If you're maintaining a city budget in Illinois you better keep some money on hand to pay for mailboxes. Lots of them. Mailboxes that sit along the side of streets are frequent casualties of wintersnow-plowing. Champaign city officials tell The News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1aYPH5y ) thatover the past three winters at least 232 people have complained that snowplowshave damaged their mailboxes. The repairs and replacements cost a combined $6,582. That doesn't include thelabor.