Ben Zigterman

Ben Zigterman

Silver Bullet owners buy lot next door, plan 'neighborhood-friendly restaurant'

URBANA — The owners of the Silver Bullet strip club have purchased the vacant property next door.

Ed and Michelle Salfelder plan to create a "neighborhood-friendly restaurant, with some retail space," they said in an announcement released Thursday by the city of Urbana.

Memphis on Main closing Nov. 1 after lease not renewed

CHAMPAIGN — A downtown bar was set to close Thrusday, though its owner hopes to reopen relatively soon.

The managers of Memphis on Main, 55 E. Main St., said they were unable to renew its lease.

"Unfortunately, we were unable to secure a lease with the landlords," said Zac Sickler, the bar's managing partner along with his father, Rod.

Police identify suspect in north Champaign shooting

CHAMPAIGN — A warrant has been issued for a 20-year-old Champaign man identified by police as a suspect in Tuesday's non-fatal shooting.

Jaliqwon Robertson is wanted on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm; bond has been set at $500,000.

Neighbors worried about alley access during high-rise's construction

CHAMPAIGN — The owner of the Cracked restaurant on Green Street is not looking forward to more than 18 months of construction in his backyard.

Second-place bidder now has dibs on Landmark Hotel

URBANA — The historic Landmark Hotel is expected to sell for $100,000 less than expected after the top bidder in last month's auction failed to place a 10 percent deposit.

Las Vegas-based real-estate firm JWM Ventures LLC bid $1.3 million for the Urbana hotel in September.

Lot of research, money goes into giving traffic signals the green light

CHAMPAIGN — When a city wants to install a new stoplight, it's not cheap.

Local public works officials estimate an intersection's traffic signals cost $250,000 to $300,000.

Just Askin' | PNC on the move

Q: When is PNC's downtown Champaign branch going to move?

A: In January.

The last day at the 30 E. Main St. location will be Friday, Jan. 18.

"At 3 p.m., the branch will close to facilitate the move and will reopen at the new location on Tuesday, January 22, 2019," PNC market manager Andrew Baker wrote last week in a letter to customers.

Rauner on pollution at suburban Chicago plant: 'The process has been ongoing'

CHAMPAIGN — In an appearance Friday afternoon on WDWS-1400 AM, Gov. Bruce Rauner responded to a report that his administration delayed notifying the public about toxic pollution from a medical-equipment plant in Chicago suburbs.

Champaign County home sales down 10 percent in September over 2017

CHAMPAIGN — With interest rates and prices both on the rise, Champaign County home sales declined in September by about 10 percent compared with a year ago.

Last month, 218 homes were sold, down from 241 in September 2017, according to the Champaign County Association of Realtors.

Even so, home sales for the year are slightly ahead of where they were at this time last year.

C-U jobless rate up slightly in September over 2017, but still under 4%

The Champaign-Urbana unemployment rate increased slightly in September compared with a year ago, but remains fairly low at 3.8 percent.

The Champaign-Urbana metro area has seen a net total of 600 jobs added since September 2017, when the rate was 3.7 percent.