TUSCOLA – When FutureGen Alliance Chief Executive Officer Mike Mudd announced that Mattoon was chosen for the clean coal power plant, gasps came from most of the 350 people gathered at the Tuscola Community Building this morning.
Then the residents and business leaders of Tuscola offered a rousing round of applause for their neighbors to the south for getting the $1.5 billion near-zero emissions power plant.
"As the entire world watches, Illinois is ready to get to work to ensure that FutureGen is a success."
– Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
CHAMPAIGN – Finding a new president is a priority for the Champaign County Economic Development Corp., but finalizing a strategic plan comes first, the group's chairman said.
Craig Rost said the group wants to put that plan to work in 2008. One thing it's sure to address is how to generate more financial support from private and government sources.
A Saturday-morning crash on southbound Interstate 57 left an Indiana woman dead and three others with minor injuries.
The woman, 45-year-old Josefina Sierra, was ejected from a 1991 Toyota pickup truck driven by 44-year-old Saul Sierra near I-57's Monticello Road exit. The single-vehicle crash occurred at about 6:15 a.m., according to Illinois State Police.
TUSCOLA – Brian Moody says it feels like Christmas Eve in Tuscola.
He just isn't sure if there will be anything under the tree if the announcement is made Tuesday on which town gets the $1.5 billion FutureGen plant.
URBANA – Champaign Asphalt hopes to move its asphalt plant to the North Lincoln Avenue area of Urbana and perhaps someday move its offices there too.
The company, which employs about 20 people full time as well as more than 150 during construction season, operates an asphalt plant on Oak Street north of Bradley Avenue in Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN – There may not be room to plant a forest in downtown Champaign, but local developers found a place to add an island.
A green one, 44 feet off the ground.
The University of Illinois is giving away about 15 decorated Christmas trees that once adorned its Ice Arena.
David Bagger, assistant director at the UI Ice Arena, said the trees, used to decorate the arena but no longer needed now that the semester has ended, will be placed outside from about 10 a.m. to noon Monday. He said the trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Julie Erlinger has no fond memories of the notoriously rigorous process of National Board Certified Teachers preparation. She had to videotape some of her Urbana High School English classes and watch herself teach.
And then watch the videos again – and again and again.
A new store selling crafts and collectible items has opened in Monticello.
Located at 101 N. Market St., the store is called Two Loose Screws – a name one of the owners, Ruth Manint of Bement, said her husband humorously suggested after hearing she and co-owner Linda Morenz of Monticello were setting up shop.