New 'green' dining area ready to go up

URBANA – Construction of an environmentally friendly dining area and lounge should begin soon at Hendrick House in Urbana.

The private residence hall at Green Street and Lincoln Avenue has embarked on a $3 million construction and renovation project that includes remodeling the existing dining area and installing a geothermal heating and cooling system, according to Betsy Hendrick, president of Hendrick Dorms Inc.

Developer has eco-friendly plans in mind for subdivision

URBANA – In Debbie Insana's vision of a subdivision, you don't just buy a lot but a way of life.

Insana is the force behind the new Brickhouses Road Subdivision, located about 5 miles northeast of Urbana near Airport and High Cross roads.

Business venture a delight for owner


TUSCOLA – The brand-new Della's Delightfuls store is a dream come true for owner Della Thompson: a retail outlet of a business she has owned since 2002.

Her store, which sells gifts, items for the garden and something for just about everyone, opened last Friday at 107 W. South Central Ave. in Tuscola.

Fire service institute gets federal grant

An almost $1 million grant to the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute will support research that could eventually help to reduce heart attacks among firefighters.

The $985,661 grant is from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, U.S. Rep. Timothy Johnson, R-Urbana, announced this week.

Man injured in Champaign shooting

A man was injured Thursday evening after being shot in the leg at a Champaign home, police say.

Champaign Police Department spokeswoman Rene Dunn said police were called to a home in the 1200 block of Joanne Lane at 9:38 p.m. The victim was taken to a local hospital but did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, Dunn said.

Douglas County pipeline construction to start soon

TUSCOLA – Construction on the newest pipeline to run through Douglas County is expected to start soon.

The Rockies Express Pipeline will funnel natural gas 1,679 miles, from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado to eastern Ohio.

Meeting stresses benefits of 'green' industry

DANVILLE – At first, Danville resident Robert Isaac dismissed the notion of "green" jobs, thinking they were nothing more than a fad. Then he heard that a once-idle steel mill in Gary, Ind., had called back 250 laid-off workers to manufacture steel for wind turbines.

"The opportunities are here, and they're growing. We need to be a part of it," said Isaac, a Bunge Milling employee and vice president of United Steelworkers Local 972. "Danville's had a lot of plants shut down. This is a chance to bring jobs back. ... And we can do something good for the environment."

Tolono gas station removing leaky tanks

TOLONO – Owners of a Tolono gas station that suddenly closed Friday have told state environmental officials they have hired a contractor to remove tanks that apparently leaked.

Signs were taken down from the Freedom Oil Co., 101 N. Watson St., on Friday, and handwritten notes on the door read, "Sorry closed."

Former Motorola building gets new owner

CHAMPAIGN – Fox/Atkins Development has acquired the former Motorola building in the University of Illinois Research Park and plans to lease it out to several tenants, the company said Monday.

Fox/Atkins, which developed virtually all the other buildings in the research park, said it's talking with two large companies in the research park that are planning to expand.

Williams makes Olympic team; UI gymnast also to Beijing

He has starred at point guard for a Final Four team and an NBA contender.

Now former Illini Deron Williams will get a chance to perform on an even bigger stage.

Williams today was named to the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team. He'll join 11 other NBA players at the Beijing Games in August.