It's time for our annual look back at the year in business.
Give these 20 questions a try to see how many local developments of 2006 you can remember. Answers are at the bottom; give yourself 5 points for each correct answer.
1. Name the two local banking giants that announced plans to merge.
2. Name the local high-tech company that teamed up with Carle Foundation and the University of Illinois to use cell-sorting technology to isolate adult stem cells for use in medical research. (Hint: The name sounds like this company makes vision products.)
3. Provena Covenant Medical Center or its parent company, Provena Health, became involved in a lawsuit with:
B) The Illinois Department of Revenue.
C) Christie Clinic physician Dr. Gary Schultz.
D) All of the above.
4. Name the Decatur retail chain that scrambled to avoid bankruptcy and keep stores open, and then wound up closing all its stores, including one by Champaign's Market Place Mall, anyway.
5. What department store at Market Place Mall did Macy's replace?
6. What new restaurant does retired KFC operator Ed Dye plan to open on South Neil Street, where Wendy's used to be?
7. What retail center is being redeveloped with a new Schnucks grocery as its centerpiece?
8. M2 is:
A) A new sister publication to The News-Gazette's E3.
B) A new weapon of choice for local police.
C) A new downtown Champaign development.
D) A new rock band.
9. Over what issue did local bar owners go to war, unsuccessfully, with the cities of Champaign and Urbana?
A) A new alcoholic beverages tax.
B) A smoking ban.
C) A ban on topless dancing.
D) Lowering the age limit to enter a bar.
10. What did the city of Champaign do in an effort to get holiday shoppers to drive on anything but congested North Prospect Avenue?
A) It blocked one lane in each direction during the busiest shopping hours.
B) It offered discounts for downtown stores.
C) It posted signs directing shoppers to alternative routes with such names as "Super Secret Shortcut" and "Extra Easy Expressway."
D) It posted cops to do heavy ticket-writing on Prospect from Interstate 74 all the way to the Beverly Cinemas.
11. To what two cities did financially troubled Delta Connection discontinue flights from Willard Airport?
A) Miami and Atlanta.
B) Memphis and Pittsburgh.
C) Cincinnati and Atlanta.
D) Dayton and Memphis.
12. What grocery chain announced plans to open at the old Burnham Hospital site?
A) County Market.
B) Jerry's IGA.
13. Christie Clinic announced plans to move from downtown Champaign and relocate its main campus to northwest Champaign near the interstates. Who bought the downtown clinic property with plans to redevelop it?
A) City of Champaign.
B) Carle Foundation Hospital.
C) The Atkins Group.
D) Paul Tatman.
14. What big-box store is under development at Windsor and Philo roads in Urbana?
15. What company hurt by the downturn in the auto industry announced plans to close or sell its three plants in Rantoul?
16. What drugstores in Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Mattoon and Charleston did CVS take over?
17. What store moved into the former Menards store building in Champaign?
18. What local dry cleaner filed for bankruptcy and closed its stores in Champaign-Urbana?
19. The controversial project under consideration for land near The Andersons grain elevator complex in northwest Champaign is:
A) A new shopping center.
B) A wind farm.
C) An ethanol plant.
D) A new landfill.
20. What store in Champaign posted the sign "Holiday Gift Idea: Love, Peace, Hope, Goodwill to All" in front? (This sign was our personal favorite.)
1. Busey Bank and Main Street Bank & Trust. 2. iCyt. 3. D) All of the above. 4. K's Merchandise. 5. Famous Barr. 6. Atlanta Bread Company. 7. Savoy Plaza. 8. C) A new downtown Champaign development. 9. B) A smoking ban. 10. C) It posted signs directing shoppers to alternative routes. 11. C) Cincinnati and Atlanta. 12. A) County Market. 13. C) The Atkins Group. 14. Meijer. 15. Collins & Aikman Corp. 16. Osco. 17. Ashley Furniture Store. 18. Denny's Professional Cleaners and Launderers. 19. C) An ethanol plant. 20. Custom Flooring on South Neil Street.