CHAMPAIGN – Many decades ago, the second story of this vintage downtown building sheltered the cars of local folks who didn't want to drive during the snowy winter and muddy springtime.
And in the days when people still walked to the grocery store, the ground floor of this same building housed the local A&P store.
TUSCOLA – One of Tuscola's top tourist attractions could soon be expanding.
The Tuscola City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday to authorize City Administrator Drew Hoel to negotiate a contract to provide tax increment financing district money to Flesor's Candy Kitchen.
HOOPESTON – Vermilion Iron is back. The first heat at the plant ran last Saturday morning and a second on Tuesday.
Wendell Hawley, plant manager, and Mike Pentas, operations director, are very pleased with the progress made by Vermilion Iron.
DANVILLE – If gaming could boost Danville's economy, then resident Susan Brooks is all for it.
"It would be good for the community," Brooks, 50, said of the salaries, jobs and tourism a casino could bring. "Danville's dying. We need something."
SAVOY – University of Illinois Willard Airport will add a new air carrier offering flights to Las Vegas starting Aug. 16.
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air plans to operate flights twice a week – on Thursday and Sunday – aboard a full-size, 150-seat MD-80 jet, airport officials said Tuesday.
Bob Smith's downtown Urbana barbershop has always been a forum for public discourse – sports, politics, family problems.
"We've had just about anything and everything," the 65-year-old Urbana native said.
SPRINGFIELD – Mattoon and Tuscola have cleared the latest hurdle for potential FutureGen sites, keeping them in the running for the $1 billion clean coal project.
"We're excited that we're to this point," said Brian Moody, executive director of Tuscola Economic Development Inc. "It's another pretty significant milestone in the FutureGen project."
DANVILLE – Workers at Bunge Milling picketed Wednesday afternoon after contract negotiations earlier in the day failed to produce a new contract agreement.
Officials representing Bunge, an agribusiness company with corporate offices in St. Louis, have been negotiating since February with representatives of United Steelworkers Local 972, which represents about 220 employees on three shifts at the Danville site, 321 E. North St. in downtown.
CHAMPAIGN – File boxes stuffed with documents containing the personal information of payday loan customers were found in a local trash bin Tuesday morning.
The trash bin off North Prospect Avenue contained documents from Check into Cash, a company that issues payday advance loans. The bin, in an alley adjacent to the shopping center in which Check into Cash is located, contained boxes filled with hundreds of papers, such as consumer loan documents, account registers, collection notes, customer history reports and customer information sheets. They included Social Security numbers, addresses, photocopies of driver's licenses and other personal information.
CHAMPAIGN – A new Family Dollar store appears likely to locate at the northeast corner of Bradley Avenue and Market Street in a neighborhood that is underserved by retailers.
But the future of the Sea Boat restaurant, a fixture at the same intersection for 13 years, is uncertain at that location, according to co-owner Qaiyim Abdullah, who plans to open a new Sea Boat in three weeks at 403 W. Kirby Ave., C.