Family and friends of Ashley Gibson, who died last week, address the media in Champaign Wednesday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 27, 2016

Gibson's Mother: 'She Was Full Of Life.'

The family of Ashley Gibson has spoken for the first time since authorities reported the death of the 24-year old from Urbana, whose remains were discovered in Clinton Lake on Sunday.  Her mother, Ranae, says her daughter had dreams of leaving the area and joining the military, and never met a stranger. 

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Dan Linn with Phoenix Botanial addresses a group Sunday in a public forum at the Champaign Public Library.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 20, 2016

Medical Marijuana Site Nearing Completion

Phoenix Botanical, Champaign County's first medical marijuana dispensary, expects to start business in early April.  Dan Linn, the company's General Manager and National Policy Director, addressed about 50 people on the future of the state's pilot program at a public forum Sunday. 

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January 21, 2016

Illinois-American Water Requests 18% Rate Hike

A spokeperson for the water company says the request would amount to an increase of $7.50 on a typical bill.  But because of the Illinois Commerce Commission's 11 month review process, it likely wouldn't be approved until January 2017.  

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Apartment building in Champaign's Campustown neighborhood
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 18, 2016

What Ending Parking Minimums Means To Champaign's Campustown

Champaign city leaders have removed a requirement that apartments in the Campustown neighborhood provide parking.  While developers are still expected to provide some space for cars, goals of the ordinance include less cars on campus, a more urban design, and giving developers the freedom to build the structures they want.

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Marijuana plants
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 04, 2016

Champaign Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open In March

Phoenix Farms expects to open its location, called Phoenix Botanicals, at 1704 S. Neil Street sometime in March.  It's also hired Medical Cannabis Research, which will conduct a series of free seminars in the area to help patients understand the medical marijuana program. They're scheduled for late January and early February.

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Courage Connection
December 09, 2015

State Making Good On Funds For Domestic Violence Shelters

While the larger issue of a state budget remains unsolved, two area social service agencies are among those that expect to see Illinois' share of its funding this month.  They include Champaign-based Courage Connection, which will soon see nearly all its $400,000 that was expected in July.

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