Expansion in offing for Danville-area company?

DANVILLE – Local officials hope to know in the next several weeks whether a local company will build a 200,000-square-foot expansion in Danville's Southgate Industrial Park and bring 17 new full-time jobs to the area.

Firm uses new technology to refine crude petroleum

CHAMPAIGN – A former University of Illinois employee has launched a company intent on making the petroleum-refining industry cleaner and less energy-intensive.

Study: Champaign should consider developer impact fees

CHAMPAIGN – Most residential development in Champaign does not pay for itself when compared to the cost of providing city infrastructure and services, according to a city consultant.

Freestar Bank interim CEO's job made permanent

CHAMPAIGN – P. David Kuhl's interim appointment as president and CEO of Freestar Bank has been made permanent.

"The board of directors met and asked if I would consider coming on full time, and I was having so much fun, I said sure," Kuhl said.

Champaign council rejects fee hike for ambulances

CHAMPAIGN – City council members Karen Foster and Marci Dodds said they helped defeat a proposed $20,000 annual fee on Carle-Arrow and Pro ambulance services because they weren't satisfied with city staff justifications for the fees.

"No one could give a straight answer why it was $20,000, instead of $5,000 or $50,000," said Dodds. "No one could say what it was for."

Former Southland employees to gather for reunion

CHAMPAIGN – For former employees of the Southland Corp. in Champaign, "7/11" has special significance.

7-Eleven was the name of the convenience store chain supplied by the Southland distribution center.

And 7/11 – July 11, 2009 – is the date of the 16-year reunion picnic for former Southland employees.

Youth programs help make finding summer work possible

DANVILLE – This summer, Renae Adams hopes to find a job typing and filing, or landscaping.

Jeffrey Harris hopes to land work building or remodeling a house.

You might think that could be pretty tough in this tight job market, especially since Harris and Adams are teens. But two new summer youth work programs funded with federal stimulus money could give them and other Vermilion County residents, ages 14 to 24, a chance to do that.

Provena hospital system dropping Danville doctors

DANVILLE – Catholic health care and hospital system Provena Health plans to dissolve its physician practice in Danville over the next few months and help its doctors in that community move to other practices.

The 16 doctors working for the Provena Medical Group in Champaign-Urbana and Savoy won't be affected by the move, according to a local Provena official.

Pending loss of health coverage worries GM retirees

DANVILLE – Eleanor Shapuras feels grateful, even though several years ago she lost her husband – one of the many people who logged more than 30 years at the former General Motors foundry in Tilton.

Provena to dissolve physician practice in Danville

DANVILLE – Provena Health will dissolve its physician practice in Danville over the next several months and help the doctors make transitions to other practices, a spokesman for Provena United Samaritans Medical Center said.