Records show Rantoul's White Hall now on its fifth owner

RANTOUL – The largest building on the former Chanute Air Force Base has a new owner.

According to records at the Champaign County Assessor's office, White Hall has been bought by a company listed as Future Planning Credit Services, 1 Eves Drive, Suite 111, Marlton, N.J.

Judge allows antitrust suit against Carle, Christie to go to trial

URBANA – An antitrust lawsuit filed more than a year ago by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan accusing Carle Clinic and Christie Clinic of conspiring to fix state Medicaid prices will continue to trial.

Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus issued a written order Wednesday morning denying most of the clinics' motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Thomasboro water bills to increase 20 percent

THOMASBORO – The village board voted unanimously Tuesday to put a 20 percent water rate increase into effect.

All bills sent after Nov. 1 will reflect the increase, said village attorney Holten Summers. The bill will include water usage from mid-October to mid-November.

Gill Athletics expansion, consolidation plan revealed

CHAMPAIGN – Gill Athletics plans to more than double the size of its building and add 85 jobs in Champaign, as a result of moving its Porter Athletic division here.

Judge rules state's suit against Carle, Christie to continue

URBANA – An antitrust lawsuit filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan accusing Carle Clinic and Christie Clinic of conspiring to fix state Medicaid prices will continue to trial.


UI flash index rises in August, showing state's economy is OK

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois flash index rose in August for the first time since February, indicating the state's economy was not getting worse.

The index increased from 102.1 in July to 102.3 in August.

Steve & Barry's to close Champaign, Danville, Decatur stores

The Steve & Barry's stores in Danville, Champaign and Decatur are among approximately 100 locations that the company said Tuesday it will close in an effort to downsize after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July.

The Port Washington, N.Y.-based sportswear chain operated 276 stores in 39 states before filing in the U.S. bankruptcy court for the Southern District of New York.

Downtown Danville building renovation begins to take shape

DANVILLE – Four years ago, Don and Marie Pribble officially made downtown Danville their home, moving into a modernized, fully restored upper-story apartment above their business, the Java Hut.

A few others have done the same since then, and now, another upper-story development project is beginning to gain steam downtown as developer George Gill of Canada is moving forward with plans to restore his recently purchased building at 125 N. Vermilion St., just one block north of the Pribbles' home and business.

Tuscola begins growing biocrops to lure biofuel industry

TUSCOLA – There's more than grass growing by the Tuscola sewer plant.

If city officials are successful, that grass could someday sprout into the foundation for a new energy-fueled economy.

Prairie Center detox unit closed, reducing choices for addicts


URBANA – Jim Ellis is waiting for the full effect of cuts in state funding for social services to make their way to his emergency-room door.

But Ellis, the chairman of emergency medicine for Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, knows they're coming.

That's because the Prairie Center Health Systems was forced to close its detoxification unit at 122 W. Hill St. in downtown Champaign on Aug. 1. Last calendar year, the unit had 803 admissions – alcoholics and drug addicts who came there to sober up for an average of three to five days.