Reactions to the FutureGen decision

"As the entire world watches, Illinois is ready to get to work to ensure that FutureGen is a success."

– Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Group hopes to strengthen financial support

CHAMPAIGN – Finding a new president is a priority for the Champaign County Economic Development Corp., but finalizing a strategic plan comes first, the group's chairman said.

Craig Rost said the group wants to put that plan to work in 2008. One thing it's sure to address is how to generate more financial support from private and government sources.

Woman killed in accident; 3 injured

A Saturday-morning crash on southbound Interstate 57 left an Indiana woman dead and three others with minor injuries.

The woman, 45-year-old Josefina Sierra, was ejected from a 1991 Toyota pickup truck driven by 44-year-old Saul Sierra near I-57's Monticello Road exit. The single-vehicle crash occurred at about 6:15 a.m., according to Illinois State Police.

Towns awaiting the word on FutureGen plant

TUSCOLA – Brian Moody says it feels like Christmas Eve in Tuscola.

He just isn't sure if there will be anything under the tree if the announcement is made Tuesday on which town gets the $1.5 billion FutureGen plant.

Champaign Asphalt looking to North Lincoln

URBANA – Champaign Asphalt hopes to move its asphalt plant to the North Lincoln Avenue area of Urbana and perhaps someday move its offices there too.

The company, which employs about 20 people full time as well as more than 150 during construction season, operates an asphalt plant on Oak Street north of Bradley Avenue in Champaign.

'Green roof' to top redevelopment project

CHAMPAIGN – There may not be room to plant a forest in downtown Champaign, but local developers found a place to add an island.

A green one, 44 feet off the ground.

Christmas trees to be given away

The University of Illinois is giving away about 15 decorated Christmas trees that once adorned its Ice Arena.

David Bagger, assistant director at the UI Ice Arena, said the trees, used to decorate the arena but no longer needed now that the semester has ended, will be placed outside from about 10 a.m. to noon Monday. He said the trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Certification helps area educators work to their strengths

Julie Erlinger has no fond memories of the notoriously rigorous process of National Board Certified Teachers preparation. She had to videotape some of her Urbana High School English classes and watch herself teach.

And then watch the videos again – and again and again.

It's your business: Shop has more than Two Loose Screws

A new store selling crafts and collectible items has opened in Monticello.

Located at 101 N. Market St., the store is called Two Loose Screws – a name one of the owners, Ruth Manint of Bement, said her husband humorously suggested after hearing she and co-owner Linda Morenz of Monticello were setting up shop.

Children's Place coming to Tuscola mall

TUSCOLA – A popular children's clothing store is coming to the Tanger Outlet Mall.

General manager Morrie Mendenhall announced Friday that Children's Place will open a store at the outlet center during the second quarter of 2008.