Report: Bresee can be saved

DANVILLE – Officials with Klein and Hoffman, a structural and restoration engineering firm out of Chicago, told local officials Thursday that 90-year-old Bresee Tower is worth saving.

"The bones of the building are very good," said Rachael Dietkus, executive director of Downtown Danville Inc., the downtown merchants organization that has taken a lead in the effort to save the city's tallest building, at 4 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

Site considered for school sold to Savoy man

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has accepted an offer to buy the old public health district building at 710 N. Neil St., C.

The board voted unanimously to accept a $750,000 offer from Robert Grossman of Savoy, said board Chair Carol Elliott.

Ex-Champaign man at heart of tech deal

CHAMPAIGN – When a high-tech company was sold to Nokia Siemens Networks this month, a former Champaign resident was at the heart of it.

Paul Magelli Jr. – whose father has long been associated with the University of Illinois College of Business – is co-founder and chief executive officer of Apertio, a telecommunications software company based in the United Kingdom.

Michigan center director takes over at Prairie Center

After a year of leadership by committee, Prairie Center Health Systems has a new chief.

Bruce Suardini was hired in December as the new chief executive officer for the center, which operates substance-abuse treatment programs in Champaign, Ford and Vermilion counties. He replaces Patrick Leary, who retired a year ago.

Neighbors willing to move for Courtesy Ford expansion

DANVILLE – At least two property owners in the downtown area where Courtesy Ford Lincoln Mercury wants to expand would be open to selling to make way for redevelopment.

"We would not stand in the way of the city doing a very progressive thing," said Gil Saikley, attorney with Saikley, Garrison, Colombo and Barney LLC, 208 W. North St. in downtown Danville.

Operating a tower crane is a job full of challenges

CHAMPAIGN – Operating a tower crane isn't for everyone – especially if you're acrophobic, claustrophobic or clumsy.

Your whole day is spent in a compact "cabin" about 200 feet in the air. Part of the cabin's floor is clear so you can see the ground.

Champaign using five tower cranes — more than Indianapolis

CHAMPAIGN – If you're wondering how big a construction year this is in Champaign, look to the skies.

Five tower cranes can be seen from blocks away at construction sites throughout the city.

Insider's tip: Heed this banker's advice

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign banker Mark Ballard was recently named one of the top five finalists in a national stock-picking contest.

The value of his portfolio rose 34.32 percent during a MSN Money Strategy Lab competition that ran from July 1 to Dec. 31.

ManorCare changes name

CHAMPAIGN – ManorCare Health Services in Champaign has changed its name to Heartland Health Care Center.

The 97-bed center at 309 E. Springfield Ave. is still owned by HRC ManorCare, which operates facilities under the names Heartland, ManorCare and Arden Courts.

Danville group close to hiring an executive director

DANVILLE – Renaissance Danville Inc. officials are very close to hiring a new executive director to lead the nonprofit neighborhood redevelopment organization.

Thom Pollock, president of the Renaissance board, said interviews were conducted earlier this week with the top two candidates, and the position was offered to one of them. The board is waiting for an answer, Pollock said. Both finalists had strong credentials and experience, he said.