Building permits, Feb. 26, 2017

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling costing more than $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


TAG Residential LLC, new single-family residence at 307 Corey Lane, $117,267.

Just Askin': Home sales and weather

How much is the warm weather helping home sales?

A lot, according to Champaign County Association of Realtors President Jim Waller.

"The warm weather has helped to get people out," he said. "At my last open house, 10 groups were out and they all said they were there because of the nice weather."

New Regional Planning Commission exec to start in June

URBANA — Dalitso Sulamoyo has been named chief executive officer of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, replacing Cameron Moore, who resigned from the agency more than a year ago.

Sulamoyo is now president and CEO of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies in Springfield. He is expected to begin work at the RPC on June 1.

Tom's #Mailbag, Feb. 24, 2017

Have a question for Tom? Ask it here

There's no theme to the questions in this week's mailbag. Your questions were from all directions — politics, history, abandoned homes, street signs, recycling, businesses, even about the wealth of the Kennedy family.

Champaign chamber favors selling county nursing home

CHAMPAIGN — The board of directors of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce is on record in opposition to a property-tax increase to benefit the financially struggling Champaign County Nursing Home, and is in favor of selling the institution to a private operator.

Syngenta to open lab at UI Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — One of the largest agriculture companies in the world is opening a digital innovation lab at the University of Illinois Research Park.

Switzerland-based Syngenta announced the lab Thursday, with hopes to open it by this summer. It has already leased the 1,600-square-foot space.

Lot for sale even as county, owner wrangle over taxes

CHAMPAIGN — A legal dispute between the county and the owner of a weedy, fenced-in property at a major Interstate 74 gateway into Champaign is awaiting a resolution by an appellate court.

Meanwhile, this 4-acre piece of ground at 1505 N. Neil St. is sporting a new red for-sale sign and a $1.7 million price tag.

Lincoln Square: From epicenter to comfort space

Just before 10 o'clock on a recent February Friday morning, Chelsey Campbell is standing near what used to be the entrance to the original Carson Pirie Scott department store. Today, Tang Dynasty, a Chinese restaurant a few feet to her left is the marquee establishment at that entrance. Inches away to her right is a "For Lease" sign for the available space inside Lincoln Square.

Jim Dey: He's got a vested interest in state budget deal

Greg Baise isn't one of the brawlers in the 20-month-old state budget scrum between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, but he's sure got a dog in the fight.

Development in North Prospect corridor gaining steam

CHAMPAIGN — There's more in store for the commercial strip along Champaign's bustling North Prospect Avenue.

Green Street Realty — which has already developed one retail center on the west side of Prospect with a newly opened Taco John's restaurant — has staked a claim on the east side of the road.