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Fair's familiar sights starting to take shape

URBANA – It's eerily quiet at the racetrack on Monday afternoon, a whisper of wind picking up bit of dust and the faint whirr of machines.

No horses step proudly around the track. No beat-up cars zoom toward each other in kamikaze-like combat. No swarms of fairgoers sit packed into the stands, munching steak on a stick or caramel apples as they cheer on favorites.

Mall service to allow shoppers to find, reserve products

CHAMPAIGN – Market Place Mall is adopting new technology in an effort to battle online retailers.

In a sense, it's, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

Man pleads innocent to burglary charge

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man is accused of breaking into a house in Champaign.

Billy Joe Smith, 25, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Westfield Drive, Champaign, was arraigned and pleaded innocent to a charge of residential burglary Monday.

Bath & Bodyworks store coming to Tuscola

TUSCOLA – A Bath & Bodyworks outlet store will open in the Tanger Outlet Center in Tuscola later this year said mall General Manager Morrie Mendenhall says.

Tanger has a signed lease for the store, but doesn't have a projected opening date for it yet, he added.

Governor's business tax list receives chilly reception

SPRINGFIELD – Plans to raise a variety of business taxes won't fly in the General Assembly and should be taken off the budget negotiating table, state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, said on Monday.

Brady said the Blagojevich administration gave him a list of two dozen proposals over the weekend, including ending the sales tax exemption on agricultural inputs, repealing a tax credit for research and development and taxing businesses for certain software purchases.

UI explores Willard Airport options

The University of Illinois is considering hiring a private company to manage Willard Airport.

Last week the university issued a "request for information" aimed at gauging interest and gathering information from companies who could run the airport's day-to-day operations, such as parking, security and maintenance.

Tax ideas stir controversy

SPRINGFIELD – Plans to raise a variety of business taxes won't fly in the General Assembly and should be taken off the budget negotiating table, state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, said Monday.

Brady said the Blagojevich administration gave him a list of two dozen proposals over the weekend, including ending the sales tax exemption on agricultural inputs, repealing a tax credit for research and development and taxing businesses for certain software purchases.

North Fork Conservation Club promoting wildlife

When the North Fork Conservation Club was formed in 1961, meetings were held at Hoopeston's Universalist Church.

Annual dues were $5.

3 arrested after gunshots fired in Danville parking lot

DANVILLE – Danville police arrested three men early Monday morning after a shooting in the parking lot of the Save-A-Lot on North Griffin Street.

Doug Miller, deputy director of the Danville police department, said a call was made about 1:40 a.m. to police about a juvenile problem in the parking lot of Save-A-Lot, 102 N. Griffin St. in Danville.

Tilton Block Party for fun, funds

TILTON – Members of the Tilton Ambulance Service have planned an event that will not only bring their community together, but also raise money to buy and update required equipment.

The first Block Party that organizers hope will become an annual event is set to begin with a pancake-and-sausage breakfast at the fire station, and activities will continue through an evening street dance.