Champaign may extend recycling to multifamily dwellings

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign apartment dweller Mary Flesher says she wants to recycle but seldom does.

She blames the fact that Champaign does not offer recycling to buildings with five or more apartments. She and her husband, David, live in a 12-unit apartment building at 607 W. Springfield Ave.

CIB Marine Bancshares considers filing Chapter 11

CHAMPAIGN – The holding company for Central Illinois Bank has proposed filing a Chapter 11 expedited bankruptcy – similar to those filed by General Motors and Chrysler – as the best way to address mounting debt.

Ex-Masonic Temple being converted into luxury apartments

CHAMPAIGN – Renovations to the former Masonic Temple in downtown Champaign have begun, with plans to convert it to a luxury apartment building called The Lodge on Hill.

The building at 202 W. Hill St. – for many years known as the Jefferson Building – was acquired by Robert Grossman last fall, and architect Neil Strack of Architectural Expressions drew up plans for the building's conversion.

UI professor among 3 killed in car-train accident

SOMONAUK – A retired University of Illinois professor, his wife and a granddaughter were killed in a collision between their car and a passenger train in northern LaSalle County on Monday afternoon.

A release from LaSalle County Coroner Jodeen Bernard said Benjamin Rasmusen, 82, and his wife Marilyn Rasmusen, 81, both of Leland, were killed when the car they were in was hit by an Amtrak passenger train about 1½ miles west of Somonauk.

Champaign County group to lobby for funds in D.C.

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County business and civic leaders plan to send a delegation to the nation's capital in September to lobby for local projects.

The group, being assembled by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and the Champaign County Economic Development Corp., is scheduled to make the trip Sept. 22-25.

Speaker: Communities need to serve those who served us

DANVILLE – When Jim Brady returned to Danville in 1993 after a four-year stint in the Navy, he found the transition from military to civilian life "a little challenging."

Though the Gulf War veteran considered going to culinary school, he said, no one really was around to counsel him on education or career options, connect him with employment opportunities or point out emotional support services that were available.

Urbana council explores small-business recycling

URBANA – Tom Bruno, a city councilman in Champaign, also has a law office and four apartments in Urbana.

He puts used paper and an "occasional soda can" from the office in recycle toters for the apartments.

Gibson City Bonus Bucks working better than expected

GIBSON CITY – Mayor Daniel Dickey the Gibson City Bonus Bucks program is working better than expected to bring business to town.

He told the city council Monday that $1.3 million in car sales has accrued over the two months the program has been in operation, meaning car buyers have received $13,000 worth of Gibson City Bonus Bucks to spend at participating Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce businesses.

Do Good Consulting hosting open house Wednesday

URBANA – Free ice cream will be offered at Do Good Consulting's third-anniversary open house Wednesday in Urbana.

The open house will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the firm's office, 201 W. Green St., U.

Proviant Technologies building put on the market

CHAMPAIGN – The Proviant Technologies building north of Champaign is up for sale, and its equipment is scheduled to be auctioned off July 22.

The nutritional supplement manufacturer sold its ErgoPharm brand to a Canadian company in December 2008, and production associated with that brand moved out in January, Proviant President Ramlakhan Boodram said Monday.