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Champaign park board to vote on bid for new lights at Dodds Tennis Center

The park district received four bids for the project, with Energy Harvest submitting the lowest one at $61,954.50.

CHAMPAIGN — It will soon be easier for tennis players to see the ball during matches at the Dodds Tennis Center.
At 5:30 p.m. today at the Bresnan Meeting Center, the Champaign park board is scheduled to vote on awarding a bid to install new LED court lighting at the facility.


Good Morning, Illini Nation: Blue-chippers in town

The Illini's important two-day stretch starts today with Utah transfer Donnie Tillman and four-star 2020 guard DJ Steward set to visit campus. Five-star 2021 forward Michael Foster Jr. will visit Thursday

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Area history, June 26, 2019

Today is Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1919, funeral services were set for David Maxwell of Tolono, one of Champaign County's earliest pioneers. Mr. Maxwell had been born in Glasnow, Scotland, before immigrating to Champaign County.
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This day in history, June 26, 2019

Today is Wednesday, June 26, the 177th day of 2019. There are 188 days left in the year.
Today's highlight
On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he delivered his famous speech expressing solidarity with the city's residents, declaring: "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner).
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Election 2020: Democratic debate preview

Editor Jeff D'Alessio asked political junkies on both sides of the aisle for the one thing they're most eager to learn about the crowded field the next two nights.


Pritzker signs law legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois

The effort made it the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana but the first to pass a comprehensive legalization package through the legislature rather than a ballot initiative.


No more ears, noses or throats for Christie doctor after end of week

After nearly a half-century in medicine, Dr. William Youngerman is hanging up his otoscope.

CHAMPAIGN — He's treated countless patients in his own hometown. And after nearly a half-century in medicine, Dr. William Youngerman of Christie Clinic is hanging up his otoscope.
The 78-year-old ear, nose and throat doctor is retiring at the end of the day Friday, and with mixed feelings.


Legally Speaking: Evan Bruno

The partner at Bruno Law Offices in Urbana explains to staff writer Mary Schenk why he and his two partners extracted themselves from Brendt Christensen's federal case almost two years ago.

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The former attorneys for convicted kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen are learning more about their former client as his case moves on to the penalty phase in Peoria.


UI food-, building-service workers set to vote on authorizing strike

Negotiations that have been underway since November stalled last month, and the strike-authorization vote is set for Saturday, sid Ricky Baldwin, chief negotiator for Service Employees International Union Local 73's UIUC Chapter 119.


Champaign council to work on clarifying housing code regarding convictions

Under public pressure, the council has been reviewing a section that allows the denial of housing to most people with felonies. The goal of revising it is to specify exactly which convictions a landlord should be allowed to take into consideration.


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