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CHAMPAIGN – A downtown landmark building has been sold, and one of the new owners said an extensive renovation is in the works.
A partnership made up of Jeffrey Mellander, George Grubb and Bob Ballsrud closed on purchasing the building at 219-223 N. Neil St. – at the southwest corner of Neil and Church streets – a few weeks ago, purchasing it from the Fu family.
SPRINGFIELD – While most pharmacies are obeying a new state law designed to keep methamphetamine ingredients away from illegal drug manufacturers, many convenience stores are not, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reported on Wednesday.
Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are active ingredients in dozens of nonprescription cold medicines, but are also critical for manufacturing meth, a dangerous and illegal stimulant.
When Insight Communications' fast cable Internet service experienced outages amid work on the company's system this month, a lot of folks in Champaign-Urbana and elsewhere suffered from withdrawal.
A broadband Internet connection has become as essential, in many people's minds anyway, as the telephone or morning coffee.
Monical's Pizza in Mahomet has moved into a new, larger building.
And there have been lots of changes made in addition to the location, says General Manager Kyle Smith.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council vote was a close one – 5 to 4 council members in favor of the smoking ban – so perhaps it is no surprise reaction to the ban was also mixed.
When bartender Eileen Ford arrived at the Brass Rail on Wednesday morning, the smoking ban was already a hot topic of conversation.
Insight Communications appears to have largely resolved problems with its cable Internet service that occurred amid an upgrade of the company's system in recent weeks.
"We still want people to call us if they're having problems," Melody Brucker, Insight's district vice president in Champaign-Urbana, said Tuesday. "There may be individual issues."
CHAMPAIGN – Though it was to no avail, a number of Champaign bar owners warned Tuesday that a comprehensive smoking ban will hurt their businesses.
The city council voted 5-4 Tuesday to enact a comprehensive smoking ban in public places, including restaurants and bars, effective Aug. 1. Urbana is expected to enact a similar ban next month.
URBANA – Safety concerns appear likely to kill a proposal to create an open-air beer garden on the second floor of the city's downtown parking deck.
The deck at Main Street and Broadway Avenue is not designed to accommodate a beer-garden use, where hundreds of people could be sitting or walking on the deck floor, without significant structural reinforcement, said engineering firm Desman Associates of Chicago.
CHAMPAIGN – Students are moving out for the summer, but there's no vacation for student housing projects near the University of Illinois campus.
Work continues on the new Stratford House, a four-story women's dormitory at 310 E. Daniel St., C. Owned and operated by the Baptist Student Foundation, the $2.9 million building is expected to house 38 women when it opens this fall.
After two years of working as a nanny, Marcy Price of Champaign found she couldn't keep up with the demand for her time. So she has hired 20 more nannies and gone into business as Nannies Incorporated.
She and her nannies will come to your home and offer full-time or part-time child care, including overnight and weekend hours, for newborns through 16-year-olds. They will also provide light housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation and help with shopping.