Ben Zigterman

Ben Zigterman

Champaign County home sales up slightly in June over 2017

CHAMPAIGN — Slightly more homes were sold in Champaign County this June compared with a year ago.

According to the latest report from the Champaign County Association of Realtors, 391 homes were sold, up 1.82 percent from the 384 that were sold in June 2017.

Association President Max McComb said the housing market has been busy this summer.

Financing snag puts deal to move Burnham Mansion on ropes

CHAMPAIGN — The on-again, off-again effort to save the Burnham Mansion appears to be off again.

In an email Friday, preservationist Chris Enck said he hit a “snag a couple of days ago with the financing” of the project.

State fines Helia Healthcare $75,000 over two more resident deaths

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign nursing home fined earlier this year for a resident's death has been hit with another $75,000 in penalties following the deaths of two other residents.

El Charro being replaced by 7-story apartment building

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CHAMPAIGN — Developer Chris Saunders bought the site of a former Mexican restaurant and grocery store in Campustown and plans to turn it into a seven-story apartment building.

Attorney for Suburban Express owner says he wants out

CHAMPAIGN — The lawyer for Suburban Express owner Dennis Toeppen wants to withdraw as counsel because of unpaid fees and a strategic impasse.

In addition to a lawsuit from the Illinois Attorney General, Toeppen faces a lawsuit from his business's insurer, which doesn't want to provide coverage for the state lawsuit.

Former Champaign Elks Lodge to be turned into apartments

CHAMPAIGN — Green Street Realty plans to convert the former Elks Lodge in downtown Champaign to apartments.

Now used by Rosecrance as a residential treatment facility, Green Street Realty owner Chris Saunders said the building at 122 W. Hill St. will house 26 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Chief T-shirt settlement details: UI paying alum $7,500 to halt sales

PARK RIDGE — The University of Illinois is paying $7,500 to the Chicago-area alum who made T-shirts that said "Make Illinois Great Again" on the back and had a drawing of Chief Illiniwek on the front.

In exchange, Ted O'Malley has to stop selling the shirt and agreed not to sell similar T-shirts in the future.

Agriculture giant Nutrien buying Champaign startup Agrible for $63 million

CHAMPAIGN — One of the world's largest agriculture companies is buying local ag-tech startup Agrible for $63 million.

Nutrien, until recently known as Crop Production Services, plans to keep Agrible and its 55 employees in Champaign, where it has office space in the University of Illinois Research Park.

UI student accused of pointing pellet gun at cops pleads not guilty

URBANA — The 23-year-old University of Illinois student who allegedly aimed a pellet gun at police, prompting them to shoot him last week, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct at his arraignment Monday.

Just Askin' | Taking a lot of gambles

Q: What are the top video-gambling spots in C-U and Danville?

A: Measured by the amount played from January through May of this year in Champaign, Urbana or Danville, the Mach 1 gas station and convenience store at 902 W. Bloomington Road comes out on top, with $5.95 million gambled at its five machines.