Proposed subdivision faces first vote

CHAMPAIGN – A new 416-unit apartment complex could be one step closer to construction.

The Champaign City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a preliminary plat of Laurel Heights subdivision, a proposed project by Indianapolis developer Herman and Kittle Properties.

Danville laying off at least 20 city employees

DANVILLE – City administrators will be notifying in person today at least 20 city workers whose positions will be eliminated later this month in an effort to trim expenses and balance the city's budget.

On Tuesday, the mayor and city council will release exactly how many jobs are being cut and in what departments. On Saturday, 13 of 14 aldermen met with Mayor Scott Eisenhauer for about two and a half hours in closed session to discuss the proposed cuts. No action was taken at the meeting.

WILL documentary re-creates life of Lincoln the lawyer

Before he became president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln traveled more than 500 miles each year in the spring and fall as an attorney in Illinois' Eighth Judicial Circuit.

The future president rode through prairie grass on trails that were just wide enough for him and his horse as he headed from one central Illinois courthouse to another.

Isotech Laboratories spreading out locally, globally

CHAMPAIGN – While other companies are cutting back, Champaign-based Isotech Laboratories is getting ready to expand again.

The high-tech company, which does isotopic analysis of gas samples for oil companies and other clients, is planning to enlarge its facilities at 1308 Parkland Court, northwest of the intersection of Bradley and Mattis avenues in Champaign.

It's Your Business: New version of Fat City is now open

Regan Phillips had a sentimental attachment to the former Fat City Saloon left over from her days of working there while she was a University of Illinois student.

She hated to see it close a year and a half ago – so much that she and a partner decided to lease the building at 505 S. Chestnut St., C, and reopen it last month under a slightly different name, Fat City Bar & Grill.

Customized hormones for treating menopause: Converts, concerns

Debbie Sans remembers it well – the way she'd go to bed at night exhausted but couldn't sleep.

The awful headaches she had, the irritability, the hot flashes that plagued her 35 times a day.

Cities feel fallout after stock market slams pension assets

CHAMPAIGN – Last year's stock market decline dealt a major blow to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund's pension assets. And local governments across Illinois could wind up paying the price for years to come.

The IMRF saw its pension assets fall 24.8 percent during 2008, from $24.2 billion to $18.1 billion.

Customers, neighbors wonder about Pages' future

SAVOY – Pages for All Ages bookstore at Savoy Plaza has been closed since midweek, and customers and neighboring business owners are wondering if it will reopen.

A sign on the front doors states the store is closed for inventory. The store was locked up and dark Friday, and calls to the store were answered with a recording stating that all lines are busy.

Homeless count to be conducted

Shelters, soup kitchens and other programs that serve the homeless will count heads this week to get a picture of homelessness in the community.

New printer brings students' ideas to life - in 3 dimensions

DANVILLE – Danville High School's Project Lead the Way program took a big step into the 21st century this year thanks to a high-tech tool that looks kind of like a front-loading washing machine.