Chicago parade's inflatable turkey to have wingmen from C-U

CHAMPAIGN — For the second year in a row, a local company will be guiding Teddy Turkey down State Street in Chicago for today's McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade.

At least 10 employees from Champaign-based College Chefs and sister company Chef Placement Services will be walking alongside the parade's inflatable mascot, which sits on a float in the second half of the parade.

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Q: Are there any safety laws about all these people cramming into stores on Black Friday and other big holiday shopping sales events?

Liquor license off table after Rantoul officials learn of applicant's charges

RANTOUL — Village officials have canceled a second meeting with a Rantoul man who had requested a liquor license to be used for a proposed gambling parlor.

Mayor Chuck Smith said the meeting was called off after it was learned that Charles Duckworth faces a January trial for allegedly not paying numerous contractors who were hired to help restore a former hardware store he bought.

Holiday holdouts: Some local stores staying closed on Thanksgiving

CHAMPAIGN — Minnesota's Mall of America made headlines this year when it announced it would be closed on Thanksgiving Day, a move some Champaign-Urbana stores are following after years of ever-earlier Black Friday sales.

That includes the appliance and electronics store H.H. Gregg, 718 W. Town Center Blvd., C, which was open last year from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving.

Big-time problems for small-town stores

It's been a distressing sight for Catlin IGA customers, especially this time of year — empty dairy cases, half-empty coolers of fresh fruit and vegetables and no turkeys for Thanksgiving.

"A few days ago, I noticed some of the shelves looked a little bare," said Linda Adolph, a regular at this small Vermilion County community's only grocery store.

Wired In: Sanjay Patel

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet SANJAY PATEL, 47, CEO and co-founder of Personify and an electrical and computer engineering professor at the University of Illinois.

Special report: Bars card hard, but violators still slip through

CHAMPAIGN — Since the beginning of the year, 403 people have been arrested at Campustown area bars during regular police raids.

More than 300 of the 403 arrests occurred at just four Champaign bars — Joe's Brewery (91), Kam's (89), Red Lion (83) and Brothers Bar and Grill (57), according to documents obtained by The News-Gazette.

Building permits, Nov. 20, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling costing more than $35,000.

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


CBE Construction Inc., addition to single-family residence at 2015 Scottsdale Drive, $162,000.

Weekend Planner: Festival of Trees

The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana's annual Festival of Trees, now in its 21st year, accounts for around 60 percent of the money the league raises each year for community projects. The 2016 Festival continues today and Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S.

Cubs-connected therapy outfit opens in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Help with your aches and pains is now available in Champaign through the large physical therapy provider that works with more than a half-dozen professional sports teams, including the new World Series champs.