Ben Zigterman

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PNC Bank ready to make move to 'state-of-the-art' branch in Midtown Plaza

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CHAMPAIGN — PNC is putting the final touches on its new bank branch at Midtown Plaza.

The downtown branch at 30 E. Main St. is closing Friday, and after everything's moved over, the new one at 302 S. First St. is scheduled to open Tuesday.

Christensen trial: Judge rejects motions to suppress evidence, dismiss case

URBANA — Attorneys for accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen have lost a handful of bids to suppress evidence in the federal death-penalty case against the former University of Illinois graduate student.

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge James Shadid denied six motions made by the defense at hearings last month in Peoria and Urbana.

Champaign library's Girls Who Code class aims to reformat gender gap

CHAMPAIGN — After launching several services geared toward entrepreneurs in 2018, the Champaign Public Library is turning its attention to another major issue in the tech community: the gender gap.

Women represent just 26 percent of the computing workforce, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Killeen remains optimistic about DPI after talk with Pritzker over holidays

URBANA — University of Illinois President Tim Killeen remains optimistic about the future of the Discovery Partners Institute under newly inaugurated Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

For drivers, fuel savings now outweigh possible economic downside later

CHAMPAIGN — Until recently, virtually everyone agreed that low gasoline prices are good for the economy as a whole.

But with the U.S. now the top-producing oil country, the effect of lower gas prices is less clear.

Just Askin' | Squirrel fitness

Q: Do squirrels lose weight during the winter?

A: There are a lot of factors in play, but according to a couple experts, squirrels likely will lose weight during the winter.

Ed Heske, a retired mammalian ecologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, said, "I'm sure they lose weight."

Super-wealthy office seekers appears to be growing trend

SPRINGFIELD — When J.B. Pritzker is sworn in as Illinois' 43rd governor Monday (listen live on WDWS at noon), the Hyatt hotels heir will become the wealthiest politician in the country.

With a Forbes-estimated net worth of $3.2 billion, he's now worth about $100 million more than President Donald Trump.

UPDATE: Work on Champaign Golden Corral to begin in spring

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CHAMPAIGN — Golden Corral finally picked up its building permit Wednesday, according to Larry Happ, Champaign's building safety supervisor.

Happ said constuction would begin this spring: "No sooner than April."

Farmers get more time to apply for bailout funds

CHAMPAIGN — As the federal government was in the midst of the third week of a partial shutdown, farmers were granted an extension Tuesday on a deadline to receive bailout payments.

Farmers had until Jan. 15 to apply for the assistance, part of a $12 billion package the Trump administration offered them after a trade war with China hurt crop prices.

Horizon Hobby CEO remembered as 'visionary leader'

URBANA — Horizon Hobby is mourning the death of its longtime CEO, Joe Ambrose.

Mr. Ambrose, who died unexpectedly Friday at age 61, joined the Champaign-based company in 2005 as vice president of distribution after spending 20 years as a corporate lawyer in Bloomington.