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ADDISON – Doris Christopher was a stay-at-home mom raising two daughters when she began selling kitchen tools from the basement of her home.
Now she works from an executive office in the brand-new, 780,000-square-foot corporate
HOMER – For more than a century, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows hall on Homer's Main Street housed a variety of stores until the building fell into disrepair.
Transplanted New Englanders Ray and Christine Cunningham looked past the rot and ruin and saw a treasure – a piece of local history worth preserving for their adopted hometown.
MATTOON – A new infusion of cash could keep Mattoon's bagel plant running three shifts a day while another Lender's plant stays dark.
Aurora Foods, the parent company of Lender's Bagels, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year after reporting a net loss of $483.2 million.
CHAMPAIGN – The flag, and the Marines, have been to Iraq and back.
Cpl. Scott Clarkson, son of Steve Clarkson, a deputy chief in the Champaign Fire Department, brought back a signed flag given to his Marine reserve unit by the "Fighting First," the first shift at the main fire station, and presented it during a brief ceremony at the main Champaign Fire Department on Friday.
URBANA – Teachers on Friday voted to file their intention to strike when school begins, meeting legal requirements to give the Urbana district 10 days warning.
Teachers must hold a second vote to authorize an actual strike.
The West Nile virus has been bad for birds, but golf courses may actually be good for them.
Those are among the wide range of bird-related topics being discussed this week at the University of Illinois by nearly 500 scientists from around the world, at the 121st Stated Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union.
DANVILLE – Marc Blakeman, SBC vice president for external affairs, says SBC will soon bring Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Internet service to rural Vermilion County.
Catlin, Georgetown, Westville and Oakwood should all have access to the high-speed Internet connections by the end of 2004.
CHAMPAIGN – Two Canadians in search of a new technology found one they liked at the University of Illinois, so they're starting a fuel-cell company in Champaign.
Neil Huff and David McCloud, both former Ballard Power Systems executives, leased space for the new business, Renew Power, this week at UI's EnterpriseWorks facility.
DANVILLE – Although the contract has not yet been signed, the Danville Wings and David S. Palmer Arena have agreed to keep the hockey team in town for at least the next two years.
In a joint announcement Thursday afternoon, team and arena officials said the two sides have agreed in principal to a two-year contract, which will be signed in the near future when Wings General Manager Josh Mervis returns from a business trip.
CHAMPAIGN – Downtown Champaign's growing entertainment district appears to be getting its first chain restaurant.
Developers of the One Main building, now rising up from the corner of Main and Neil streets, said Thursday they have a tentative agreement for Chevy's to take over some 15,000 square feet of the first floor upon completion of the building, set for April.