Ben Zigterman

Ben Zigterman

Just Askin' | Tracking down postcards

Q: Where can I buy a Champaign-Urbana postcard?

A: There's still a few places that have them.

After the demise of postcards was discussed on WDWS 1400-AM's "News Hour," Urbana resident Carletta Donaldson was determined to find one.

Attorneys in Christensen case argue over federal vs. state jurisdiction

PEORIA — U.S. District Judge James Shadid didn't act on motions to dismiss the case against accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen, but did indicate Friday that he'd rule against at least one part of them.

UI Research Park board weighing sale of two more buildings

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Research Park board met this week to consider the sale of two more buildings.

No action was taken, and Research Park officials declined to comment on what was discussed in the closed session.

Owner of KoFusion restaurants buys PNC Bank building for $2.73M

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CHAMPAIGN — The owner of the KoFusion restaurants has bought the PNC Bank building in downtown Champaign.

Potential jurors in Christensen trial getting 31 pages of questions

PEORIA — If you read books, which authors and types of books do you like? Do you regularly listen to any radio talk shows? Have you ever used any online dating apps or websites?

These are some of the questions lawyers want answered by potential jurors in the April 2019 trial of accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen.

Tuscola Outlet Mall still delivering revenue in tough times

TUSCOLA — Shortly after the Tuscola Outlet Mall opened in 1994, 54 stores were doing business there.

At last count, there are 30 stores remaining, with several storefronts empty during the busiest shopping season of the year.

A year after a Long Island-based real estate company bought the mall, Tuscola City Administrator Drew Hoel said not a lot has changed.

With due-process suit settled, UI student appears to have been readmitted

URBANA — A student dismissed from the University of Illinois for an alleged sexual assault has settled his federal lawsuit with the university.

The student, identified only as John Doe, lost his case in July but later appealed it.

He was originally dismissed in April 2017 for 2½ years, with the possibility of readmission after that.

Housing authority set to break ground on Haven project

CHAMPAIGN — Construction is set to begin soon on a $15 million housing authority project on the north side of Champaign.

The Housing Authority of Champaign County is planning a groundbreaking Dec. 14 on its Haven project on Interstate Drive, behind Walmart.

UPDATED: Christensen trial moved to Peoria

Brendt Christensen will be tried for the kidnapping and killing of Yingying Zhang 90 miles from where the alleged crimes occurred.