Public hearing on fire cuts set

DANVILLE – The fire at 107 N. Vermilion St. last week reinforced Gerri Lawrence's stance on proposed firefighter cuts – the city can't afford to lose any.

"I don't know what we'd have done if we didn't have these guys," Lawrence said.

Lawmakers seek extension of medical construction board

SPRINGFIELD – Another move is afoot to extend the life of the state board that wields power over big medical construction projects.

The last time the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board was extended was last spring.

Larkin's Place is in the heart

Amy Armstrong remembers the very moment it came to her, why it turned out to be her daughter – the child she and her husband, Andy, longed so much to have – who was born with disabilities.

Call it a voice whispering inside her head.

Immigration arrests scared, confused family

A series of arrests last month by immigration officials at a Champaign mobile-home park had a family – including three children – afraid, confused and without electricity.

Federal agency officials, immigration advocates and an immigration attorney all agree that immigrants need to know their rights in such a situation.

Philo man helps Casey's start computer repair drop-off service

PHILO – Dan Ault had driven seven hours to get to Ankeny, Iowa.

The Code4pc managing partner and his operations manager, Wyatt Scheiding, arrived at the corporate headquarters of Casey's General Stores, a structure roughly the size of Champaign's Kraft Foods facility.

10 things you should know about Alice Payne

The News-Gazette's Noelle McGee offers a closer look at the Danville principal:

Plan for Campustown district gets face-lift

CHAMPAIGN – A plan that city staff members are finalizing eventually could lead to higher property taxes for some East Green Street property owners, much denser development in the western part of Campustown, a campus parking deck and a multimillion- dollar extension of the streetscape.

The plan could lead to an eventual reshaping of the Green Street corridor, which already is undergoing a boom with a 24-story apartment building and a seven-story retail and office building currently under construction.

It's your business: Mexican restaurant headed to Champaign

Taco Loco, a fast-food Mexican restaurant in Mahomet, is expanding to Champaign.

Owner Sandro Cuellar said the new restaurant will open in June at 523 Town Center Blvd., next to the Regency Beauty Institute.

Old public health offices to be converted for Estate Sale

CHAMPAIGN – What could be a more appropriate home than a French estate for a business called The Estate Sale?

That's what Bob Grossman says the former Champaign-Urbana Public Health District headquarters will look like, once the building at 710 N. Neil St. has been renovated.

Mellander sees 2009 finish for downtown project

CHAMPAIGN – Work on the historic Metropolitan Building in downtown Champaign has been going on for months, and developer Jeff Mellander hopes it'll be ready for occupancy in early 2009.

The three-story building at the southwest corner of Church and Neil streets is being renovated for loft apartments, with 12 units planned for the upper two stories.