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CHAMPAIGN – The Rev. Eugene Barnes is on a mission.
Though he's a man of God, he's worried about the activities of men right now.
Ever wish you had more hours in your day to get stuff done?
Two Champaign women say their new errand-running services can help.
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.
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – 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."