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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.

Glitches pop up during Insight's upgrade

Problems with e-mail and slow and dropped connections on Insight Communications' fast Internet service, which have been plaguing some local residents since at least last week, should be mostly resolved by week's end, company officials say.

Residents who have problems now should try unplugging their cable modems, replugging them, resetting routers or other home networking equipment and restarting their computers, Melody Brucker, Insight's district vice president in Champaign-Urbana, said Wednesday.

Monticello officials consider gasification facility

MONTICELLO – City leaders are considering trying to convince a private company to build a biomass gasification plant in Monticello that would convert waste, crops or other products into energy by producing gas.

For example, a wood gasification plant treats scrap wood, landscape waste and other wood to produce a gas that can fire a turbine to generate electricity.

Staffing company will open center in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Glotel, an international staffing company, plans to open an office in Champaign that will recruit people to fill information-technology jobs nationwide.

The office, at 1902 Fox Drive, will employ nine people when it opens next Monday but could employ as many as 40 to 60 in the next year or so, said Greg Schweinzger, vice president of sales for Chicago-based Glotel North America.

Four of 12 possible coal plant sites in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – One-third of the potential sites for a $1 billion "coal plant of the future" are in Illinois, according to a U.S. Department of Energy announcement on Tuesday.

"FutureGen will be a stepping stone toward a cleaner, more energy-secure future," said a written statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman. "We are extremely pleased that we have 12 quality locations now in the running. One of these sites ultimately will become known worldwide as the place where a new generation of zero-emission energy plants made its debut."

It's your business: Gardening shop sprouts outlet in Champaign

There's a new source for gardeners in Champaign.

Danville Gardens Too, an offshoot of Danville Gardens, has opened at 1413 N. Prospect Ave., C, and is open seven days a week.

Urbana's Fairlawn Village going condo

URBANA – Since the early 1950s, the compact, single-story housing units at Fairlawn Village have been home to generations of tenants.

Now, the leases are being phased out and replaced with mortgages, because Fairlawn is going condo.

State to submit power plant bid this week

TUSCOLA – The state of Illinois intends to nominate Tuscola and three other cities in its bid to land the world's first "zero emissions" power plant, according to local development officials.

"They've told us they're sending all four," said Angela Griffin, president and CEO of Coles Together in Mattoon.