Economic Development Commission to tackle Willard governance

CHAMPAIGN — The search is on for a new governance structure for Willard Airport in Savoy.

The airport has been owned and operated by the University of Illinois since 1946, when the UI established the Institute of Aviation there.

OSHA cites Urbana auto parts store for violations

The U.S. Department of Labor has cited an Urbana auto parts store and dealer for 20 different safety and health violations.

Statewide home sales, median price both fall

CHAMPAIGN — Statewide statistics from the Illinois Association of Realtors show Illinois home sales for the first quarter were down 11.2 percent from the same period last year.

The median home sale price statewide was $131,175 — down 8.9 percent from $144,000 in the first quarter of 2010.

Home sales up, but average price down, in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County home sales rose slightly in April, but a drop in the average selling price dented overall sales volume.

The average selling price in April was $121,680, down 17 percent from $146,756 a year ago, according to the Champaign County Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service.

Dunham's is new anchor for Danville mall

Updated 1:50 p.m.

DANVILLE -- Dunham's Sports, a sporting goods store, will be a new anchor for the Village Mall in Danville, its new owners announced Wednesday morning.

Downtown Champaign YMCA site may become mansion again

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County YMCA has sold its historic building on West Church Street to a developer who hopes to renovate the original mansion as a private residence.

Leon Jeske, who purchased the property Tuesday, told The News-Gazette he would like to restore the mansion and lease it out.

State Farm to close Champaign field office

CHAMPAIGN — State Farm plans to close several field offices in Illinois, including one in Champaign, the company announced Monday.

The field office at 2102 W. Park Court will likely close during the summer of 2012 as a result of consolidation plans, spokeswoman Missy Lundberg said.

It's Your Business: Local interior designer's new business rests on pillows

A longtime local interior designer plans to spend her retirement years creating luxury, handcrafted pillows.

Brenda Stansberry of Champaign has worked at the Ethan Allen and Carter's Furniture stores and as an independent designer for more than 40 years.

Workers say they're not being paid

CHAMPAIGN — Philip Wall was dismayed to learn last week that he and his 30 or so colleagues at Publication Services were losing their jobs.

But he was really irritated to discover this week he wouldn't be paid for his last two weeks of work.

Publication Services not commenting on reduced workforce

CHAMPAIGN -- The Publication Services office on South Duncan Road was quieter than usual this week.

According to the company's website, the firm has more than 30 in-house employees. But on Thursday morning, only about six cars and trucks were on the lot. In front of the building was a Coldwell Banker "for sale or lease" sign.