Company working on marine uses for its 'self-healing' coating

CHAMPAIGN – Scott White is impatient about a few things.

One is how long it takes new technologies to get into the marketplace.

Celebration puts the spotlight on innovation

CHAMPAIGN – Eleven people were honored last week for encouraging technological development in Champaign County, either through their own innovations or their support of others' efforts.

Winners at the annual Innovation Celebration – an event sponsored by the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. and several entities at University of Illinois – included:

Not everyone celebrates 'alcoholiday'

CAMPUS – As the sky grew dark over Campustown on Friday, the scene at Unofficial St. Patrick's Day grew louder and rowdier, with green-clad students filling the streets and spilling out of bars and restaurants.

Compared to previous Unofficials, though, "in general, I have to admit, it is less chaotic," Sgt. Bill Emery of the Illinois State Police said at about 8 p.m. Friday.

United Way agencies will get money as planned

DANVILLE – Sticking with its philosophy of meeting needs over counting dollars, the United Way of Danville Area board is boasting a positive outcome for its 2007 campaign as well as some changes in store for its staff.

Officials expect, when accounts affected by necessary national corporate approval come through, the campaign will achieve more than 90 percent of its $875,000 goal.

Danville's Red Cross chapter weighs options for its building

DANVILLE – When the United Way of Danville Area moves to the Thornton Building at 28 W. North St., it will leave approximately 1,000 square feet of office space available in the American Red Cross building, 320 N. Franklin St.

Jamie Davis, local emergency services coordinator, said the building is about 4,400 square feet with offices on the upper floor and a conference/training room in the lower level.

Downtown eatery's owner sells building to bank

CHAMPAIGN – The Great Impasta, a longtime anchor in the Champaign restaurant business, will leave downtown Champaign in less than a year.

The restaurant's owner, Harold Allston, finalized a sale of his property at 114 W. Church St. on Thursday to Paris-based First Bank, which plans to add a third Champaign County facility there in about a year-and-a-half.

New bank to join the crowd on Prospect

CHAMPAIGN – It's official: The former Marathon gas station at Prospect and Kirby avenues is indeed expected to become a bank.

Edgar County Bank & Trust announced Friday it has purchased the former gas station and intends to open a new office there called Prospect Bank.

Ameren's rate request faces a hostile crowd

CHAMPAIGN – Harry R. Querry of Urbana is a senior citizen who took a little while to walk up to the microphone Thursday night at a public hearing held by the Illinois Commerce Commission about AmerenIP's proposed rate increases for electricity and natural gas.

Speaking softly but firmly, Querry appeared to touch a nerve with the audience, which exceeded 100 people, at the Champaign City Building.

Public invited to offer input on power rate increases

CHAMPAIGN – Local residents can express their views tonight about Ameren's request for electric and natural gas rate increases at a public hearing.

The hearing begins at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St. Public comments will be transcribed by a stenographer and provided to the Illinois Commerce Commission. The hearing will last for as long as the public has something to say, according to Beth Bosch, a spokeswoman for the commerce commission.

County loses another round in tax case

URBANA – A Champaign County judge this morning urged county officials to give "serious thought" to complying with a Sangamon County court order that restored Provena Covenant Medical Center's property tax exemption and refunding millions of dollars in tax payments the hospital was forced to make.

Meanwhile, the hospital's lawsuit against five county officials will continue. Judge Michael Jones declined a motion on the part of the county to toss out the lawsuit the hospital filed to force the county to refund its taxes.