Friends of late Po' Boys owner to host 'Arnie Tailgate'

CHAMPAIGN – Old times at Po' Boys are not forgotten. To prove the point, some of the late proprietor's friends are resurrecting the barbecue house for homecoming weekend at the University of Illinois.

"A group of us who were regulars thought it might be a nice idea to have something in Arnie Yarber's honor to coincide with UI homecoming," said Dan Hamelberg, a Champaign real estate investor who was a close friend of Mr. Yarber.

Forum on economy set for Wednesday on UI campus

URBANA – The University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs will sponsor a forum on the economy Wednesday morning on the UI campus.

The forum will bring together nationally known experts on the economy, tax policy and the financial markets to analyze the situation facing the financial system, the proposals before Congress and prospects for the future.

Downtown Paxton apparel store set to close doors

PAXTON – After 54 years in business, Wilma Gibson has plans to close the doors of Laybourn's Apparel in downtown Paxton.

The store's final sale will start Oct. 1, and Gibson has hopes of closing the doors for good by Dec. 1.

County can bill Covenant for '07 property taxes, judge rules

URBANA – Champaign County taxing authorities can bill Provena Covenant Medical Center for 2007 property taxes, Champaign County Judge Michael Jones ruled this morning.

Jones vacated his order of this past spring that had protected the hospital from being billed for 2007 taxes based on a Sangamon County court decision that found the hospital to be tax-exempt.

Board members approve Mahomet-Seymour budget for 2008-09

MAHOMET – The Mahomet-Seymour Board of Education unanimously passed the 2008-09 school district budget, which shows a $172,903 discrepancy between revenue and expenditures.

Revenue for the district is projected to be $27,035,953, while expenditures are estimated at $27,208,856.

Solo Cup to close Highland Park plant; Urbana to gain 47 jobs

URBANA – Solo Cup Co. will add 47 full-time positions at its Urbana plant as a result of closing a plant in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, company spokeswoman Angie Chaplin said Monday.

The positions are expected to move to Urbana late this year, and Chaplin said it's likely many of the jobs will be available to area residents.

Developer, Danville agree to tax trade

DANVILLE – As contractors build the Social Security Administration's new downtown site, the city has made an agreement to give back to the developer half of the property taxes collected, and in return, the developer will make some extensive exterior improvements, including sidewalks and drainage work.

According to the Tax Increment Financing agreement, which the city's public services committee will consider Tuesday night, more than 50 percent of the property taxes collected over the next 10 years would be reimbursed to the developer, LGK Development in Boulder, Colo.

Urbana store giving women a hand

URBANA – Monique Phagan knows firsthand about homelessness and domestic violence. She fled an abusive relationship years ago and lived at A Woman's Place in Urbana. Later, she worked at the Center for Women in Transition, which helps homeless women get back on their feet.

Now she's running a new resale store at Lincoln Square, called "Transitions," which will hire residents from the Center for Women in Transition and train them for retail sales jobs.

Settlement with UI over '02 fish kill finalized

URBANA – Six years after an ammonia spill killed 100,000 fish in the Salt Fork, the final piece of a legal settlement is in place.

The University of Illinois, its cleaning contractor CEDA Inc. and the Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District will pay the state a total of $65,000, and agreed to change procedures for disposing of wastewater, to resolve a water pollution complaint filed by the Illinois attorney general's office in 2002.

Fundraising drive under way for Danville United Way

DANVILLE – When the United Way of Danville Area campaign began this year, there was already some money in the coffers.

A new Pacesetters campaign saw two local companies educating their employees on what services the United Way agencies furnish to the community and the opportunity to donate or complete a pledge card. NACCO Materials Handling Group held a United Way Agency Fair Aug. 1 and reached just more than $30,800 in donations and pledges, which officials call a great start toward the $800,000 goal for this year. The amount includes the employees' contributions and a corporate gift.