URBANA – With one of the two hospitals under his watch turning a profit and the other losing considerably less money than it did a year ago, David Bertauski may be just what the doctor ordered for Provena Health's financially ailing Central Illinois region.
Last year, Provena's Covenant Medical Center in Urbana and United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville lost a combined $6.8 million – with Covenant's $10 million loss wiping out a gain in excess of $3 million at United Samaritans.
Champaign-Urbana's newest Walgreens drugstore – built at Kirby Avenue and Neil Street in Champaign – is almost ready for shoppers.
An opening date has been set for Friday, manager Liza Stillabower said.
CHAMPAIGN – Three top employees at Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County have just over one year's experience – combined.
Eileen Gebbie, hired in May as volunteer and outreach manager, is serving as interim executive director after the board's dismissal of Laura Huth on July 6. Development Director Megan Wolf was just hired, replacing Anna Olson, who left June 30 after one year on the job. Gebbie's predecessor, Annisa Rainey, lasted less than a year.
SPRINGFIELD – On Tuesday morning, Tuscola, Mattoon and 10 other communities will find out if they still have a chance to land the $1 billion FutureGen project, billed as the "coal plant of the future."
Brian Moody, executive director of Tuscola Economic Development Inc., said he was excited to learn that a date had been set to announce the list of finalists.
URBANA – With only 11 days to go before Urbana restaurants must become smoke-free, the city and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District have reached a tentative agreement on how they'll jointly enforce the smoking ban.
The biggest emphasis will be on education, with several city officials planning to fan out across the city next week to visit 53 Urbana restaurants to explain the smoking ban in detail to restaurant owners and managers.
ARTHUR – On the north side, the SUVs, pickups and farm trucks park.
On the south side are Amish buggies, carts and horses, swishing their tails at pesky flies.
In between, in the shade of a large metal pole barn, the two cultures meld into a friendly group of bidders and sellers as the Arthur Produce Auction gets under way.
RANTOUL – Champaign County offered one site for consideration when Honda was deciding where to put its new automotive plant, economic development officials said.
The 1,400-acre site was near Rantoul's industrial park, and Honda didn't seem to pursue much follow-up information about it, according to Reed Berger, Rantoul's economic development director.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued an executive order on Thursday creating a new Division of Patient Safety and proposed computerizing prescriptions to help prevent errors.
"If we're successful, our patient safety plan will save money because it will reduce the costs that come with treating medical errors," the governor stated in a written release. "But far more importantly, it will save lives."
CHAMPAIGN – Long before he became a restaurateur, Harold Allston dreamed of being a chess champion, or the next Great American Novelist.
But a chance job he took at the now-defunct Greater Downtown Food & Beverage restaurant in downtown Champaign started him on a different path.
URBANA – It's just a draft ordinance, subject to future changes. But a proposed rental registration and systematic inspection program in Urbana is already drawing heat from landlords.
The Urbana City Council, as the committee of the whole, will discuss the draft starting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.