Longtime neighborhood bar on the market

CHAMPAIGN – Fallon's Ice House, a neighborhood tavern that's been in business for 17 years, is for sale.

"I'm ready to get out of it," said Glenda Fallon, who co-owns the bar with her husband Tim. "It'll be 18 years in April, and I'm ready to see my grandkids in Richmond, Virginia."

Web site offers comprehensive look at apartments for rent

CHAMPAIGN – Kevin Chang has developed a new way to find apartments on the Web, using University of Illinois research into how to conduct "deeper" Web searches.

The result is Cazoodle, a Web site that provides comprehensive listings of apartments in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and other metropolitan areas – including Champaign-Urbana.

It's Your Business: Retailers spread word that downtown Champaign still open

Hey holiday shoppers: The downtown Champaign retailers clustered on a section of North Neil Street that was closed after a Nov. 7 fire have a message for you.


Reynolds Towing Service has room for growth

URBANA – Reynolds Towing Service has moved into the former Premium Brands building in Urbana, freeing up lots of space for the 28-year-old business.

Reynolds vacated its former 9,000-square-foot building at 210 W. University Ave., C, to take over 44,000 square feet at the new location.

Broken water main closes northbound lane of Prospect

CHAMPAIGN – A water main break has closed a lane of northbound traffic on Prospect Avenue near White Street.

The main break was discovered Friday morning and an Illinois American Water crew was expected to have the main fixed by early afternoon, said Barry Suits, operations manager for the water company.

Shoppers hit the pavement early to snag bargains

CHAMPAIGN – It was cold and dark out there.

The late night turkey and pie snacks were barely digested.

Economic woes put Carle expansion on back burner

URBANA – Carle Foundation Hospital says it will slow down its $236 million expansion project because of the downturn in the economy.

"The Carle Foundation and Carle Clinic are financially sound organizations. They are simply taking a conservative approach to financing the building project and believe it is in their best interest to wait until the financing environment improves," the hospital announced in a written statement.

Plastipak Packaging won't get Bondville's fire protection

CHAMPAIGN – The Bondville Fire Corp. has notified Plastipak Packaging Inc. that it will no longer provide fire protection services for its unincorporated Champaign plant as of Jan. 1.

As this point, Plastipak does not have replacement coverage lined up, according to city officials.

City officials have approached the company, which employs about 700 people locally, about the possibility of annexing the plant at 3310 W. Springfield Ave. and providing fire coverage, but have not yet gotten a response, said Craig Rost, deputy city manager for development.

Champaign County Salvation Army strikes gold for fifth year in a row

CHAMPAIGN – For the fifth year in a row, the Champaign County Salvation Army fished something special from a donation kettle.

A donor pushed an Austrian 4 ducat gold coin into the slot in the kettle stationed at the County Market on Kirby Avenue and Duncan Road on Monday, sometime between noon and 8 p.m., said Kettle and Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Hall. The coin is valued at $335.

Old National Bancorp to buy 65 Charter One branches

DANVILLE – Old National Bancorp, which has offices in Danville and Tilton, has agreed to acquire 65 Charter One branches in Indiana from Citizens Financial Group of Providence, R.I.

The acquisition gives Evansville, Ind.-based Old National the third largest branch network in Indiana. It's the largest bank based in Indiana.