ARCOLA – In most parts of the world, children aren't happy to receive a lump of coal from Santa Claus.
That's not the case in Douglas and Coles counties, where children gleefully accepted lumps of coal from Santa Claus on Sunday as part of a FutureGen for Illinois rally at Arcola High School.
CHAMPAIGN – It's been only 2 1/2 weeks since Jupiter's at the Crossing opened, but already the new family-oriented restaurant is pulling in crowds.
Carlos Nieto, an owner of the restaurant, said he purposely didn't advertise the opening. But through word of mouth, Jupiter's fans learned of the Nov. 14 opening date, which came 10 years to the day after the original Jupiter's opened in downtown Champaign.
CHAMPAIGN – A few more buildings are going up at Village at the Crossing in southwest Champaign.
Ralph Sackett, one of the owners of the retail/office development, said a two-story office building at the south end should be ready for its first tenants in February.
CHAMPAIGN – The number of homes sold in Champaign County is down 5 percent from where it was a year ago.
But perhaps surprisingly, the average sales price of a home in October went up from the previous month.
CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign tradition since 1966 will make it into the new year – just barely.
Dom's Patio Villa, a hidden gem in an old industrial neighborhood at 301 S. Locust St., will celebrate New Year's Eve, then shut down forever.
DANVILLE – More city landlords spoke out Wednesday night against interior inspections of rental property.
A group of about 30 local landlords discussed changes to the city's rental-registration program Wednesday night at a Danville Area Landlords Association meeting. President John Cunningham invited city officials and the public to learn more about the proposed changes. The organization offered to pay the $10 cost for dinner for aldermen who attended.
RANTOUL – The Civil War battle of Gettysburg is coming alive again in the former Rantoul Wal-Mart building.
The ill-fated, nearly mile-long Confederate assault known as Pickett's Charge is coming into form.
ARCOLA – Area residents can show their support for bringing FutureGen to Illinois, as well as see a demonstration of how the proposed power plant would work, at a rally Sunday in Arcola.
Political and business leaders, scientists, and residents from both Illinois finalists, Tuscola and Mattoon, will gather at Arcola High School at 1:30 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN – Noah Zych got a tough assignment: Build a vehicle that can navigate through cities on its own.
The vehicle had to stop at stop signs, maneuver around other cars, merge into moving traffic.
You don't have to spend much time with Mark Ohrnstein to find him likable, articulate and a potentially great salesman.
What's not so readily apparent about the 38-year-old father of three is that for most of his life he's been an accomplished liar, cheat and a thief, all in the name of fueling his addiction to alcohol and cocaine.
"I've been in jail long before I ever got here," Ohrnstein said, figuratively.