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Obama speech on federal budget

Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery

The Country We Believe In

The George Washington University

Washington, DC

April 13, 2011


Four months in, occupants pleased with super-efficient Equinox House

URBANA – Four months after the move-in, the Equinox House has lived up to Ty Newell's expectations.

The super-efficient house in Urbana's Beringer Commons subdivision is not only finished, but furnished.

Local firms' goods touted by state

FARMER CITY – At Salt Creek Alpacas, the hot gift item this year is socks.

The socks, made of wool from alpacas, don't come cheap. Proprietor Dee Stielow says a pair generally costs about $18.

"But when you buy one, you'll come back for more," she said. "They're the warmest socks you'll ever own."

Westchester auction, real estate arms get new name

CHAMPAIGN – The auction and real estate arms of the Westchester Group have gotten a new identity as the result of a change in ownership.

Westchester Auctions and Westchester Real Estate are now known as Murray Wise Associates, named for the man who founded Westchester Group in 1986.

Rantoul pork plant to reopen

RANTOUL – Rantoul's pork-processing plant will reopen.

Trim-Rite, a Carpentersville-based company that also operates a pork-processing plant in that community, has shelved plans to open a facility in DeKalb and instead has selected the Rantoul site.

Rantoul Mayor Neal Williams said he has been told that a formal announcement is expected Friday.

Andersons Inc. has better 2nd quarter than in 2009

MAUMEE, Ohio – The Andersons Inc. reported second-quarter net income of $25.2 million, up from $15.9 million in the second quarter of 2009.

That equated to earnings of $1.36 per diluted share, compared with 87 cents per diluted share for the same quarter a year ago.

Subway apologizes to customers, says salmonella danger is past

CHAMPAIGN – Subway has a message for its Illinois customers:

We're sorry. Please come back.

A statement the company issued Wednesday, as the total number of confirmed salmonella cases linked to Illinois Subway restaurants reached 80, included:

Partners focus on raising quality, hormone-free beef

While planning the menu for D.G. Sullivan's, their new Gibson City pub and eatery, the Volker family knew they wanted to tap into the local markets as much as they could.

They chose to feature beer from Two Brothers Brewery and wine from Alto Vineyards, both Illinois-based businesses.

Local officials worried after emerald ash borer found in Loda

LODA – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is preparing a quarantine of Iroquois County prohibiting transportation of wood products that might be infested by the emerald ash borer.

The development follows the discovery of the tree-devouring pest in at least a dozen ash trees along Interstate 57 near Loda this month.

The agriculture department announced confirmation Thursday that the beetle had infested about a dozen trees at the rest stop on southbound I-57 just north of Loda.

Meeting on 2010 goals for Market on the Square set Tuesday

URBANA – A meeting to set goals for the downtown farmers' market is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., U, with follow-up sessions in March and April. The first meeting will include city staff and a steering committee made up of market vendors, local businesses, elected officials and the public.

They will create mission and vision statements for the 2010 season and set goals for the future, according to Rebecca Bird, a city planner working with Lisa Bralts, director of Market at the Square.