About those downtown benches ...

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CHAMPAIGN — A popular downtown bar is getting a makeover with the addition of new wooden tables and benches.

Art Theater temporarily closed

CHAMPAIGN — Projector problems have led to the temporary closure of the Art Theater in downtown Champaign.

The theater announced late Thursday afternoon that a technical malfunction with its projector led to the closure.

Staff said they are working on getting the equipment back up and running as soon as possible.

Renovated State Farm Center about to demonstrate its versatility

CHAMPAIGN — Over the next few days, State Farm Center warps to adapt to Lil Wayne, a musical with acrobatics, comedian Daniel Tosh, pro wrestling and monster trucks in advance of the main event — three days of Garth Brooks.

Former Vermilion beer distribution hub up on auction block

TILTON — More than three years after Earl Gaudio & Son Inc. filed bankruptcy, its state-of-the-art Anheuser-Busch distribution facility is now up for auction.

Rauner presses for balanced budget in visit to Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Gov. Bruce Rauner paid a visit to a Champaign business Wednesday to call for the state to enact a balanced budget and freeze property taxes.

"We need a budget that works for the people of Illinois," Rauner told a crowd of about 55 people gathered at HL Precision Manufacturing near the Round Barn Centre shopping area.

No takers for Champaign MC Sports store's lease

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CHAMPAIGN — As part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, MC Sports tried Tuesday to auction off the leases of 58 of its stores, including the one in Champaign.

Davis, fellow Illinois lawmaker seek details on United incident

WASHINGTON — Two congressmen from Illinois who sit on the House Transportation Committee have asked the federal Department of Transportation for more information about Sunday's incident in which a United Airlines passenger was forcibly removed from an plane by airport police officers on the ground at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Danville's Cannon Place is ready for its close-up

DANVILLE — A new 65-unit supportive housing complex for veterans is ready for its public debut, thanks to the Home Depot.

A crew from the home improvement store in Champaign, along with several community volunteers, spent several hours Tuesday landscaping Cannon Place and building four raised garden beds ahead of the property's ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication on April 20.

Champaign council OKs video gambling at 2 more businesses

CHAMPAIGN — The city council voted Tuesday to allow two newly licensed video-gambling establishments to set up terminals, while noting that the negative effects of video gambling should continue to be addressed.

News-Gazette outsourcing printing, packaging

CHAMPAIGN — News-Gazette Media announced Monday that it will be phasing out its local printing and packaging operations in the coming months.

At the end of the transition, all printing and packaging services will be provided by the Journal Star in Peoria. The Journal Star offers more modern equipment and facilities, which allow for improved print reproduction quality at a lower cost.