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EAST ST. LOUIS – Christine Jackson already was thinking she would like to attend the University of Illinois.

"I've always wanted to go there ever since, like, the basketball team, and it's pretty close to home," the 16-year-old Belleville East High School student said recently.

Rantoul-area site was offered for Honda plant

RANTOUL – Champaign County offered one site for consideration when Honda was deciding where to put its new automotive plant, economic development officials said.

The 1,400-acre site was near Rantoul's industrial park, and Honda didn't seem to pursue much follow-up information about it, according to Reed Berger, Rantoul's economic development director.

Danville landmark closing its doors

DANVILLE – Terri Shipman has sweet memories of stopping by Arnholt Bakery after grocery shopping with her mother, Carole.

From the glass counters, she'd carefully pick out a gingerbread man in an iced shirt and shorts or a gingerbread girl sporting a skirt. Years ago she started taking her son, Eli, 8, for the same treat.

Champaign man travels many paths before becoming restaurant owner

CHAMPAIGN – Long before he became a restaurateur, Harold Allston dreamed of being a chess champion, or the next Great American Novelist.

But a chance job he took at the now-defunct Greater Downtown Food & Beverage restaurant in downtown Champaign started him on a different path.

Rental registry proposal irks Urbana landlords

URBANA – It's just a draft ordinance, subject to future changes. But a proposed rental registration and systematic inspection program in Urbana is already drawing heat from landlords.

The Urbana City Council, as the committee of the whole, will discuss the draft starting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

Shopping center plan endorsed for Urbana

URBANA – The Atkins Group is planning to break ground in late July or early August on a 7-acre commercial development at the southeast corner of Windsor and Philo roads.

The development will be called The Pines at Stone Creek Commons. It will include six standalone buildings with 28,000 square feet of space grouped around a plaza. The development will also include three outlots of about an acre each that will be marketed for sale.

UI Researchers create computer that recognizes body movement

Read my lips isn't the half of it.

When humans talk, we do more than pay attention to the words coming out of our mouths.

Madigan seeking audit of water company

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants the Illinois Commerce Commission to audit Illinois American Water's statewide billing, metering and customer service operations, she announced on Wednesday.

"Illinois American's customers deserve the best possible service for the rates they pay," Madigan stated in a written release. "Our investigation revealed that these customers cannot rely on the billing they receive and that customer service follow-up is inadequate."

UI Researchers get ultrasound to act like laser light

Richard Weaver appears almost giddy talking about sound waves.

Here's something cool, he relates. Stand in a big echoing room, like a cathedral, clap your hands, and listen to the sound bouncing around.

New foundation off to solid beginning

CHAMPAIGN – It's only a few months old, but already the newly created Champaign Parks Foundation has collected more than $80,000 to help support city parks.

The foundation was created late last year by the Champaign Park District to provide additional financial support to the park district, which derives most of its income through property taxes.