Rose introduces bill to protect homeowners near retention ponds

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that could prevent people with the wrong intentions from buying retention ponds in Illinois subdivisions was introduced this week in the Illinois Legislature by state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet.

Kraft Heinz installing new pasta dryer at Champaign plant

CHAMPAIGN — With the help of a giant crane, workers are installing a new pasta dryer at the Kraft Heinz plant in Champaign.

"We're investing in the facility by installing a new pasta dryer for Kraft Mac & Cheese," spokeswoman Lynne Galia said.

The project will take about six months to complete.

Tom's #Mailbag, Feb. 16, 2018

Questions for the 'Bag? Ask them by clicking here

It's another Infrastructure Week at the mailbag. But unlike other infrastructure programs, this one is 100 percent funded and doesn't require an 80 percent local match.

Fisher grocery store up for sale after 90 years of family ownership


FISHER — The village's downtown grocery store isn't going anywhere, but one big change is on the way.

After almost 90 years as a family-owned business at the corner of Third and Front streets in Fisher, Ingold's Grocery has been put up for sale. With it will go three generations of continuous ownership under the Ingold family.

Economic Development Corp.'s director exiting at June's end

CHAMPAIGN — After nearly 30 years in economic development, Craig Rost is stepping down at the end of June from his post as executive director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corp.

Though he wouldn't call it retiring.

Farmers getting mandatory training on special formulation of herbicide

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of soybean and cotton farmers across the country are taking free but mandatory training in how to properly use a weed killer blamed for drifting and damaging crops in neighboring fields.

Today's Special: Vinny's moving its New York-style pizza to Campustown

CHAMPAIGN — After more than eight years serving big, round, cheesy New York-style pizzas at 401 W. Kirby Ave. in Champaign, Vinny's East Coast Pizzeria will soon be moving.

Owner Mohamed Dardir said that the restaurant he founded in 2009, Vinny's, will serve its final pizza on Kirby Avenue on Feb. 28 before reopening March 15 at 50 E. Green St.

Just Askin': Pink Pig opening day

When is Ogden's Pink Pig opening?

The former Pink House is set to reopen Presidents Day as the Pink Pig.

"We're opening Feb. 19 at 11 a.m.," co-owner Traci Lipps said.

Building permits, Feb. 11, 2018

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


CDR Construction, remodeling at single-family residence at 1108 Sterling Drive, $37,000.

Willard Airport flew higher in 2017

SAVOY — When Willard Airport added United flights to Chicago last June, officials hoped they wouldn't take away passengers from American.

So far they haven't.

American Airlines' load factor, which is roughly the percentage of seats filled on each flight from Willard, increased from 80.2 percent in 2016 to 81.5 last year.