Area's only black-owned radio station celebrates 2 decades

URBANA – Champaign-Urbana took some time out Friday night to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the only black-owned radio station between Chicago and St. Louis.

Market Place Mall keeping up with taxes

CHAMPAIGN – It appears that local governments won't have to sweat out the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of the owner of the Market Place Mall, wondering whether it means a loss of property tax revenue this year.

Teams compete at UI to find new uses for old electronics

URBANA – An old computer returns to life as a hydroponic mini-farm, with a monitor filling in as a grow-light.

Perfect for a long space flight, with astronauts in deep sleep, the computer adjusts water, feed and lights, and tells you when the lettuce is ready to harvest.

Free wings for first 100 patrons of new Danville restaurant

DANVILLE – The Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant opens its Danville location on Monday, and the first 100 customers will get a coupon book for free wings for a year.

To get one of the coupon books for six free wings per week for one year, visitors must arrive before the 11 a.m. grand opening of the restaurant at 3101 N. Vermilion St., Danville, next to the North Vermilion Street entrance to the Village Mall.

Rural Danville girl, 12, awaits a heart transplant

Twelve-year-old Kaitlyn Foster is a tiny girl with a big heart. She can't go to the mall without buying a pair of earrings for her sister, or a toy or candy for her little brother. She showers relatives and friends with homemade cards and culinary treats.

But Kaitlyn's heart is very sick. At only 7 days old, doctors said it looked like a heart of a 50-year-old man who had suffered a massive attack. Now they plan to give her a new one.

CIB Marine Bancshares seeks to amend restructuring plan

CHAMPAIGN – Central Illinois Bank's parent company says it failed to gain approval from securities holders for its debt-restructuring plan, so the company will try to amend it in an attempt to win their favor.

Panel gives Burnham 310's new plan a cautious OK

CHAMPAIGN – The city plan commission is reluctantly endorsing a proposal that would modify the four-year-old development plan for the Burnham 310 site.

Plan commission members voted 5-0 Wednesday in favor of amending the development plan for the Burnham project, but advised the city council to "take close consideration" of one portion of the plan calling for allowing 94 condominiums or town homes on a block immediately north of Stoughton Street and west of Third Street.

Freestar Bank building new branch on Philo Road

URBANA – Freestar Bank will build a new office on Philo Road in Urbana to replace its branch in the County Market store there.

The new office will be at the southeast corner of Scovill Street and Philo Road on one of the Meijer store outlots, said Linda Hamilton, Freestar's executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Danville Art League pursuing ex-Red Cross building

DANVILLE – Danville Art League members are forging ahead with efforts to raise about $60,000 to move the former Red Cross building to an empty lot on Oak Street and make that site its new downtown home.

Homer subdivision plan will be modified

HOMER – A more modest version of the Heritage Ranch subdivision may yet be developed by Gordon Highlander LLC, but the original 19-lot plan with new roads will be scrapped.

Developer Ann Musquez told board members on Monday that the weak market means the original plan is too high a financial risk for the group to take.