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Construction on breast cancer center could start sooner than planned

URBANA – Construction will start sooner than planned on the Carle Foundation's new breast cancer research and treatment center, provided a state board approves the project next month.

Fundraising is still far from finished, but Carle officials say they now hope to break ground in April on the center – which has been named the Mills Breast Cancer Institute – at the southeast corner of University Avenue and Orchard Street in Urbana.

Champaign company works hard on 'Saint's Row' for eager gamers

CHAMPAIGN – At first glance, you might think Jacques Hennequet is one of the luckiest guys in town.

He's not only got an Xbox 360 at his disposal – the hot new video game machine beaucoup kids, and kids at heart, want but few can get this holiday season – he's got lots of them.

It's your business: Neil Street to become Walgreens' 4th C-U site

Walgreens is definitely making it four new drugstore locations in Champaign-Urbana.

The building permit has been issued, and construction on the fourth store has started at Neil Street and Kirby Avenue in Champaign.

Energy prospectors return to area

Dateline: Pesotum, 1966.

"Oil Strike Believed to be Producer" read a headline in The News-Gazette. A few months later: "S. Champaign, N. Douglas County Oil Boom Predicted."

Well, Champaign is no Houston. The boom never came.

But the prospectors are back.

Christie looks at I-57/I-74 land for new clinic

CHAMPAIGN – With more than half its patients driving in from outside Champaign-Urbana these days, Christie Clinic thinks some land off the junction of two interstates might be a handy spot to build a new clinic.

In fact, Christie Clinic is already working with a local developer, the Atkins Group, on a study that could lead to a new clinic being built right off the I-74/I-57 interchange in the far northwest corner of Champaign, according to the clinic's Chief Executive Alan Gleghorn.

Volunteer group aiding minority businesses plans to gear up in '06

CHAMPAIGN – For six years, Seon Williams has been cutting hair at The Whip Hair Designs. Two other stylists work with him at the barbershop on North Fourth Street.

But he might not have gotten the business going without help from the Community Collaboration for Economic Development.

It's your business: Bar Louie heading to Campustown for 16th site

Bar Louie, which got its start in Chicago in 1991, will open its 16th location next month, in Champaign's Campustown.

The opening is set for Jan. 10 at 510 E. John St.

Conair, IEPA finalizing settlement agreement

RANTOUL – Conair Corporation and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency are finalizing a settlement agreement related to the company's alleged violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act.

The Illinois attorney general's office, for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, filed a complaint against Conair in June. Conair manufacturers health and beauty aid products in its plant at 205 Shelhouse Drive, Rantoul.

It's your business: Cold Stone to feature cool mix of ice cream

Cold Stone Creamery, a national chain of premium ice cream shops, will open a location in Campustown next year.

It will be built at 505 E. Green St., and the opening is set for next spring.

Auto dealer uses lessons learned from basketball career

CHAMPAIGN – Curley Lee says lessons he learned as a point guard for the San Diego Clippers helped him become a better car salesman.

Lee, who took over the Ford dealership in Champaign in August 2004, previously operated Courtesy Ford-Lincoln-Mercury in Danville for six years.