A new 24-hour elder abuse hot line will be answered by trained caseworkers from the Illinois Department on Aging, Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced on Tuesday.
Previously, after-hours and weekend complaints had to be left on a voice-mail system.
URBANA – A proposed $4 million, 57-unit apartment project at the northeast corner of Main and Harvey streets was put in jeopardy Monday night when the Urbana City Council rejected a zoning variance request.
The council's 4-2 vote to deny Urbana developer Howard Wakeland's request to have the building encroach 8 feet into the required 15-foot setback along Main Street went against the unanimous recommendation of the city's Zoning Board of Appeals and the recommendation of city planning staff.
SAVOY – Come this summer, Champaign-Urbana air travelers will no longer be able to fly Delta directly to Cincinnati – but they will gain direct service to Atlanta.
Delta Air Lines announced Monday that on June 8, it will discontinue its three round-trip flights a day from Willard Airport to Cincinnati and add two round-trip flights a day from Willard to Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson Airport.
DANVILLE – After five years at the helm of the Renaissance Initiative, Hank Norris is stepping down as executive director to live and work in Decatur.
Although he is eager to start his new job as a real estate agent at Brinkoetter and Associates, he will miss his work with the award-winning neighborhood revitalization program and the West Downtown neighbors who have contributed to its success.
ROYAL – An Indiana agribusiness company is planning to build a 100-million-gallon ethanol plant in this rural Champaign County town.
JBS United, which operates several grain elevators in Illinois and Michigan, including one in Royal, announced Thursday it intends to construct the plant, but a company spokesperson declined to offer many details about the project.
CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois College of Business plans to beef up its ethics curriculum, thanks to two $4 million grants from the Deloitte Foundation and the U.S. District Court in Northern Illinois.
The college announced plans Thursday to establish a Center for Professional Responsibilities in Business and Society.
On this type of flight, cocktail peanuts would fly right out of passengers' hands.
As would everything else.
SIBLEY – The Ford County Board has cleared the way for possible development of a wind farm.
After a California company expressed an interest in putting dozens of wind turbines south of Sibley, the county board earlier this month changed its zoning to allow wind turbines be proposed for rural parts of the county.
CHAMPAIGN – Developers wanting to build a hotel in downtown Champaign still haven't found a place for it.
But plans for their other project – a retail/office/condominium complex on the northwest corner of Church and Neil streets – are progressing, with a construction manager chosen this week.
CHAMPAIGN – The guy who's been working to make the University of Illinois more attractive to big business has left to take a job in – where else? – big business.
Tony DeLio, the UI's director of business development, has joined National Starch & Chemical as general manager for its North American food division. The Bridgewater, N.J.-based company provides industrial starch to the food industry.