URBANA – Business is as brisk as ever at the East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center, where immigrants feel the pain of the recession just like other Americans.
"They lose their jobs like anybody else. They are faced with a crisis because they can't pay their rent or mortgage," said co-director Anh Ha Ho.
CHAMPAIGN – Kathleen Holden got her degrees in social work, but spent her career as a university administrator.
As it turned out, a lot of administration work ended up being social work.
CHAMPAIGN – Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation will offer free personal finance classes on eight different topics, starting next Tuesday.
The classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Land of Lincoln's new office at 302 N. First St., C.
CHAMPAIGN – A potential local consortium led by the University of Illinois might pursue economic stimulus grant funding to construct a "big broadband" network along the Bradley Avenue corridor in Champaign and Urbana.
DANVILLE – A city resident and business owner complained to the city council Tuesday night about the city's new vacant building ordinance.
David Quick, who owns Charlotte's restaurant on South Gilbert Street and a bed and breakfast in the same area, recently bought a building at 327 Robinson St. near his other businesses. The city would not issue a permit for a new roof until he told city officials his plans for the building and committed to renovating the dilapidated structure within a year.
CHAMPAIGN – The Fat Sandwich Company soon won't be able to deliver package liquor along with their sandwiches.
The city council voted 7-2 Tuesday night to close a loophole that had allowed the Campustown restaurant at 502 E. John St. to deliver cases of beer and liters of whiskey along with their sandwiches. The change will become effective Feb. 27,
DANVILLE – Village Mall developers are turning the former Steve and Barry's retail site into an office complex and marketing it as "The Commons."
While it's a first for the Village Mall, which opened in the mid-1970s, it's not new in other parts of the country, as other retail centers are creating mixed-use facilities to fill vacant spaces and increase pedestrian traffic.
CHAMPAIGN – A potential local consortium led by the University of Illinois appears ready to pursue economic stimulus grant funding to construct a "big broadband" network along the Bradley Avenue corridor in Champaign and Urbana to bring advanced broadband service to residents.
The economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama Tuesday includes $7 billion in funding to improve bandwidth and the availability of broadband service in underserved areas.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Wal-Mart store reopened late Tuesday afternoon after closing because of a bomb threat.
The store at 2610 N. Prospect Ave. was shut down for about an hour and a half while Champaign police searched the store with store employees. They found nothing suspicious.
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County home sales in the fourth quarter of 2008 fell nearly 27 percent from the same period a year ago.
According to the Champaign County Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service, 286 homes were sold in the fourth quarter of 2008, down from 391 homes in the fourth quarter of 2007.