New tradition: A year-round local art show at Busey of Urbana

URBANA — It seems like a place you'd go to invest in great art, not view it.

As part of a new initiative to showcase local art, more than 30 pieces now hang upstairs in the public spaces of Busey Wealth Management's corporate headquarters on Main Street in downtown Urbana.

Tuscola Outlet Mall still delivering revenue in tough times

TUSCOLA — Shortly after the Tuscola Outlet Mall opened in 1994, 54 stores were doing business there.

At last count, there are 30 stores remaining, with several storefronts empty during the busiest shopping season of the year.

A year after a Long Island-based real estate company bought the mall, Tuscola City Administrator Drew Hoel said not a lot has changed.

Class-size caps were a sticking point in Unit 4 contract talks

CHAMPAIGN — The last thing Emily Turner Condill and Amy Aviram wanted was for their children to miss school due to a Champaign teachers’ strike.

But both parents said they fully supported the Champaign Federation of Teachers Local 1925’s efforts to include class-size caps in its new contract with the Unit 4 school board.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Dec. 9, 2018

Rest easy, students. No matter what you're about to experience during this frazzle fest known as finals week, odds are, a UI faculty member nearby went through the same thing once upon a time. Today, in the first of two parts, we asked 10 UI educators to share a story from their own finals adventures as undergrads.

Wired in: Yuqian Xu

Each week, Paul Wood profiles a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet YUQIAN XU, a professor of business administration at the University of Illinois. She is an expert who studies operations management, has researched smartphone spending and found that it is starting to displace traditional methods of payment.

Tom Kacich | In 13th District race, almost no dollar was left unspent

Rep. Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, nearly drained their campaign funds in the 13th Congressional District race narrowly won last month by Davis, reports show.

Davis reported about $93,000 left in his campaign fund on Nov. 26, and Londrigan had but $10,111 remaining.

Building permits, Dec. 9, 2018

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing over $25,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Pratt Home Improvement, sunroom addition at single-family residence at 1920 Robert Drive, $80,000.

Area history, Dec. 9, 2018

Today is Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, Chanute Field banned stunt and exhibition flying. Pilots who persisted in doing stunt flying could face court martial.

This day in history, Dec. 9, 2018

Today is Sunday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2018. There are 22 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Dec. 9, 1987, the first Palestinian intefadeh, or uprising, began as riots broke out in Gaza and spread to the West Bank, triggering a strong Israeli response.

On this date

In 1608, English poet John Milton was born in London.