Ben Zigterman

Ben Zigterman

UI professor to lead $5 million study on switchgrass as biofuel

URBANA — For the past several years, a University of Illinois professor has been developing a variety of switchgrass for biofuels called Independence.

At the University of Nebraska, other researchers have been developing a variety called Liberty.

A new $5 million U.S. Department of Education grant will study real-world applications for these and other varieties.

'Yards' group heads to D.C. to lobby for federal grants for project

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After pitching the Champaign City Council on the plan for "The Yards" development in the southern part of downtown, local officials traveled to the nation's capital to secure federal funding for the estimated $200 million project.

Urbana's Landmark Hotel sold for $1.3 million

URBANA — After a $3.95 million bid for the Landmark Hotel failed to meet owner Xiao Jin Yuan's reserve price in December, the hotel went up for auction again this week.

"The owner has lowered his expectations significantly," his broker Rick George said Monday.

Demolition begins on Champaign apartment building destroyed in April fire

CHAMPAIGN — Construction crews have begun demolishing an apartment building destroyed earlier this year by fire.

Green Street Realty's building at 609 S. Randolph St. erupted in flames April 27, displacing 97 residents. Investigators were unable to determine a cause, and the building has been boarded up since.

17-floor 'Hub on Campus' aims to open at Sixth and Green in August 2020

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CHAMPAIGN — The latest high-rise coming to Campustown could include a fitness center with a steam room, a study lounge, a business center, barbecue stations and a rooftop pool.

Police on scene of single-vehicle crash at I-57/74 interchange

CHAMPAIGN — State police are on the scene of a single-vehicle crash on the ramp connecting westbound Interstate 74 to southbound Interstate 57.

The crash involves injuries, trooper Matt Gordon said.

The ramp is open, but Gordon urged drivers to use caution in the area.

Second try at auction of Urbana's Landmark Hotel starts today

Hear from Mayor Diane Marlin Tuesday at 4:20 on WDWS.

URBANA — With an auction set to begin today for the Landmark Hotel, officials are hoping the sequel's a bigger hit than the original.

Just Askin' | Remodeling at KFC/A&W in Savoy

Q: What's going on with the KFC/A&W in Savoy?

A: The store at 1321 N. Dunlap Ave. is being remodeled.

"It is temporarily closed," said Lori Eberenz, a spokeswoman for KFC. "It's getting a roof repair and will reopen once that has been completed."

Champaign County group hopes farmers reach for the STAR

CHAMPAIGN — If a homeowner wants an energy-efficient washing machine, they can look for an Energy Star appliance.

If a college wants to show that it's newest building is "green," it can be certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program.

Single-vehicle crash, slide-offs reported on I-57 near Pesotum

UPDATE, 6 p.m.:

PESOTUM — The scene is cleared and all lanes are again open, state police said.

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Original story, published 5:15 p.m.:

PESOTUM — State police are on the scene of a single-vehicle crash and slide-offs on southbound Interstate 57 near Pesotum.