Longtime professor named interim dean at UI law school

As a student at Vanderbilt University, Charles Tabb wasn't intent on becoming a lawyer.

The economics major considered taking a job with the Federal Reserve Bank. He thought about teaching history.

Oakland welcomes family and its new grocery store

OAKLAND – When Rob and Heide Knoebel make the move from St. Louis to Oakland this week, they can be pretty confident their neighbors will welcome them.

In fact, the community started rallying around the Knoebels weeks ago with a benefit to help with moving expenses and worked all day Saturday to help get them on their feet.

Power co-op completing replacement of recalled parts

PAXTON – The Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative is nearly finished replacing connectors in a junction box on water heaters, a process it began in February.

The co-op has checked some 2,500 homes and about 20 have not responded to letters or phone calls, according to Mike Wilson, spokesman for the cooperative.

Lock and dam system getting attention

PEORIA – Rick Granados describes the river he tends as a "one-lane highway," carrying Illinois resources to the world.

Granados, a navigation manager for the Army Corps of Engineers based at Rock Island, said his corps office is in charge of maintenance of locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to make barge traffic possible, an infrastructure he said is in need of attention.

Serv-U equipment company moves to new building

CHAMPAIGN – When Wayne Hemming and Mike Ciolli moved to the Champaign-Urbana area to take jobs at Hobbico, they brought along shared knowledge of a different business: the restaurant supply industry.

Both men had worked for Superior Products in St. Paul, Minn., one of the largest restaurant supply companies in the nation.

It's your business: Bigger Walgreens coming to Philo Road

Walgreens is poised to add to its collection of new drugstores in Champaign-Urbana.

Construction should start any day now on the newest store, which will replace the 14-year-old Walgreens at 1809 S. Philo Road, U, with one of the chain's free-standing corner buildings with a drive-through prescription window.

Mahomet gives green light to new shopping center

MAHOMET – Construction of Mahomet's newest shopping center will be starting soon, now that the Mahomet Village Board has approved a special-use permit for it.

The village board approved the permit for a new shopping center at 1504 E. Patton Drive at a special board meeting this week, and developer Larry Bielfeldt said crews will get started as soon as they secure building permits.

Arcola residents express support for corn processor

ARCOLA – Even though the possibility of a corn processing plant in Arcola is just that – a possibility – some residents believe the facility would be a perfect fit for Douglas County.

"We're an agricultural community," said farmer and Douglas County Board member Don Munson. "We produce corn and soybeans, and any time we can use corn and soybeans, why, we're glad to do it."

Developers hope firms will roost at new site in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Two developers plan to build nearly 200,000 square feet in office and warehouse space on 11 acres in Champaign's Mattis Commercial Park.

Ed Gire and David Johnson have formed Gire-Johnson LLC, which plans to develop Rooster Commons south of the Champaign County YMCA on North Country Fair Drive.

Firm wants to buy two plants in Rantoul

RANTOUL – The president of an Iowa-based plastic components company confirmed this morning he's interested in buying two of the three Collins & Aikman plants in Rantoul.

Reza Kargarzadeh, president of Grinnell, Iowa-based Engineered Plastic Components, said he would like to buy Plants 2 and 3 in Rantoul. Southfield, Mich.-based Collins & Aikman had planned to close those this month.