Business roundup: Plan for McDonald's in Savoy advances
SAVOY — A McDonald's restaurant is still in the works for Savoy, but its location has been adjusted slightly.
The restaurant — part of the Marketplace at Savoy development southwest of the intersection of U.S. 45 and Curtis Road — is now expected to be built on the former Reliable Plumbing and Heating site, west of CVS Pharmacy.
Savoy Zoning Administrator Dan Davies said he expects demolition at the former Reliable site to begin in the next 30 days or so, with construction of McDonald's to begin after that.
Davies said a grocery store that was expected to be part of Marketplace at Savoy is still being planned for the village, but when and where the store will be built is unclear. The name of the store has not been released.
American Eagle adds flight in Bloomington
BLOOMINGTON — American Eagle plans to add a second daily flight to Dallas-Fort Worth from Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington this fall, the airport recently announced.
Beginning Oct. 1, American Eagle will offer a morning departure, leaving Bloomington-Normal at 6:55 a.m. and arriving at Dallas-Fort Worth at 9:05 a.m.
The return flight is scheduled to depart Dallas-Fort Worth at 8:10 p.m. and arrive in Bloomington-Normal at 10:05 p.m.
The new service will complement American Eagle's existing afternoon flight from Bloomington-Normal to Dallas-Fort Worth.
Paul Harmon, chairman of the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority, said the early flight will help business travelers reach destinations in Texas, the Southwest, Mexico and South America.
American Eagle will continue to offer three daily flights from Bloomington-Normal to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
The University of Illinois-Willard Airport in Savoy is also served by American Eagle, with a daily morning flight to Dallas-Fort Worth and six daily flights to Chicago's O'Hare.
Union Pacific to offer rail safety grants
OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific Railroad is offering grants of $500 to $5,000 for initiatives that enhance railroad safety in Union Pacific communities.
In East Central Illinois, the railroad's line from St. Louis from Chicago passes in or near Sullivan, Cadwell, Arthur, Bourbon, Tuscola, Villa Grove, Sidney, St. Joseph, Royal and Ellis.
The new grant program encourages efforts that raise awareness of railroad safety. Initiatives may include: school safety days, community safety programs, grade-crossing education efforts, law enforcement activities and railroad safety advocacy, as well as other activities.
An online grant application is available at UnionPacificCares.com. Applicants should explain how the grant will be used, the goals of the initiative, whom it will reach and how its success will be measured.