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Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.
(Vermilion County Coroner's Office)
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Vermilion Coroner Johnson Will Not Run For 5th Term

Peggy Johnson, a Republican, said in a statement that she decided to retire as Vermilion County Coroner when her current term concludes in November, 2016. She said her decision came "after careful consideration and many heartfelt talks with my family".

Jon Daniel’s home was raided last spring after he created the Twitter account that spoofed Peoria’s Mayor and included raunchy messages before it was suspended.
(Photo: Alex Rusicano/WCBU)
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Peoria Settles Lawsuit Over Parody Twitter Account

The City of Peoria is paying $125,000 to a man who created a parody Twitter account of the city’s mayor.  The payment settles a federal lawsuit involving free speech and social media.

Sital Uprety works with his water samples in Nepal.
Courtesy of Sital Uprety
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Nepali Engineering Students Help Rebuild After Nepal’s Earthquake

A group of University of Illinois students from Nepal spent the summer helping to rebuild their country after last spring's 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The series of quakes and aftershocks killed some 9,000 people and destroyed buildings and infrastructure. Engineering student Sital Uprety tested and rebuilt water sanitation systems and talked with us about the trip.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen
(University of Illinois)
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Killeen Says U of I Exploring Ways To Streamline Administration

U of I President Tim Killeen says the university is reviewing its administrative functions, looking at more centralized services and trying to avoid "duplicative work". His comments follow Gov. Bruce Rauner's renewal of a call for less spending on administration in higher education, and more spending on classroom functions.

Rockome Gardens, the tourist site that operated in rural Arcola.
(Photo provided by Kathy on Flickr )
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Arthur Man Revives Zoo Plans With Rockome Gardens Purchase

James Aikman's plans for a wildlife park in Moultrie County were thwarted over the concerns of landowners.  But Aikman announced Tuesday that he's purchased the former Rockome Gardens family tourist site near Arcola with hopes of opening there by May 2016.