full […]