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Grain business seeks zoning for ethanol plant

CHAMPAIGN – The Andersons, a grain storage, marketing and farm fertilizer business in northwest Champaign, is considering building an ethanol plant there.

In response to interest expressed by The Andersons and the possibility of other plant proposals coming down the pipeline, the Champaign County Department of Planning and Zoning has suggested amending the county zoning ordinance.

It's your business: Smokehouse becoming sports bar in Tuscola

The country farmhouse look is on its way out at the former Smokehouse restaurant in Tuscola.

Remodeling is under way to turn the place off Interstate 57 into a modern-looking sports bar and nightclub catering to young adults.

Lab keys on Korea in bid for markets

CHAMPAIGN – Korean schools and factories could be the first big users of food-contamination detectors made by a Champaign-based company.

Kim Laboratories, which has developed quick ways to test for salmonella, E. coli O157 and other bacteria, has already received preliminary orders from a South Korean company for eight devices.

Students shred in 20 steps

Sure, to shred a piece of paper you could just tear it into strips with your hands, and if you don't want to do that, any office supply store sells automatic paper shredders these days.

But where's the fun in that?

Open-air bar proposed for parking deck

URBANA – The second floor of the downtown Urbana parking deck could be transformed into an open-air bar on summer weekend nights, under a proposal before the Urbana City Council.

Urbana bar owners Scott Glassman and Ian Goldberg are proposing to convert part of the upper deck into a Friday and Saturday night outdoor entertainment site, with live "world beat" music, umbrella table seating, portable bars and a small live music stage. The temporary bar would be called The Upper Deck.

Search for new visitors bureau director narrowed to 4 finalists

CHAMPAIGN – Four finalists have been chosen in the search for a permanent executive director for the Champaign-Urbana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The candidates include:

Provena Covenant still being kept in suspense

SPRINGFIELD – The suspense continues for Urbana's Provena Covenant Medical Center, which is waiting to hear whether its tax-exempt status will be restored.

Illinois Department of Revenue Director Brian Hamer on Thursday refused to say when he might issue his final decision, despite repeated questioning at a Senate confirmation hearing.

Tolono's Sunday bar hours will not change

TOLONO – An overflow crowd packed the Tolono Village Board meeting Tuesday, with most speaking out against a proposed change in the village liquor ordinance.

As many as 35 people crowded into the board room and spilled over into the hallway to show their concern about a proposal made last month by bar owner Angie Fry that bars be allowed to open as early as 11 a.m. on Sundays. The village ordinance currently forbids bars from opening until after 1 p.m. on Sundays.

Calculator on Web site takes look at airport competition

CHAMPAIGN – Willard Airport might pick up one of every three travelers it loses to competing airports if those passengers consider driving costs and the value of their time.

That's what recent data from the CMI Tripster cost calculator seem to indicate.

Grievance filed over automated meter plan

This spring Ameren will start installing new automated meters in the area, eventually reducing the need for meter readers.

In response, local meter readers and their union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, have filed grievances.