New owners taking over Jane Addams Book Shop

CHAMPAIGN – For nearly a quarter of a century, Flora Faraci has greeted customers to her downtown Champaign bookstore.

Today she will hand over the Jane Addams Book Shop to a new set of owners, Don and Susan Elmore.

Program bringing 2 area families to Army-Navy game

CHAMPAIGN – Two families from the Champaign-Urbana area plan to go to the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia as guests of the chief of staff of the Army.

Stuart and Anita Broeren and Jon Stewart and his son, Preston, were invited to the Dec. 12 game after the Broerens and Jon Stewart participated in an Army Executive Outreach program earlier this year.

Prairie Gardens taking part in Trees for Troops effort

CHAMPAIGN – A local company is taking part in a nationwide effort to donate 15,000 live Christmas trees to the families of soldiers and to military bases.

Prairie Gardens will accept donations for, and send trees to, the Trees for Troops program, now in its fifth year.

Danville agency's Christmas fair offers 23 vendors

DANVILLE – The Danville Recreation Department will host its annual Christmas Craft Fair from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Harrison Park Clubhouse, 1300 W. Voorhees St.

"We're going to have 23 vendors this year," said Cindy Parson, recreation manager for the city. "That's the most we've ever had, so it will be real cozy, but we will have everyone set up in a pattern so that buyers get a chance to see all there is to offer."

UI student's wheelchair features rolling, with changes

URBANA – If gear shifting is good for motorists and bicyclists, why not for wheelchair users?

That's what Scott Daigle wondered as he watched people propel themselves around the University of Illinois campus in wheelchairs.

"They were going about as fast as they could. Their arms were the only things limiting them," said Daigle, a first-year graduate student in mechanical engineering.

Kraft, Supervalu among firms seeking heavier trucks

CHAMPAIGN – Local employers Kraft Foods and Supervalu are pushing Congress to allow an increase in the weight of trucks, claiming such a change could save money, cut fuel use and reduce emissions.

A bill pending before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would increase the allowable weight of trucks from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds. But it would require a sixth axle be added to trucks carrying that much weight.

Official: Two new companies, more jobs are on way

DANVILLE – Two new companies are coming to Danville, bringing 25 to 30 new jobs and investing more than $4 million in the area, according to Vermilion County's top economic development official.

Firm shows interest in Historic Lincoln Hotel

URBANA – An out-of-town development firm is looking into purchasing the Historic Lincoln Hotel in Urbana.

The company, which Urbana officials would not name, has approached the city about possible incentives available to the company if it were to purchase the hotel and renovate it.

Indiana firm accused of OSHA violations

DANVILLE – Atlas Excavating Inc. in West Lafayette, Ind., has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for allegedly failing to follow federal workplace safety standards at a trenching operation in Danville.

OSHA opened an inspection in May 2009 at excavation job sites in Danville after receiving information that employees were working in excavations as deep as 8 feet without cave-in protection, according to a news release from OSHA.

Danville Art league set on ex-Red Cross building

DANVILLE – A development company's plan to build senior housing on Red Cross property in downtown Danville is now on hold.

But that's not stopping the Danville Art League from moving forward with its plans to secure the former Red Cross building.

The Sterling Group, based in Mishawaka, Ind., has maintained for several months an option to buy the property at 320 N. Franklin St., along with the vacant building there that once housed the Vermilion County Chapter of the Red Cross.