Former St. Joe man found shot to death in home

ST. JOSEPH – Police are investigating the murder of a former St. Joseph man in his home in Will County.

According to a Will County sheriff's office report, police were called to a home in unincorporated Frankfort Township at about 8 p.m. Monday.

Christie to open at new location

CHAMPAIGN – Christie Clinic will relocate its physical therapy and orthopedics departments to new offices at 2110 Fox Drive, C.

The new location will open Monday.

Executive says hospital project will help Monticello's economy

MONTICELLO – The construction of a new hospital in Monticello should provide about a $1 million boost to the city's economy, Steve Tenhouse, chief executive of John & Mary E. Kirby Hospital, projects.

Groundbreaking is now set for late this spring, with 15 to 18 months of construction on the new hospital and medical campus set to follow.

Vermilion Advantage acting to cut expenses

DANVILLE – Vermilion Advantage is cutting staff hours, instituting furlough days and making other changes to cut expenses and fill a gap between revenue and expenses.

Vickie Haugen, president and chief executive officer at Vermilion Advantage, said member dues, which are the only source of revenue for the nonprofit organization that serves as the local economic development office, have been flat but expenses, such as for health insurance and utilities, continue to increase.

Indianapolis banker named market president for Central Illinois Bank

CHAMPAIGN – An Indianapolis banker will succeed Joe Henderson as market president for Central Illinois Bank's 12 branches in Illinois, the bank announced Wednesday.

J. Brian Chaffin, who has worked 12 years for the bank's parent company, CIB Marine Bancshares, will take over the role immediately. He will move to Champaign from Indianapolis, where he has been the company's market president for Indiana for three years.

Chamber launches wellness program for area companies

CHAMPAIGN – Employers want a healthy work force, but they're caught in a bind these days.

Decent health insurance benefits just keep getting more expensive, and offering a workplace wellness program to keep health costs down is a luxury many small businesses just can't afford.

Jimmy John's gives $25,000 for Savoy baseball field

SAVOY – After the Cekander family of Savoy announced their vision of building a baseball diamond in Prairie Fields Park, located in Prairie Fields subdivision in Savoy, Jimmy John's sandwich company challenged them to raise $25,000 by Dec. 31, 2009, and to complete the project by April 15, 2010.

Because the first goal has been met and the second is on target to be completed by the deadline, Jimmy John's matched their funds.

UI Employees Credit Union offering 7 scholarships

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois Employees Credit Union will make seven scholarships available annually to high school seniors who are members of the credit union.

The credit union announced Tuesday it is creating the Orange & Blue Scholarship Program, which will award students up to $1,000 based on the college of their choice.

2 Piper City senior living facilities have names changed

PIPER CITY – Peoria-based Petersen Health Care has changed the names of two Piper City senior living facilities it acquired Jan. 1.

The Greenbrier Senior Living Center, a 60-bed skilled nursing facility, has been renamed Piper City Rehab & Living Center.

2009's area home sales top 2008's total by 10

CHAMPAIGN – It's official: Despite the economic slowdown, more homes were sold in Champaign County in 2009 than in 2008.

Figures released last week by the Champaign County Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service show 2,471 homes were sold in 2009, compared with 2,461 homes in 2008.