Real estate agents show interest in 2 township buildings

CHAMPAIGN – The City of Champaign Township buildings at the southeast corner of Green and Randolph streets might be sold in coming weeks.

Township Supervisor Pam Borowski told town board members Tuesday night that she has been approached by two commercial real estate agents interested in purchasing the township supervisor's office at 603 S. Randloph St. and the township assessor's office at 201 W. Green St.

First Street construction starts Tuesday in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Motorists on First Street in Champaign can expect slower traffic beginning on Tuesday.

Big Bud, world's largest tractor, makes way to Rantoul

RANTOUL – "Welcome, Big Bud."

Skip Kirkland of Mahomet, Nora Fourez of Rankin and Don Miller of Paxton held a sign bearing the greeting on the grounds of the National Aviation Center in Rantoul late last week, welcoming the world's largest tractor.

Thousands expected for Historic Farm Days in Penfield

PENFIELD – Up to 8,000 people are expected to attend this year's Historic Farm Days July 9-12 in Penfield.

The world's largest tractor and the Allis-Chalmers machinery line will be among the featured attractions.

Development continues on M2 building; restaurant next up

CHAMPAIGN – Interior work on the restaurant planned for the new M2 building in downtown is expected to begin sometime this month.

Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works, originally expected to open last fall, is still planning to be in M2, according to Matt Potts, the brewer who founded the Bloomington-based restaurant and brewery.

Going back to school a nice option, sometimes a necessity

CHAMPAIGN – Twenty-two years into her job, Cindy Johnson says she's ready for a change.

An Army veteran, Johnson loves her job helping detectives with rap sheets and statistics at the Champaign Police Department.

A health scare, though, brought her a new career. Given a diagnosis of heart disease, Johnson, 56, changed her eating and exercise habits.

New economic development chief well-versed in trade

CHAMPAIGN – If Tim Hoerr needs a descriptive catch phrase after his name, he could easily use "your business connection."

The 47-year-old Champaign man serves as CEO for two different companies and as president of his own.

Bachrach menswear shop scheduled to close

CHAMPAIGN – Longtime customers of the Bachrach menswear store at Market Place Mall are fit to be tied over news the store is planning to close.

"I was shocked. I'm still shocked," said Ponce Palmer, an O'Brien Auto Park salesman who has shopped at Bachrach stores since the 1970s.

Chief operations officer steps down

CHAMPAIGN – A key official of Central Illinois Bank's parent company is stepping down, and the company doesn't intend to replace him.

Michael L. Rechkemmer resigned as chief operations officer of CIB Marine Bancshares on Tuesday, according to a filing made Thursday with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Board gets opinions on liquor issues

PHILO – There is no legal obstacle to prevent a Philo resident from applying for a liquor license to open a second bar in town.

That was what the village board learned this week from attorney Marc Miller, who was representing his law partner, village attorney Paul Hendren.