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Proposal for bar on Urbana parking deck moves forward

URBANA – Despite some qualms, the Urbana City Council voted tentatively Monday night to move forward on a proposal to allow an open-air bar on the second floor of the downtown parking deck on weekends.

In an 8-0 voice vote, council members instructed city officials to continue negotiating a draft lease with Urbana bar owners Ian Goldberg and Scott Glassman, who are calling the proposed outdoor bar the Upper Deck. It would be in the western part of the parking deck's second floor.

It's your business: Apple store up and running in Champaign

A new Apple computer store has opened in the brand-new Illini Media Co. building at 512 E. Green St., C.

But its sales of computers, laptops, iPods and other gadgets will be limited to University of Illinois students, faculty and staff.

Homer couple finding wide appeal for buckets filled with junk food

HOMER – Curt and Teri Dickinson don't cotton to fancy snack foods like gourmet crackers or cheeses with weird names.

No sirree. Give 'em candy bars and chips. Beef jerky and aerosol cheese.

Proximity to basin, railroad make Tuscola prime site

TUSCOLA – Robert Finley opened a can of Mountain Dew in front of 150 people Tuesday night at the Tuscola Community Center.

No, Finley wasn't thirsty. The Illinois State Geological Survey senior geologist wanted to demonstrate how the fizz in the pop – carbon dioxide – enters the atmosphere.

It's your business: Artie's Pizza goes for slice of the action

After 15 years of working for other pizza businesses, Artie Berns of Urbana got together with some partners and opened one of his own.

Artie's Pizza is now up and running with a pickup and delivery service based at the McKinley Foundation building at 809 S. Fifth St., C.

Radio Maria owners adding on to downtown restaurant

CHAMPAIGN – When David Spears and Sharon Owens opened an offbeat restaurant called Radio Maria in downtown Champaign, they hoped it would leave them some time to continue their other careers as artists.

A decade later, they say, the restaurant itself has become their artwork.

Trio from MBA program making their mark on C-U

CHAMPAIGN – Zak Horn was dubious a year ago when a classmate in the University of Illinois MBA program suggested that they and another student start a consulting company in Champaign-Urbana.

"I told him I just don't think the market is big enough. I don't think we can make a solid business out of it, supporting three guys," recalled Horn, a 27-year-old Sullivan native who had already owned two businesses.

Tuscola counts on new jobs to invigorate community

TUSCOLA – Phyllis Truitt of Tuscola said she was thrilled when she learned her community was one of four Illinois finalists for a $1 billion power plant.

"I think it is going to be wonderful for our community," Truitt said. "The plant could bring more people to town, and more people means building more houses."

Status as one of the finalists surprises Mattoon officials

MATTOON – Mattoon City Administrator Alan Gilmore said he hadn't heard about the FutureGen power plant two weeks ago.

Now his community is one of four Illinois finalists for the $1 billion power plant.

Employers give tips to succeed in an interview

CHAMPAIGN – Curley Lee recently interviewed a job applicant at his Ford of Champaign dealership and was surprised by one of the man's questions.

"What kind of car do I get to drive?" the eager applicant asked.