CHAMPAIGN – Local bar owners are organizing to fight a smoking ban in Champaign-Urbana and to represent their interests on other city issues.
An organizational meeting for the CU Bar Owners Association at Memphis on Main Street, 55 E. Main St., C, attracted about 18 bar owners and representatives. About 50 liquor license holders were invited.
CHAMPAIGN – CVS Corp. plans to convert Osco stores in central Illinois to CVS stores, with new signs going up in early July and remodeling starting in late summer or early fall, a CVS spokesman said.
Osco has two stores in Champaign and one each in Urbana, Danville, Charleston and Mattoon. There's no word yet whether any of those stores might close. The Danville Osco at 904 N. Gilbert St. is only a few blocks away from a CVS store at 820 N. Vermilion St.
DANVILLE – Renee McDaniels sometimes sleeps in the last seat on the 40-minute bus ride from Danville to Champaign.
She is a regular on Danville Mass Transit's number 10 route, the latest addition to its system.
CHAMPAIGN – And the winner is: Champaign.
Obiter Research, which makes hard-to-obtain research chemicals, has decided to build a $4 million facility in Champaign's Apollo industrial park, rather than move to Iowa City.
CHAMPAIGN – Tired of talking with Peoria and Decatur about possible inclusion in their foreign trade zones, Champaign County is considering setting up one of its own.
The Champaign County Economic Development Corp. is researching the possibility of hiring a Kansas City, Mo., law firm, Miller & Company, to help set up such a zone.
FARMER CITY – Until a few weeks ago, if a person suddenly suffered a heart attack or other medical ailment, Farmer City residents could count on an ambulance with a paramedic, intravenous equipment and drugs on board to arrive in a few minutes.
All that changed on June 7 as a result of a state decision because the city no longer has enough trained paramedics.
Bill Mount and Paul Johnson meet at the Courtview Restaurant every morning for coffee. On this day, Johnson has to rush off, not to a job, but to let the dogs out.
He and Mount are longtime friends and retired from a local steel company that's closed now. Although they don't need jobs, both are rooting for Honda to put its new manufacturing plant in Washington Court House, a community that's been good to them.
A 14-year-old boy said that after his mother started using methamphetamine, she no longer acted like a mom should.
In contrast, his 13-year-old brother believes the government is persecuting their father unfairly.
CHAMPAIGN – When Christie Clinic opened its own cancer center this spring in downtown Champaign, nearby Provena Covenant Medical Center predicted the competition would make a substantial dent in the hospital's income.
Now, the hospital is lining up to object to another Christie Clinic expansion project: a new outpatient surgery center.
CHAMPAIGN – Outdoor cafes could soon begin appearing along Green Street in Campustown, but city officials don't want customers to be able to drink alcohol at those cafes.
The Champaign City Council will consider at its study session Tuesday night whether to allow outdoor cafes along Green Street, between Wright and Fourth streets.