Ben Zigterman

Ben Zigterman

Peoria Charter credits passenger growth to rise in UI enrollment

URBANA — With the Illinois attorney general suing Suburban Express for alleged harassment and discrimination, you might expect one of its biggest competitors to gloat.

But Peoria Charter Coach is taking the high road.

Just Askin' | High-tech upgrade for Champaign McDonald's

Q: What's happening at the McDonald's on Mattis Avenue?

A: It's being remodeled with digital kiosks, Bluetooth tables and digital drive-thru menu boards.

Family: Carle doctor died on Colorado mountain as result of a fall

ESTES PARK, Colo. — A 60-year-old Urbana man was found dead Friday morning on a Colorado mountain.

Jay Yambert, a Carle physician and avid hiker, had been missing since Tuesday.

“The preliminary indication is that Jay died as a result of a fall,” his family said in a statement distributed by close family friend Mike Metzler.

Flex-N-Gate to double size of Danville plant, add 100 workers

DANVILLE — Auto parts maker Flex-N-Gate plans to double the size of its plastics plant in Danville, adding at least 100 employees.

The company owned by billionaire Shahid Khan will receive $1.2 million in state tax incentives to keep the roughly $20 million project in Illinois.

Obama to speak Sept. 7 at UI

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URBANA — Former President Barack Obama will be speaking on the University of Illinois campus Sept. 7.

Champaign murder suspect has long arrest history

CHAMPAIGN — Police have identified the suspect wanted in the fatal shooting last week of a man outside the American Legion north of downtown.

A warrant on charges of first-degree murder has been issued for Shoen L. Russell, 48, who is accused in the shooting that resulted from a verbal argument turning physical, said Champaign police spokesman Tom Yelich.

Bergner's store at Market Place Mall to close Wednesday

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CHAMPAIGN — Wednesday is the last day to shop at the Champaign Bergner's, one of the anchor stores at Market Place Mall.

Bar ready to tap into new life it poured into downtown Champaign building

CHAMPAIGN — As a business, the Pour Bros. taproom won't have much in common with the car dealership that started out in its building.

But when construction crews were digging trenches for new pipes into the Overland-Rickard Company building, they stumbled on a beer bottle from a local brewing company that no longer exists.

Just Askin' | Privacy fences

Are adult stores required to put up fences?

The Lovers Playground locations in Champaign and Urbana both have fences surrounding their parking lots, but they're not required to.

"I don't know why they do that," said Fred Stavins, the Champaign city attorney. "We don't have adult regulations that would compel that."

Don't bank on checks going away anytime soon

With students arriving over the past week, local banks and credit unions have been busy signing them up for new accounts.

But when they open a checking account, students probably aren't ordering paper checks.