There will soon be a lot more than flowers at Barsch Florist in downtown Champaign.
Owner Judy Boewe is expanding the shop at 334 N. Walnut St. – adding a self-serve coffee, tea and cookie bar, sidewalk tables and chairs, gift items, handmade jewelry, handmade willow furniture and antiques – all within the existing space.
CHAMPAIGN – Rarely a day goes by when Champaign psychiatrist Linda Derum doesn't have to say no to somebody seeking an opening in her busy practice.
Usually she doesn't have time for new patients, she said, but she generally spends a few minutes on the phone trying to offer callers some options.
DANVILLE – Rising water along the North Fork River and Lake Vermilion caused a fishing boat to capsize over the weekend, stranding three fishermen in the water until they were rescued by emergency personnel.
According to Vermilion County Sheriff's Department authorities, three Danville area men put their boat in the North Fork River about 4 a.m. Saturday and were fishing where the river runs into Lake Vermilion, on the lake's north side.
CHAMPAIGN – When the track at the University of Illinois Armory reopens later this fall, runners and walkers will be exercising on a new, more cushioned surface, and they will have more convenient access to restrooms and a drinking fountain.
But the track will no longer be open for all to use free of charge.
CHAMPAIGN – It was about nine months ago that University of Illinois senior Jennifer Tayabji lost her psychiatrist at Christie Clinic and found herself in urgent need of another to take over her care.
She soon learned just how difficult it would be to find an opening in any psychiatric practice in the local area.
Psychiatrists – those medical doctors who specialize in treating mental disorders – are in heavy demand and short supply in Champaign County and some surrounding communities.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois horse owners are being asked to vote Tuesday, Oct. 7, on a statewide checkoff program that will cost them about $1.85 per year per horse, the Horseman's Council of Illinois said.
The checkoff is estimated to bring in $250,000 to $400,000 per year for educational and promotional programs, said Kevin Kline, professor of animal sciences at the University of Illinois. Kline helped launch the checkoff proposal.
CHAMPAIGN – Shortly after she took office in January, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan spent a Friday afternoon answering phone calls to her office.
Not to her surprise, two-thirds of the calls were from Illinois consumers complaining about telemarketers, Internet fraud scams, spam and other issues.
HENNING – Instead of spending Thursday checking out the latest yield mapping software at the 2003 Farm Progress Show, Franco Faldini was pacing his hotel room in Indianapolis thinking of what he could do with his time.
The wheat and sunflower farmer from Argentina was one of tens of thousands of visitors who could not attend the 50th anniversary show north of Henning after organizers canceled the show Wednesday and Thursday due to heavy rains and mud-soaked fields.
CHAMPAIGN – Tinisha Grider has packed a whole lot of learning into the last year, and the 28-year-old single mother has not had the benefit of college.
About a year ago, a man she thought she loved threw a coffee cup at her, cutting her arm so badly she required 17 stitches.
CHAMPAIGN – The search for a new Champaign police chief appears to be going slower than originally envisioned.
Champaign City Manager Steve Carter said a month ago he hoped to have a police chief selected by the end of September from among a group of five finalists. But Carter said Friday the search isn't yet at the point where he's ready to hire someone.