MONTICELLO – City leaders are considering trying to convince a private company to build a biomass gasification plant in Monticello that would convert waste, crops or other products into energy by producing gas.
For example, a wood gasification plant treats scrap wood, landscape waste and other wood to produce a gas that can fire a turbine to generate electricity.
CHAMPAIGN – Glotel, an international staffing company, plans to open an office in Champaign that will recruit people to fill information-technology jobs nationwide.
The office, at 1902 Fox Drive, will employ nine people when it opens next Monday but could employ as many as 40 to 60 in the next year or so, said Greg Schweinzger, vice president of sales for Chicago-based Glotel North America.
Last spring was a time of such promise for Erica Van Zuidam, a beautiful, athletic young woman finishing her first year of college.
But in a few short hours, she went from being a normal college student, hanging out at the pool with her friends, to fighting for her life. Bacterial meningitis, sometimes called the dorm disease, nearly killed her. It took her hands and feet.
It formed an even tighter bond between her already close-knit family, who found something to laugh at through some of the worst times of their lives.
Erica's faith in God, her positive attitude and her determination to be independent again have led her from her hospital bed through therapy to preparing to return to the University of Illinois this fall.
There's a new source for gardeners in Champaign.
Danville Gardens Too, an offshoot of Danville Gardens, has opened at 1413 N. Prospect Ave., C, and is open seven days a week.
URBANA – Since the early 1950s, the compact, single-story housing units at Fairlawn Village have been home to generations of tenants.
Now, the leases are being phased out and replaced with mortgages, because Fairlawn is going condo.
CHAMPAIGN – The Rev. Eugene Barnes is on a mission.
Though he's a man of God, he's worried about the activities of men right now.
URBANA – Despite some qualms, the Urbana City Council voted tentatively Monday night to move forward on a proposal to allow an open-air bar on the second floor of the downtown parking deck on weekends.
In an 8-0 voice vote, council members instructed city officials to continue negotiating a draft lease with Urbana bar owners Ian Goldberg and Scott Glassman, who are calling the proposed outdoor bar the Upper Deck. It would be in the western part of the parking deck's second floor.
HOMER – Curt and Teri Dickinson don't cotton to fancy snack foods like gourmet crackers or cheeses with weird names.
No sirree. Give 'em candy bars and chips. Beef jerky and aerosol cheese.
TUSCOLA – Robert Finley opened a can of Mountain Dew in front of 150 people Tuesday night at the Tuscola Community Center.
No, Finley wasn't thirsty. The Illinois State Geological Survey senior geologist wanted to demonstrate how the fizz in the pop – carbon dioxide – enters the atmosphere.
CHAMPAIGN – When David Spears and Sharon Owens opened an offbeat restaurant called Radio Maria in downtown Champaign, they hoped it would leave them some time to continue their other careers as artists.
A decade later, they say, the restaurant itself has become their artwork.