FISHER – One businessman welcomes last week's vote that will permit liquor sales in town.
CHAMPAIGN – Christel Carter's arms were filled with dresses and shorts for her four children, ranging from 13 years to 4 1/2 months old.
And the items cost her only a few bucks.
In conjunction with the Boneyard Arts Festival this coming weekend, the new Amara Yoga & Arts will debut with an art show in its new space on the east of Lincoln Square Village in Urbana.
Amara aims to showcase work by local artists, offer art workshops and art therapy for kids and adults. Yoga classes also will be offered. Yoga begins in May. The owners plan to have a variety of different yoga classes available, including classes for children, plus Pilates and meditation courses.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois farm boy. Economist with degrees from Bradley and Cornell.
Thirty-year University of Illinois faculty member. Long-suffering Cubs fan.
That's Larry DeBrock, newly appointed dean of the UI College of Business.
DeBrock, 56, faces several challenges – and opportunities – in the years to come, according to Ira Solomon, co-chair of the search committee that recommended finalists for the position.
When Wendi Lindsay was planning her green products store, B. Lime, in Champaign, she knew she wanted to sell rain barrels.
But since B. Lime is an earth-friendly store and she wanted to keep the carbon footprint low, the last thing she wanted to do was order rain barrels from a distant place like Canada, she said.
CHAMPAIGN – A Web site to enable collaborative song-writing and a venture to provide access to safe drinking water took top honors in the V. Dale Cozad New Venture Competition this week.
PAXTON – Residents of a Paxton mobile home park that was purchased by a Rantoul developer to make way for a proposed commercial and residential development have been given notice that the park will close and they will need to move within a year.
But some of the estimated 30 families living there are concerned that they cannot afford the cost of moving. Most are low-income households, and some residents are expecting to lose their jobs, or already have, due to the closure of the local Baltimore Aircoil and High Concrete Group plants.
DANVILLE – You may not equate eating fried food with helping the environment, but it's not so far from the truth now that Danville's biodiesel plant has finished an expansion that turns kitchen grease – and a variety of other animal fats and oils – into fuel.
The $12 million upgrade at the Blackhawk Biofuels plant, adjacent to Bunge's Milling Plant, was recently completed and allows the cleaner-burning biodiesel fuel to be produced from a wider variety of fats and oils than just vegetable oil.
RANTOUL – Employees of Rantoul's closed Meadowbrook Farms Cooperative pork-processing plant will be able to pick up any personal belongings they left at the plant.
Richard Klene, Meadowbrook president and CEO, said the items may be picked up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
CHAMPAIGN – AT&T expects to begin offering its U-verse suite of television, telephone and broadband internet services this summer to selected areas in Champaign, Urbana, Savoy and Danville.
AT&T officials Marc Blakeman and John Quinn explained the new service – which they tout as a price-competitive alternative to cable television – Wednesday afternoon to the Champaign-Urbana Cable Television and Telecommunications Commission.