On a cold, windy day in December, on the last day of classes for University of Illinois students, Martin Smith headed to the Quad to gather support for a political rally in Washington, D.C.
The UI graduate student in history, a veteran of the Marine Corps and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, carried a stack of bright, lemon-colored fliers about the January rally.
CHAMPAIGN – David Tcheng has played in local bands for 20 years. Now he's putting his love of music and computers together to help iPod and MP3 player users organize their music collections.
Tcheng, a research programmer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, worked to develop software that can analyze music and categorize it.
URBANA – Silvercreek restaurant reopened Friday after a five-day shutdown for stem-to-stern cleaning and refurbishing.
That's an annual tradition at two Urbana restaurants owned by Allen Strong, who also shuts The Courier Cafe every year between Christmas and New Year's for the same treatment.
DANVILLE – Replacing a three-foot eel and other saltwater fish is one of several upgrades and construction projects under way at Chittick Family Eye Care.
A fire last August destroyed its former location downtown, at 159 N. Vermilion St, and caused $2 million in losses. Within three days of the Aug. 26 fire, Dr. Shawn Mallady re-opened his practice at 1104 N. Vermilion St.
SADORUS – The Sadorus Pub is open again with new owners who are familiar faces to regulars.
Last month, Sadorus natives Angie and Dave Wright reopened the business at 109 E. Market St. that had been vacant for 19 months.
CHAMPAIGN – Mayor Jerry Schweighart has suspended the liquor license of Barfly, 120 N. Neil St., for one day for a violation of the city's liquor code.
The suspension will run from 6 a.m. Friday until 2:30 a.m. Saturday, the mayor's office announced Wednesday.
CHAMPAIGN – A private equity firm's investment in Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shops will help the Champaign-based company expand nationally, the company said Wednesday.
The equity firm, Weston Presidio, made an undisclosed investment in the company founded by Jimmy John Liautaud and will serve as a "strategic partner" for the sandwich shop chain, the company said.
A truck for National Power Rodding Corp. caused a power pole on North Wright Street between Columbia and Vine streets on the boundary between Champaign and Urbana to snap off at the base Thursday morning.
There were power outages in the area including Provena Covenant Medical Center. The outage affected all of Provena, but the hospital's emergency generators kicked in to keep the medical equipment running and lights on, hospital spokeswoman Kimberly Garrison-Clanton said.
DANVILLE – House sales are on the rise, but for more information, consumers may have to consult the county assessor's office instead of the local real estate association.
The Danville Area Board of Realtors will have local fourth quarter real estate sales data today, yet in what has become a new habit, it will not publicly report the statistics until "things are straightened out," said Debbie Borgwald, executive officer of the board.
DANVILLE – Cleaner engines mean fewer jobs at ThyssenKrupp's machining division in Danville, where 65 employees were laid off Tuesday as a result of more stringent environmental protection standards for heavy-duty trucks.
The employees were notified Tuesday at the non-union machining facility at 1303 E. Voorhees St. in Danville. Before the layoffs, the plant employed 230 workers.