FutureGen studies receive $2 million in support

CARBONDALE – An Illinois board devoted to exploring the clean use of coal decided Wednesday to spend about $2 million on studies to move FutureGen forward.

Southern Illinois University's Clean Coal Review Board, made up of legislators and coal industry officials, voted unanimously Wednesday to make good on last year's $2 million pledge to the plant proposed for Mattoon.

Rantoul chamber director stepping down effective Sept. 1

RANTOUL – Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joe Bolser is stepping down on Sept. 1.

"I've really enjoyed working here, but it's time to move on," Bolser said on Tuesday. "It's time for somebody else to do their thing."

Freedom says fuel tanks not to blame for station closing

TOLONO – Freedom Oil Company officials say its fuel tanks played no role in the closing of their Tolono location last week and that the decision to close it was the result of their trying to sell it without success.

According to Freedom president and owner Michael Owens, the company bought the store at 101 N. Watson St. in August 1993.

Incident also puts spotlight on insurance

As she takes care of the business end of her father's untimely death, Delania Oman is hopeful that his modest estate won't be eaten up by medical bills.

Delt Baines, 66, was treated at Carle Foundation Hospital after the collision with a car that sent him flying off his motorcycle on the afternoon of April 23.

Minneci brothers sell restaurant after quarter-century

CHAMPAIGN – For 25 years, the two Minneci brothers – Joe and Pete – and their wives – Mary and Maria, respectively – worked side by side (by side by side) at their Italian restaurant in Champaign.

But when Minneci's Ristorante reopens for business July 14, it will have two new owners who happen to be the same ages Joe and Pete were when they started out in the food business.

Indoor course puts golf in a new light

CHAMPAIGN – As a grandmother of two, Elisa Testory could see there just weren't enough places in Champaign-Urbana to play when the weather's not so nice.

So she and her husband, Dave Bolt, have created such a place – an indoor, black-light miniature golf course – at one of their two Champaign bowling alleys, Arrowhead Lanes.

Minneci brothers' secrets: Food, friendliness, respect

CHAMPAIGN – How do two couples work together daily for 25 years without killing each other, divorcing each other or splitting up the business?

"We respect each other. We talk about it," said Maria Minneci, who works at Minneci's Ristorante with her husband, Pete, and his brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Mary. "Communication is the best way to run a business."

Arthur board to visit business to see flooding damage

ARTHUR – The Arthur village board will visit a local business on Monday to see damage caused by recent floods firsthand.

The board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Masterbrand Cabinet, 217 S. Oak St., Arthur.

Developer hopes to start building in fall

RANTOUL – A Rantoul developer said he expects construction to begin this fall on a new residential subdivision and a new commercial subdivision south of the Rantoul Wal-Mart SuperCenter.

Developer Joe Warner said he will proceed with the projects along South Murray Road following Thursday's vote by the Rantoul Village Board to create a tax-increment-financing district.

New 'green' dining area ready to go up

URBANA – Construction of an environmentally friendly dining area and lounge should begin soon at Hendrick House in Urbana.

The private residence hall at Green Street and Lincoln Avenue has embarked on a $3 million construction and renovation project that includes remodeling the existing dining area and installing a geothermal heating and cooling system, according to Betsy Hendrick, president of Hendrick Dorms Inc.