All those new homes sprouting up in southwest Champaign and Savoy are doing more than boosting the area's economy.
The wastewater those homes are producing could help Tuscola land the FutureGen clean coal power plant and the Emerald Renewable Energy ethanol plant.
The Stride Rite children's shoe shop that closed at Market Place Mall in Champaign has reopened as an outlet store at the Tanger Outlet Center in Tuscola.
The former assistant manager in Champaign, Nicole Meis, is now the Tuscola store's manager.
CHAMPAIGN – Call in the cryptologists.
The front of the Trevett-Mattis Banking Co. building in downtown Champaign is covered with inscriptions. To passers-by, they may seem meaningless.
MONTICELLO–When Carol Stoddard refinished the attic in her Victorian-style house in Monticello, a unique space emerged at the top of a staircase winding inside her home's turret.
So she asked Lynn Corrie to create a piece of stained glass to hang from the ceiling there.
DANVILLE – National pizza chain Papa Murphy's Pizza is coming to Danville this summer and plans to locate in the same building as Starbuck's.
Darren Yirkovsky, a district manager for Papa Murphy's, said the store should be open by late July or early August.
CHAMPAIGN – At least two area banks say they're interested in the possibility of acquiring five branches being divested by Main Street Bank & Trust.
"We definitely have an interest in that opportunity," said Thomas Daiber, president of Centrue Bank, which has offices in Champaign and Urbana.
CHAMPAIGN – Main Street Bank & Trust plans to sell off five Champaign County branch offices to win Department of Justice approval for its parent company's merger with First Busey Corp.
In coming weeks, the bank will look for a buyer for its offices at 1611 S. Prospect Ave. and 631 E. Green St. in Champaign; at 410 N. Broadway Ave. and 1819-A S. Philo Road in Urbana; and at Mahomet's Eastwood Shopping Center.
CHAMPAIGN – Wendy's is still on its way.
That's the word from Jim May, who said he hopes to reopen the Wendy's Old-Fashioned Hamburgers on North Prospect Avenue in Champaign in the next 30 days.
The next time you get ready to donate something to charity, stop and think.
Would I buy it?
Would I even take it for free?
After two decades of baking pies and serving them at her cozy Champaign restaurant, Pie-Full Delight, Phyllis Burgess has hung up her apron and leased the building at 40 E. Springfield Ave. to a Paxton couple who plan to open a deli there.
The building is being remodeled, and the new restaurant, to be called Murphy's Deli, is set to open in early August.