85 people representing 40 groups give input on Lincoln Square's future

URBANA — Representatives from around 40 local organizations gathered at Lincoln Square Mall on Tuesday to discuss how the area can be revitalized.

The Lincoln Square area is 16 acres bordered by Race, Vine, Illinois and Elm Streets. It includes the mall and Landmark Hotel, which are privately owned, along with city-owned public parking lots.

Rauner on hand for ribbon-cutting of EpiWorks' expansion

CHAMPAIGN — Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped in Champaign for a ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning at one of the fastest-growing companies in town.

"Go Illini, go Illini, yay Illini," Rauner said to kick off his speech at II-VI EpiWorks, which recently quadrupled the size of its headquarters at 1606 Rion Drive in northwest Champaign.

Champaign council to vote on funds to help redevelop downtown building

CHAMPAIGN — After sitting vacant for 12 years, a downtown building is on track to begin a new phase of its life.

Main Street Rail LLC is planning to redevelop the building at 40 E. University Ave. into a microbrewery with upper-floor residential space. On Tuesday, the city council will vote on giving the project $100,000 in Redevelopment Incentive Program funding.

Monticello to vote on instituting 'do not knock' list

MONTICELLO — You've heard of the "do not call" list for telemarketers. Now, the city of Monticello is poised to put in place a "do not knock" list for door-to-door solicitors.

Police Chief John Carter said certain solicitors already have to pay a $10 license to do business in town, so his department has a list of every peddler.

Business listings, May 13, 2018

These applications for assumed business names were filed with the Champaign County clerk's office:

BoxDrop Champaign, 801 C Butzow Drive, U, Sean Peak, 103 Portsmouth Lane, Unit 6, Savoy.

Master Nails, 1807 W. Bradley Ave., C, Phat Van Ngo, 3203 Edward Hoffman Drive, C.

Sincerely Yours, 1615 Ivanhoe Way, U, Iesha Towns, same address.

Just Askin' | MCORE Phase 2

Q: Will this summer's MCORE construction be done before students arrive in the fall?

A: The construction won't, but most roads are scheduled to reopen the weekend before students arrive.

Wired In: Andrew Zhang

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a different high-tech difference maker. This week, meet ANDREW ZHANG is a senior engineer at Champaign's PhotoniCare, a company that specializes in affordable health care equipment, such as an otoscope, which physicians use to look inside the ear.

Hire education: Annual list of area's top employers sees significant shifts

While the list of top local employers includes each of the same companies as last year, there were some significant changes in where they were ranked.

Building permits, May 13, 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.


Expert Pool Builders, new pool at single-family residence at 1014 Hadley Drive, $58,500.

63 years later, UI grad who made Chia Pets famous finally picking up diploma

URBANA — After 63 years, the University of Illinois grad who gave us the Chia Pet — and that catchy commercial jingle ("Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!") — will finally get to walk across the stage today and receive his diploma.