RANTOUL – As interested buyers start piecing back together the automotive parts industry, area folks are wondering whether Rantoul will be part of the puzzle.
Last November, Collins & Aikman Corp. announced plans to sell or close its operations, including its three plants in Rantoul. The Southfield, Mich.-based parts supplier filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2005 and concluded last fall it couldn't survive.
Lena Otto of Arthur works for a welding business, but always longed to open an ice cream shop, she said.
Last month, she finally did. It's called RoseLen's Coffees and Delights, and you'll find it at 1045 E. Columbia (Illinois 133) in Arthur, in front of the Dollar General store.
CHAMPAIGN – The 640 acres of farmland surrounding the Interstate 57-Curtis Road interchange now under construction represents "a rare economic development opportunity for the city of Champaign," according to a draft market assessment prepared by a city consultant.
The consultant, Business Districts Inc. of Evanston, is recommending that much of the property should be developed as a major retail area, with significant planning and oversight by the city to make sure the new southwestern gateway to the city is done tastefully. The interchange is scheduled to open in January.
DANVILLE – First National Bank of Danville plans to move its jet charter service from Arizona to the Vermilion County Airport if an enterprise zone can be extended to the property.
Vicki Haugen, president and chief executive officer of Vermilion Advantage, said Thursday night that the bank's affiliated with a charter service based in Arizona and has a proposed agreement with the Vermilion County Airport Authority to relocate here.
CHAMPAIGN – Audra Martin's drawbridges drew a lot of traffic Wednesday, and there's no wonder why.
The tiny drawbridges, suspended by chains, held trays of chocolate-covered toffee, free for the taking.
CHAMPAIGN – The energy buyers' cooperative formed by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce is holding off seeking bids from suppliers until it has a better idea of what the state Legislature is going to do.
Chamber President Laura Weis said Tuesday the possibility that the Legislature might enact a utility rate freeze kept chamber members from moving ahead with plans to seek bids from electricity suppliers.
URBANA – About 28 people a day have been signing up for phone service from Insight Communications since the company began promoting the new service in East Central Illinois, company officials said.
Insight, best-known locally as the cable television provider for Champaign-Urbana and Danville, began offering phone service to a few customers in January, said Melody Brucker, the company's district vice president in Urbana.
MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. – Scott Johnson and Mike Murphy were vacationing with their families on a Florida beach when they heard the calls for help.
The two Urbana men and their wives and children were on a beach on the Gulf coast along the Florida Panhandle, late on Thursday afternoon, when a woman and a girl began screaming for help from the water, said Scott McCartney of Urbana, the brother-in-law of both men.
When Savoy businessman Bob Grossman bought an old mansion in Champaign, he had to furnish it, didn't he?
The only problem is, once he started picking up antiques for the house, he couldn't stop.
CHAMPAIGN – Alpha-Care Health Professionals of Champaign has acquired the Hearts and Hands private-duty home care business in Charleston.
Now known as Hearts and Hands of Alpha-Care, the business will continue to have an office in Charleston, having recently moved to 1550 Douglas Drive.