CHAMPAIGN – The president of the Coldwell Banker Real Estate chain is pressing for the first-time home buyer credit to be extended and greatly expanded.
But Jim Gillespie said he doesn't know how successful the proposal will be because it could push up the federal deficit.
From Sept. 24 through 27, I was at the Tokyo Game Show 2009, held at the Makuhari Messe convention center just outside Tokyo, experiencing some of the many games that will be coming our way in future. The following are my impressions of just a few of the games I saw, and more is on the way.
CHAMPAIGN – Home sales in the Champaign County area were up from a year ago for the third straight month, according to September statistics from the Champaign County Association of Realtors.
However, the rise in activity still seems to be fueled primarily by lower-priced homes – and the availability of the first-time homebuyer credit.
URBANA – Therese Catanach hopes to get a tax credit of about $6,500 as a result of buying a home last month on East Park Street in Urbana.
The doctoral student at the University of Illinois moved to town from College Station, Texas, and decided she didn't want to rent any more.
HOOPESTON – The consensus of a larger-than-typical audience at the Hoopeston City Council meeting was things are fine – don't change them.
The change being considered was a proposal by Allied Waste to institute a toter garbage pickup system, like the one used in Danville. Allied Waste, which collects trash under contract with the city, would provide toters – heavy gauge garbage containers – to the 2,200 houses in Hoopeston, free of charge.
CHAMPAIGN – An alarm company that's been in Champaign for 41 years is being acquired by a larger, local competitor.
A-1 Alarm Service, founded by Cecil Byrnes in 1968, has agreed to be acquired by F.E. Moran Alarm and Monitoring Services, effective Oct. 30.
CHAMPAIGN – A longtime mortgage broker in Champaign and Northbrook has become part of a larger financial-services firm based in the Chicago area.
Revere Mortgage Ltd. has been acquired by Wintrust Mortgage, a subsidiary of Barrington Bank & Trust Co. That bank is one of 15 banks owned by Wintrust Financial Corp., a Lake Forest-based financial-services firm.
CHAMPAIGN – Customers with AT&T mobile phone service may have noticed increased availability of 3G service in the Champaign-Urbana area in recent weeks.
On Tuesday, the company formally announced that 3G technology has been activated on 28 cell sites in Champaign, DeWitt, Piatt and McLean counties.
John Leischner's barn is more than a place where a pony makes its home, it's a building that has been in the family for generations.
Leischner's father inherited the barn at 2038 N. 500 East, DeLand, from his uncle. Now the barn is under the care of Leischner and his siblings.
The family barn will be shared with the public during the 12th annual Piatt County Museum Barn Tour on Friday through Sunday.
What began as a one-day excursion to barns scattered throughout the county has developed into an award-winning three-day festival highlighting one township in Piatt County annually.
CHAMPAIGN – Fallon's Master Cleaners had a run of nearly 70 years, but by year's end, owner Tim Fallon expects the building at 518 N. Neil St., C, to be demolished.
The dry-cleaning business was established in 1940 by Tim's father, Thomas Fallon. Tim Fallon has operated it since 1968, most recently with his son, Troy.