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Could I borrow a slice of Net service?

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.

It's your business: Mahomet Monical's changes location, menu

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.

Smoking ban hot topic of conversation

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.

Most cable Net glitches appear to be resolved

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."

Bar owners express concerns

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.

Deck stacked against beer garden

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.

Work continues on new dorm, new duplexes in campus area

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.

It's your business: Nannies service takes care of kids, other duties

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.

Urbana pondering open-air bar, but neighbors appear reluctant

URBANA – Most people who look at the downtown Urbana parking deck see a place to park their vehicles.

Ian Goldberg sees a slice of tropical paradise.

Savoy in talks to land Schnucks

SAVOY – The village and a developer are in talks to bring a Schnucks grocery to Savoy.

The grocery would be part of a face-lift at The Savoy Plaza, near the corner of U.S. 45 and Curtis Road.