CHAMPAIGN – Illinois American Water Co. announced today it will build a new water treatment plant in west Champaign, part of $40 million in capital improvements planned over the next five years.
The move comes as the cities of Champaign and Urbana continue to investigate a possible purchase of, or negotiations with, the water company following customer complaints about boil orders and low water pressure.
CHAMPAIGN – A downtown landmark building has been sold, and one of the new owners said an extensive renovation is in the works.
A partnership made up of Jeffrey Mellander, George Grubb and Bob Ballsrud closed on purchasing the building at 219-223 N. Neil St. – at the southwest corner of Neil and Church streets – a few weeks ago, purchasing it from the Fu family.
Monical's Pizza in Mahomet has moved into a new, larger building.
And there have been lots of changes made in addition to the location, says General Manager Kyle Smith.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council vote was a close one – 5 to 4 council members in favor of the smoking ban – so perhaps it is no surprise reaction to the ban was also mixed.
When bartender Eileen Ford arrived at the Brass Rail on Wednesday morning, the smoking ban was already a hot topic of conversation.
CHAMPAIGN – Though it was to no avail, a number of Champaign bar owners warned Tuesday that a comprehensive smoking ban will hurt their businesses.
The city council voted 5-4 Tuesday to enact a comprehensive smoking ban in public places, including restaurants and bars, effective Aug. 1. Urbana is expected to enact a similar ban next month.
URBANA – Safety concerns appear likely to kill a proposal to create an open-air beer garden on the second floor of the city's downtown parking deck.
The deck at Main Street and Broadway Avenue is not designed to accommodate a beer-garden use, where hundreds of people could be sitting or walking on the deck floor, without significant structural reinforcement, said engineering firm Desman Associates of Chicago.
Do you live near a school, playground or day care center?
If you do, there are laws that are intended to prevent child sex criminals from living nearby.
But the laws are not always clear on some terms – such as what constitutes a park or day care center. Different jurisdictions handle such enforcement differently and, so far, locally, it's been rare for prosecutors to file charges.
CHAMPAIGN – Students are moving out for the summer, but there's no vacation for student housing projects near the University of Illinois campus.
Work continues on the new Stratford House, a four-story women's dormitory at 310 E. Daniel St., C. Owned and operated by the Baptist Student Foundation, the $2.9 million building is expected to house 38 women when it opens this fall.
After two years of working as a nanny, Marcy Price of Champaign found she couldn't keep up with the demand for her time. So she has hired 20 more nannies and gone into business as Nannies Incorporated.
She and her nannies will come to your home and offer full-time or part-time child care, including overnight and weekend hours, for newborns through 16-year-olds. They will also provide light housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation and help with shopping.
URBANA – Most people who look at the downtown Urbana parking deck see a place to park their vehicles.
Ian Goldberg sees a slice of tropical paradise.