Historical cemetery shows planned next three weekends

Historical cemetery shows with an Abraham Lincoln theme are planned in Springfield and Bloomington the next three weekends.

Actors will portray long-gone history makers at Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in Springfield on Saturday and Bloomington's Evergreen Cemetery during the first two weekends in October.

Champaign sheriff seeks tips on St. Joseph burglary

ST. JOSEPH – Crimestoppers of Champaign County and the Champaign County Sheriff's Office need information about a burglary that took place in St. Joseph earlier this month.

Sometime between 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, and 4:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, someone broke into a locked, enclosed pull-behind trailer on Park Street.

Open house set to show off Arcola building's face-lift

ARCOLA – An open house is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday to celebrate the transfer of a classical architectural facade to a building in downtown Arcola.

The facade of the Opera Hall building in Stewardson has found a new use in Arcola, serving as the storefront for the building that houses The Primitive Goose antique shop at 107 E. Main St.

Champaign to discuss 'urban environment' extension

CHAMPAIGN – A plan to extend the "urban environment" along Green Street west from the University of Illinois campus area will be discussed by Champaign City Council members on Tuesday.

The council will hear about a proposed change in zoning at a study session set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the city council chambers, 102 N. Neil St., C.

UI faculty has tradition of involvement in administration

URBANA – It's the University of Illinois Board of Trustees who will decide the fates of a president and a chancellor in the wake of the admissions controversy, but faculty have a tradition – and some statutory basis – for sharing in the decision.

When the Urbana faculty/student senate voted 98-55 to recommended "an orderly transition" of power at its Sept. 14 meeting, it sent a message that trustees will consider at their Nov. 12 Springfield meeting – if there isn't an emergency meeting first.

Provena's tax case might affect hospitals across state

URBANA – The six-year legal battle that began with an accusation that Provena Covenant Medical Center isn't charitable enough to be tax-exempt will enter its final chapter Wednesday, with a long-awaited hearing before the Illinois Supreme Court.

And some think there's a lot more at stake then whether one hospital in Urbana winds up with a $1 million-plus property tax bill in the mail every year.

New structure in Mahomet is 'piering' at possibilities

MAHOMET – A $197,000 fully accessible fishing pier will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Champaign County Forest Preserve District's newest park, the River Bend Forest Preserve south of Mahomet.

The aluminum "possibility pier," which was designed for disabled fishers but is open to the able-bodied as well, was built with $82,167 in grant funds from the Kellogg Foundation and the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, with the remainder coming from forest preserve district. The project at River Bend is one of three area fishing pier projects for the disabled that have been funded by the partnership. One pier at Urbana's Crystal Lake Park is already open, and plans for another, at Kaufman Lake in Champaign, are being developed.

Local group joining in on global yoga day for equinox

URBANA – Amara Yoga & Arts will join the global Mala Yoga Day on Sunday, United Nations International Peace Day, by performing sun salutations for peace.

"The fall equinox is a perfect time to honor the sun with sun salutations," said Amara yoga teacher Maggie Taylor. "It feels great to be part of something happening all over the world."

It's Your Business: Taxi/charter firm taking new route

Thomas Parker of Champaign has started a new taxi and charter business called Green Transport.

For those of you keeping track of your carbon footprint, he offers rides in-town and out-of-town in a flex-fuel-converted Chevrolet Astro Van. That means he can fill up the tank with E85, fuel that contains 85 percent ethanol.

Three banks with area ties given 'problematic' ratings

Three banks with ties to East Central Illinois have been rated "problematic" by the BauerFinancial bank rating service, based on June 30 data.

CIBM Bank, which does business locally as Central Illinois Bank, was downgraded from 3-star ("adequate") to 2-star ("problematic") in the ratings released last week. So was tiny Arcola Homestead Savings Bank.