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.
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.
CHAMPAIGN – "Ain't no reason to go anyplace else."
That was once the slogan of Wendy's Old-Fashioned Hamburgers. But as of this week, patrons of the Wendy's on South Neil Street had a very compelling reason to go elsewhere: The restaurant was closed.
URBANA – Mayor Laurel Prussing has changed her mind and signed a city council ordinance that bans smoking in indoor public places and workplaces, but sets different effective dates for bars and restaurants.
The ordinance bans smoking in bars effective Jan. 1, but sets an earlier effective date, Aug. 1, for restaurants and other public places and places of employment. The city council approved the ordinance on June 5 in a 6-1 vote.
DANVILLE – A glance at a map explains why Honda Motor Co. officials opted for an Indiana site over Vermilion County's 2,000-acre proposal.
"Geography got us in it. ... Geography ultimately got us to the final four. But the serious consideration was our location to other Honda sites (in Ohio)," said Vicki Haugen, CEO and president of Vermilion Advantage, the county's economic development agency.
CHAMPAIGN – Local bar owners are organizing to fight a smoking ban in Champaign-Urbana and to represent their interests on other city issues.
An organizational meeting for the CU Bar Owners Association at Memphis on Main Street, 55 E. Main St., C, attracted about 18 bar owners and representatives. About 50 liquor license holders were invited.
CHAMPAIGN – CVS Corp. plans to convert Osco stores in central Illinois to CVS stores, with new signs going up in early July and remodeling starting in late summer or early fall, a CVS spokesman said.
Osco has two stores in Champaign and one each in Urbana, Danville, Charleston and Mattoon. There's no word yet whether any of those stores might close. The Danville Osco at 904 N. Gilbert St. is only a few blocks away from a CVS store at 820 N. Vermilion St.
DANVILLE – Renee McDaniels sometimes sleeps in the last seat on the 40-minute bus ride from Danville to Champaign.
She is a regular on Danville Mass Transit's number 10 route, the latest addition to its system.
Roberta Burnett and the younger of her 12 children spend a lot of time at the Brumback Library in downtown Van Wert.
"We love to go to the library. It's gorgeous inside," said Burnett, standing outside the facility with Leslie and Chelsea, her 13-year-old twins, and her son, Andrew, 9.
CHAMPAIGN – And the winner is: Champaign.
Obiter Research, which makes hard-to-obtain research chemicals, has decided to build a $4 million facility in Champaign's Apollo industrial park, rather than move to Iowa City.