Downtown Champaign, campus agencies to discuss merger at reception

CHAMPAIGN – A reception will be held Wednesday evening to discuss a proposed merger of two business organizations.

The Campustown Business Group and Champaign Downtown Association have been considering establishing one association that would promote businesses and events from the Campustown area to downtown Champaign and all points in between.

It's Your Business: Billiards business moves, expands offerings

Altman Billiards and Barstools has moved from north Champaign to Urbana.

"It was cheaper to buy than stay where we were renting," said owner Bob Altman. He purchased the former Family Christian Stores building at 1006 N. Cunningham Ave., near Blossom Basket, and moved there earlier this summer.

First Mid-Illinois completes acquisition of banking centers

First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, the parent company of First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, has completed its acquisition of 10 Illinois branches from First Bank.

On Monday, Sept. 13, three banking centers in Peoria, one in Bloomington, two in Galesburg, two in Quincy, one in Knoxville, and one in Bartonville will open as branches of First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust.

Green View will close Champaign store

CHAMPAIGN – Green View Nursery will close its Champaign store at the end of this year but will continue to offer lawn care and landscape design services in the area.

The store, at 2616 N. Mattis Ave., C, will remain open through the end of the year, through the Christmas shopping season, according to Tom Hoerr II, Green View's president.

Danville mayor to offer picks for housing board

DANVILLE – Mayor Scott Eisenhauer will recommend on Tuesday that the city council appoint retired Danville educator Lon Henderson to the Danville Housing Authority's board of commissioners, replacing longtime commissioner Jane Cline.

Eisenhauer also will recommend reappointing commissioner Rick Strebing, who is also a Danville alderman in Ward 2.

Presidential proclamation: Labor Day 2010



Working Americans are the foundation of our Nation's continued economic success and prosperity. From constructing the first transcontinental railroad to shaping our city skylines, they have built our country and propelled it forward.

Wilber Heights proves attractive to businesses

Wilber Heights has proved attractive to businesses because of its lower property taxes and lower traffic congestion. Because Wilber Heights is in an unincorporated area, city property taxes are not assessed.

Labor Day: Trades not being passed to next generation

By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

Editor's note: Sunday and Monday, The News-Gazette takes a look at trades and the people who ply them in East Central Illinois. These stories were part of a master's degree project in journalism at the University of Illinois by Susan Kantor.

Labor Day: The meat cutter



By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

Jeff Baumann always dreamed of owning his own business, and a career in meat cutting led him to fulfill that dream.

Labor Day: The locksmiths

By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

When Denny Birt started working at a locksmith shop in high school, the job was manual.