CHAMPAIGN – If one of your treasured figurines mysteriously disappeared the last time your Aunt Fannie visited, K's Merchandise may have just what you need.
Not a replacement figurine – though the Champaign store did have a lot of those left Tuesday – but a way to nab your nimble-fingered auntie in the act.
CHAMPAIGN – A former Champaign businesswoman who later was named Inc. magazine's "Entrepreneur of the Year" will return to Champaign-Urbana next month as featured speaker for a conference.
Ping Fu, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Geomagic, will be the keynote speaker for the fourth annual Women in Business Leadership Conference on Feb. 10 at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. The speech will be open to the public.
MAHOMET – The Mahomet Chamber of Commerce has enough signatures to put a question on the April 17 ballot to allow liquor sales in the village.
Chamber board member Lee Jessup reported that volunteers had collected 1,200 signatures on petitions through Friday, but organizers are getting additional names before the petitions are turned in to the county clerk's office.
URBANA – The morning routine is the same as in most offices. Co-workers Miles, Lily and Riley greet each other, admire new outfits, maybe sniff each other once or twice.
Canines of all stripes – and spots – roam the offices of the ASPCA Midwest Office in Urbana's Sunnycrest Mall.
URBANA – Wouldn't it be great if you could put electronics wherever you want?
No longer would they be constrained to rigid, bulky surfaces like wafers and glass. Instead, they could be put on almost any surface – rubber, plastic, fabric, even large-scale areas.
URBANA – It's the Friday evening before Christmas, and the Rose Bowl is hopping.
About 25 people are crowded around the large, circular bar in downtown Urbana. Icicle lights along the top of the bar add an air of Christmas festivity. Patrons are laughing, talking, sipping beers and – almost uniformly – smoking cigarettes.
Some lessons can't be taught in a textbook.
Learning how to feed or bathe a child with a disability. Seeing how others react when a disabled child visits the pool.
Young people from six school districts in Douglas and Edgar counties could find themselves attending the same cooperative high school within a few years.
School leaders from Shiloh, Kansas, Oakland, Chrisman and the two Paris school districts are considering a proposal to form a new high school that could have as many as 1,000 students.
It's time for our annual look back at the year in business.
Give these 20 questions a try to see how many local developments of 2006 you can remember. Answers are at the bottom; give yourself 5 points for each correct answer.
URBANA – Cable customers who get Insight Communications' "classic" 70-channel package can expect to pay 5.9 percent more for it next year.
The rate will rise from $47 a month to $49.75 a month, effective Jan. 1, said Melody Brucker, Insight's district vice president in Champaign-Urbana.