Ben Zigterman

Ben Zigterman

Christensen's lawyers ask court to delay trial until October

PEORIA — Lawyers for accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen asked the U.S. District Court on Friday to delay his trial until October.

That would be at least a six-month delay from the trial currently scheduled to begin in April and more than two years after visiting University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang was last seen entering Christensen's car June 9, 2017.

Second request not to move accused Ford County terrorist also denied

MINNEAPOLIS — After attorneys for a Ford County man accused of crimes related to an alleged homegrown terrorist group tried and failed last week to keep him in central Illinois, his public defender in Minnesota tried the same and also failed.

Champaign man arrested after allegedly forcing woman into her car trunk

CHAMPAIGN — Police arrested a Champaign man Friday after he allegedly held a razor to the throat of a woman who was giving him a ride early Thursday morning and forced her into the trunk of her vehicle.

According to Champaign police, Robert D. Jackson, 32, requested a ride from the 21-year-old woman at 1:38 a.m. Thursday at a Circle K gas station on North Prospect Avenue in Champaign.

Green Street strip mall to be razed to make way for apartment building

CHAMPAIGN — Construction crews began preparing Thursday to tear down a Green Street strip mall on the western edge of Campustown to make way for a $30 million, six-story apartment building, according to a building permit sought by the new owners.

Prosecutors: Evidence of handprint-shaped bloodstains found in Christensen's apartment

PEORIA — Prosecutors said Wednesday that evidence of handprint-shaped bloodstains was found in the apartment of Brendt Christensen, who is accused of kidnapping and killing visiting University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang.

Ms. Zhang, from China, was last seen June 9, 2017, entering Christensen's car near a bus stop on campus and is presumed dead by the FBI.

UI increasing parking-permit rates for faculty, staff by 12.5 percent

URBANA — The University of Illinois is raising its parking-permit rates for faculty and staff in July by 12.5 percent, the first increase since 2012.

Parking-meter rates will also increase in July 2023, from $1 an hour to $1.25 an hour.

Culver's set to open new location near downtown Urbana

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URBANA — A new Culver's is expected to open later this year near downtown Urbana.

Coming to the long-vacant lot at the southwest corner of University Avenue and Race Street, the newest Culver's will join two in Champaign and one in Danville.

UI Research Park board gets first look at EnterpriseWorks 2.0 design

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois Research Park board members heard a presentation Monday for what could be a $15 million expansion of the EnterpriseWorks incubator space.

The $14,000 concept from architecture and engineering firm Clark Enerson Partners would include an EnterpriseWorks 2.0 building just to the east of the existing building at 60 Hazelwood Drive, C.

Hard work, rise of craft beers help 'friendly' taverns thrive

From 2004 to 2014, 1 in 6 neighborhood bars closed in the United States, according to a Nielsen report, and that trend doesn't appear to be slowing.

But several in the area have survived for decades in an industry known for high turnover, and despite being known for cheap beer, some have thrived by adapting to the rise of craft beers.

Just Askin' | Grange Grove beer sales

Q: How much revenue do beer sales at Grange Grove bring in?

A: Nearly $1,500 per game during the 2018 football season.

During six games at Memorial Stadium last year, the Grange Grove beer tent brought in $8,704.