CHAMPAIGN – Tired of talking with Peoria and Decatur about possible inclusion in their foreign trade zones, Champaign County is considering setting up one of its own.
The Champaign County Economic Development Corp. is researching the possibility of hiring a Kansas City, Mo., law firm, Miller & Company, to help set up such a zone.
Bill Mount and Paul Johnson meet at the Courtview Restaurant every morning for coffee. On this day, Johnson has to rush off, not to a job, but to let the dogs out.
He and Mount are longtime friends and retired from a local steel company that's closed now. Although they don't need jobs, both are rooting for Honda to put its new manufacturing plant in Washington Court House, a community that's been good to them.
CHAMPAIGN – When Christie Clinic opened its own cancer center this spring in downtown Champaign, nearby Provena Covenant Medical Center predicted the competition would make a substantial dent in the hospital's income.
Now, the hospital is lining up to object to another Christie Clinic expansion project: a new outpatient surgery center.
It's 8 a.m., overcast and raining, but inside the Courtview Restaurant on the square in Washington Court House, Ohio, the chatter is lively.
The waitress dishes out breakfast specials and plenty of hot coffee to the regulars. Some perch on swivel top stools lining the counter. Others, such as retired department store manager Wes Cox, bunch at tables with friends, talking sports, politics or the topic of the day.
CHAMPAIGN – Outdoor cafes could soon begin appearing along Green Street in Campustown, but city officials don't want customers to be able to drink alcohol at those cafes.
The Champaign City Council will consider at its study session Tuesday night whether to allow outdoor cafes along Green Street, between Wright and Fourth streets.
URBANA – Wednesday night, Terry Davis Jr. got one step closer to realizing his dream of opening a small take-out restaurant.
Davis' restaurant, tentatively named Ben's Kitchen, received unanimous approval from the Urbana Zoning Board of Appeals to occupy the space at 117 W. Washington St., U.
CHAMPAIGN – Pickus Companies of Highland Park won't begin construction this year of an 18-story apartment building at the former Burnham City Hospital site, according to a top company official.
But the company remains committed to the project and hopes to start construction on the 259-unit building by February, said Joel Pickus, a principal with Pickus Companies.
DANVILLE – For local fans, the football season may not end in January next year.
Officials from The American Indoor Football League and The David S. Palmer Arena inked a deal on Monday that will bring an indoor football team to Danville.
FARMER CITY – Some Farmer City residents are beginning to fear the ramifications if the city council and the Farmer City Fair Association are unable to settle their impasse over the fate of the Farmer City fairgrounds and raceway and South Park.
The fair association leases the fairgrounds and raceway from the city, while the city leases the park from the fair association.
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign Park District officials hope to close today on the purchase of 18 acres in the Boulder Ridge subdivision where a city park is planned.
The park district board voted Monday night to authorize park district Executive Director Bobbie Herakovich to buy the property from GAM Properties LLC, the developer of Boulder Ridge.