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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Danville Art League pushing on with plans for building

DANVILLE – An Indiana development company's project to build a senior housing complex in downtown Danville has failed to get tax credit funding through the state of Illinois, but the company may reapply later this year.

The DreamShop to feature top tools, easy access to supplies

CHAMPAIGN – Dennis Coleman loves woodworking projects. He's built a drop-leaf cutting table for his wife's sewing projects, a mirrored medicine chest for their bedroom and a triangular end table for their living room.

Now he and other woodworkers in the Champaign-Urbana area are planning to create a "dream workshop" where they – and others like them – can have access to an array of professional-grade power tools.

It's Your Business: East Coast pizza to star at Vinny's

When you think of New York-style pizza, what do you think of?

Big, round, cheesy pies with bubbles at the edge of a crispy, lightly charred crust? Slices large enough to fold in half and eat while walking down the sidewalk?

Champaign farmstead's cheeses gain following

CHAMPAIGN – In just a few years Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in rural Champaign has brightened the food landscape of East Central Illinois, and the state.

The first artisan-cheese farmstead in Illinois boasts a loyal following of foodies and has attracted national attention for its French-style goat- and sheep-milk cheeses.

First-time homebuyer credit proves enticing

CHAMPAIGN – Philip Fiscella is only a year out of college, but already he's the owner of a duplex in west Champaign.

The 22-year-old Fiscella bought the duplex at 1614 W. Union St. for $115,000, nearly $10,000 less than the original asking price of $124,900, he said.