February 2012

February 2012

Budget woes can hardly be worse

State legislators face a twin challenge as they try to escape public blame while making tough budget choices.

Members of the Illinois House and Senate will have their hands full this week when they begin to pick their way through Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed $33.9 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Reborn & Refreshed: Mia Za's

CHAMPAIGN — The Campustown fire that forced the closure of two restaurants and a clothing store last spring gave Bruce Hink another chance to think.

And think he did, about how he would re-create Mia Za's, the Italian-themed restaurant he opened in 2000 at 629 E. Green St., C.

It's Your Business: Ford City considers old Best Buy space

Ford City, the Ford-Lincoln dealership in Champaign, is considering a move north to the former Best Buy property on Anthony Drive in Champaign.

The move would put the dealership close to the Interstate 74 interchange with North Prospect Avenue, said Mark Pelafos, chief operating officer for Worden Martin Inc.

Legislator asking state to cover management costs on struggling tuition plan

By Andrew Thomason/Illinois Statehouse News

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois' distressed prepaid tuition program could receive a cash infusion from taxpayers, even though it is not backed by the state.

UI women wrap up regular season at Wisconsin

Illinois (11-17, 5-10 Big Ten) travels to Madison looking for a season split against Wisconsin (8-19, 4-11) at 2 p.m. today:

In the news

Where are they now? White and Herman retain teaching positions

URBANA — Every Tuesday evening, students file into a classroom at Wohlers Hall for a business law course on U.S. corporate governance called "Ultimate Leadership."

Their professor? University of Illinois President Emeritus B. Joseph White, who held the university's top job from 2005 to 2009.

Sinatra's playlist

In his wonderful Assembly Hall story this morning, Paul Klee writes that the big hall cannot remember Frank Sinatra's playlist from his Nov. 1, 1990, show. I preserved it although this may not be the right order (it doesn't seem like it would be) ...

Come Rain or Come Shine

World on A String

Summer Wind

Someone Who Needs Me

You Make Me Feel So Young

Back to basics: Manufacturer, store coupons are different

Last week, we covered frequently asked questions about coupon overage.

This week, we'll tackle another dilemma for beginners: the difference between manufacturer coupons and store coupons.

Dear Jill,

I have a $1 coupon for a brand of cheese. The coupon has the supermarket's logo on it.

Studio Visit: Michele Miller

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with painter Michele Miller of Urbana. In the Feb.

Getting Personal: Judy Wiegand

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Meg Dickinson chats with Champaign schools Superintendent Judy Wiegand. Getting Personal appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. In the Feb.