Great Impasta back in business; regular hours begin Monday

URBANA – The Great Impasta has reopened at its new location at Urbana's Lincoln Square Village.

And if you tried to make a reservation there for a Valentine's Day dinner and couldn't get through on the phone, owner Harold Allston says he's sorry about that. The new location didn't have phone service until Friday, he said.

Tech upgrade will bring Urbana schools up to speed

URBANA – Erin Lodes dreams of a day when her music students can use class time to watch videos.

Learning a click away in Danville High School class

DANVILLE – Lately, some Danville High School students' favorite high-tech gadget isn't their cellphone, iPod or some other electronic device their teacher will confiscate if it's used in the classroom.

Their teacher even loves using this one as much as they do.

Customers line up for closing sale at Pages for All Ages

SAVOY – Friday was a tough day for Susan Griffing, co-owner of Pages For All Ages.

Swarms of people picked through the stock for the bookstore's going-out-of-business sale Friday afternoon and waited in three-hour lines to buy their deals.

'Clicker' system is a hit with students who use it

So, do Danville High School students like the classroom response system, or "clicker" system?


Contractor hopes to have grocery store sidewalk done in time

CHAMPAIGN – A local cement contractor says he thinks his firm can finish a sidewalk to a new County Market store before next Thursday's scheduled grand opening – if the weather will cooperate.

A cement contractor, Duce Construction Co. of unincorporated Champaign, was hired this week to finish a sidewalk for the County Market store adjacent to the Burnham 310 apartment complex, at Springfield Avenue and Fourth Street. Some work on the sidewalk project was going on Thursday.

Busey Bank executives leaving, but will stay on board

URBANA – Two prominent bankers will leave Busey Bank at the end of the month, the bank's holding company disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission this week.

Lee O'Neill will retire as chief executive officer of Busey Bank on Feb. 28 after 26 years with the company. David D. Mills will resign as executive vice president of First Busey Corp. that same day.

University of Illinois opens research center in Singapore

University of Illinois officials on Thursday celebrated the opening of the university's first research center outside the United States.

The Advanced Digital Sciences Center in Singapore officially opened in Fusionopolis, a science and technology complex developed by Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research, or A*STAR.

FutureGen not explicitly named in stimulus bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. –FutureGen isn't named in the stimulus package that could be voted on as early as today.

But some hope that money in the package could be used to build the state-of-the-art power plant in Mattoon.

Crowd hits Pages for All Ages for final sale

SAVOY – Checkout lines were at least three hours long at the going-out-of-business sale Friday afternoon at Pages for All Ages bookstore in Savoy.

"It's an institution and part of the town," customer Pam Knox  said of the bookstore. "It's going to be sadly missed."