CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign businessman says he may abandon his plans to expand locally if the state adopts a gross receipts tax.
William Boulanger, the founder of Obiter Research, said the tax would easily overshadow incentives he's been given for a $4 million facility now under construction in Champaign's Apollo industrial subdivision.
URBANA – Two of the three apartment buildings at 1507 E. Washington St., U, which the city was threatening to condemn for multiple code violations, will be temporarily closed within the next few days, the landlord says.
Gabriel Omo Osagie, owner of Gabe's Place Apartments, said he decided to close down two of the three buildings at the troubled complex following a wave of vandalism that left commons areas with broken windows and doors, disconnected fire alarms and little to no lighting.
CHAMPAIGN – RiverGlass Inc. has agreed to take part in a Defense Department project to help improve the nation's response capability to terrorism attacks, natural disasters and pandemic outbreaks, the company announced in a news release.
The company, which has offices in West Chicago and in the University of Illinois Research Park in Champaign, is teaming with Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego to support a Defense Department contract for that project.
CHAMPAIGN – The United Way of Champaign County Board selected Lyn Jones today as its next president and chief executive officer.
Jones, of Champaign, senior director of development and public affairs at the University of Illinois Library, will leave that position and assume the United Way post effective April 30.
CHAMPAIGN – As expected, shareholders of First Busey Corp. and Main Street Trust Inc. on Wednesday separately voted to approve a merger of the two bank holding companies.
The merger is expected to take place in the second quarter of this year, but it still needs approval from the Federal Reserve and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
URBANA – Owners are undecided about the future of an Urbana gas station following a fire last week.
Dorothy Collins said she and her husband, Chuck, have not made any decision on the station at 108 W. University Ave., U.
CHAMPAIGN – Chesterbrook Academy plans to open a child development center in the University of Illinois Research Park this summer, its parent company said.
The center will be the second Chesterbrook Academy in Champaign and will accommodate up to 200 children, from 6 weeks old to 5 years old. It will also offer after-school and summer programs for school-age children.
Two new stores are on the way at Market Place Mall in Champaign.
One of them, Motherhood Maternity, is set to open in April in the Sears wing next to the Gap stores.
As M&M-size drops of hail peppered the ground on Saturday afternoon, more than 20 car accidents were reported around Champaign County between 2 and 3 p.m. alone, according to the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency.
"People were just driving too fast or sliding off the road or rolling over," said Bill Keller, the agency's director, on Saturday evening. He said most of the accidents were on the highways.
We have more bacteria in our bodies than human cells, the vast majority of those microbes in our digestive system, and normally we all get along fine.
That bacteria in our gut – including the small intestine and colon – does a lot of good things for us, helping the body break down food and absorb nutrients among them.