Brewpub, bank among tenants in new M2 project

CHAMPAIGN – A restaurant-brewery and a bank will be among the initial tenants of the M2 on Neil project in downtown Champaign, its developer says.

The Destihl (pronounced "distill") Restaurant & Brew Works plans to open its second "gastropub" on the first floor of M2, to be built at the northwest corner of Church and Neil streets, according to One Main Development.

Aqua Illinois officials offer reassurance about bill problems

DANVILLE – Changes in Aqua Illinois' billing system continue to cause problems, but officials said the issues are slowly being resolved.

"We're closer today than a month ago," said Thomas Bruns, vice president and regional manager of Aqua Illinois and Aqua Indiana.

Organic foods, teahouse, condos planned at ex-JBJ site

CHAMPAIGN – Local restaurateur Janet Bubin plans to renovate the former JBJ building on South Neil Street for a natural foods store, teahouse and condominiums.

Bubin, who owns Ko-Fusion in downtown Champaign and who formerly owned Miko in Urbana, said she hopes to open the natural and organic foods store sometime next year.

Restaurant reopens with new menu items, decor

CHAMPAIGN – Jen Grixti and Amro Zayed were going home for lunch Tuesday when they saw a sign saying Carmon's was open again.

They stopped in the restaurant at 415 N. Neil St., C, expecting to find much the same place they'd had breakfast in months ago.

Provena institutes flight checklist as surgery prep

Your name? Check.

Kind of procedure you're here for? Check.

Your name matches your patient ID band? Check.

The inquiry continues as a medical team at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville prepares to begin a Caesarean section.

Catlin village board approves nonalcoholic club

CATLIN – Bill Willett received approval from the village board Tuesday to open his proposed nonalcoholic club, the Catlin Break Room. Now he just has to work out some final details, like the opening date, the times and days of operation, what will be served and if the facility will be open to the public at all times or open only to members during certain hours.

"This is a new idea for us," Willett said, referring to the family members and friends who are helping him get the facility off the ground.

Group forms to attract plant to Tuscola

TUSCOLA – A group of more than 120 area businesses, residents and industries is teaming up as part of the effort to land the near-zero emissions FutureGen power plant in Tuscola.

Brian Moody, executive director of Tuscola Economic Development Inc. announced Tuesday morning the formation of an organization called the Tuscola Energy Alliance.

New Savoy Schnucks set to open

SAVOY – Sue Carroll just hates to turn shoppers away, but she has had to keep asking the earlybirds coming to the door to please come back on Wednesday.

That's opening day for the new Schnucks grocery store in Savoy, and it's also an anniversary date for St. Louis-based Schnucks and Carroll, the new Savoy store's manager.

Longtime Busey banker explains new Freestar role

In late September, P. David Kuhl joined Freestar Bank as chairman of the board. The move came after 27 years at Busey Bank, where Kuhl had served as chairman and chief executive officer.

Kuhl recently talked with The News-Gazette about his new role at Freestar, why he left Busey and the issues he faces as chairman of the Illinois Bankers Association and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. Here are some excerpts from that interview:

Diverse ownership works well for farm equipment dealer

RANTOUL – You might think a farm implement business with eight different owners could have a tough time deciding which way to go.

But Birkey's Farm Store, a Case IH dealer based in Rantoul, seems to have had few problems building its business.

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