Urbana looking for submissions on King project

The City of Urbana is looking to the community to create a piece of art to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The city is asking artists to submit a proposal for a sculpture or other artwork that would be placed in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Fairview Avenue on the city's north side.

New movie offers reason to recall Tuskegee Airmen's time in Rantoul

On March 22, 1941, the 99th Pursuit Squadron — the first unit of the Tuskegee Airmen — was activated not in Tuskegee, Ala., but at an Army Air Corps training facility in Illinois known as Chanute Field.

Emmylou Harris at the Virginia 2012

Photos from the meet and greet after the Jan. 27, 2012 Emmylou Harris concert at the Viriginia Theater in Champaign.

New restaurant may take former Gould space by spring

CHAMPAIGN — The space recently vacated by Jim Gould Restaurant could become the home of another restaurant, Big Grove Tavern, this spring, a spokeswoman for One Main Development said.

"I would describe it as extremely accessible, with a more palatable price point for more people," said Cynthia Faullin, One Main's vice president of development.

Goodrich considering renovation of Savoy 16

SAVOY — Goodrich Quality Theatres is considering a renovation of the Savoy 16 theater complex at Savoy Plaza, an area manager for the company said.

School of Music director headed Down Under

URBANA — Karl Kramer, director of the University of Illinois School of Music, has resigned effective March 31 to take a new position in Sydney, Australia.

Kennedy's restaurant closes

Updated 1:40 p.m. Monday

URBANA — Kennedy's Restaurant at Stone Creek Golf Course served its last meal on Sunday, owner Luke Kennedy said Monday.

Museum expansion 'bringing us up to this century'

MAHOMET — If you've driven past the Museum of the Grand Prairie on Illinois 47 recently, you might have noticed construction crews at work.

Champaign council may raise cafe fees

CHAMPAIGN — City council members Tuesday night could enact changes to Champaign's outdoor cafe licensing program if they approve proposals brought to them by city officials.

The council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday (Jan. 17) at 7 p.m. in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

Ceremony shares visions of King's dream

URBANA — Even during President Barack Obama's first term, post-racial America is still a dream, but people of different backgrounds can continue to move toward the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s goals if they "exhaust" themselves.