In the heady days of the summer of 1971, about 30 women gathered in the living room of a stately Urbana home to launch an experiment.
Inspired by the burgeoning women's movement, they wanted to create a place where "women in crisis" could go for help – especially women with children who had few financial resources to live on their own.
Dan Metz and his wife, Mary Ann, own a handsome two-story home at 1108 W. William St. in the popular Clark Park neighborhood of Champaign.
But despite a three-car garage, 4,000 square feet of space and rooms with vaulted ceilings and tasteful furnishings, Metz doesn't always feel blessed – especially when he gets his property tax bill each year.
McAllister's Deli, which opened its first Champaign-Urbana location on the University of Illinois campus earlier this year, will build its second restaurant at the corner of Champaign's Town Center and Moreland boulevards.
Jeff Eberle, the managing partner for the New Orleans-based franchisee Midwest Restaurant Concepts, said he hopes to have the new restaurant open by the end of the year or sometime in January.
OAKWOOD – Dawn and Joe Taylor's business has been growing for four years now. But they haven't sold a single bottle of wine.
The Oakwood-area couple hopes to cork and label their first bottle of product soon, but their vineyard and winery sit in a dry township about 3 miles south of Oakwood in Catlin Township.
ARTHUR – Interested in a jug of apple cider, made fresh while you wait, with your own homegrown apples?
The Shady Crest Orchard and Farm Market south of Arthur has a longtime tradition of pressing apples into cider and drawing customers from miles around for the unique service.
CHAMPAIGN – Schools are always in need of more notebooks, pens and highlighters. But towels, sheets, and pots and pans?
The Champaign and Urbana school districts make good use of those items too. There are always families in need, whether they are fleeing Hurricane Katrina, made homeless by a fire, or starting over because of domestic problems.
A new consignment store is set to open in early October at Champaign's Round Barn shopping complex.
Classic Home Consignment, at 1912-C Round Barn Road, will sell used furniture and home decor items in good condition, owner Susan Holleman said.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – More than 30 people from Tuscola and Mattoon climbed onboard a bus to Terre Haute on Tuesday to see gasification in action at the Wabash River Coal Gasification Power Plant.
The visitors from Illinois got a first-hand look at how coal can be converted into a synthetic gas to provide power for electrical turbines.
CHAMPAIGN – The parent companies of Busey Bank and Main Street Bank & Trust plan to combine in what's being called a "merger of equals."
The resulting company will be called First Busey Corp., and the resulting bank will be known as Busey Bank, with its headquarters at 100 W. University Ave., C, the chairmen of both local banking-based companies said today.
URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center is now fighting off two outpatient surgery center developments in Champaign-Urbana.
Late last month, dozens of Covenant supporters came to a state hearing to protest a proposed surgery center in Champaign that would be developed by Christie Clinic.