URBANA – The opening of Montana Mike's Steakhouse next Monday gives Urbana not only a new eating option but also a new source of jobs.
"So far, we've hired 185 people," said Greg Schmidtknecht, who with John Frenz has the franchise for the new restaurant. "We received almost 800 applications."
DANVILLE – The younger generation of Luke family is taking the reins at The Varsity Room, 108 N. Vermilion St.
Cousins Maure and Grant Luke have assumed the day-to-day operation of the downtown Danville restaurant from owners Ned and Steve Luke.
URBANA – With the University of Illinois in a financial hole, maybe the answer is to raise salaries for UI administrators.
That's the semi-facetious basis for a Facebook group, "Students for increased UI administrator pay."
The manifesto of the group, founded by Mark Baker, a computer science/economics student in his second year:
CHAMPAIGN – A proposed traffic plan for the new Booker T. Washington Elementary School calls for making the block of Grove Street in front of the school one-way for one hour before and one hour after school.
But some local residents have concerns about the plan.
CHAMPAIGN – A Garden Hills after-school program likely will be expanding, and city officials say other neighborhoods could expect to see similar programs in the future.
URBANA – An Urbana man who tried to shoplift a number of items from a local department store was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison.
That didn't take long: Black's portrait bill headed to Quinn after minute of consideration in Senate
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate didn't waste much energy Tuesday debating a bill to prohibit the use of state funds for a portrait of an impeached and convicted governor.
SPRINGFIELD – A resolution urging the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to work with groups to develop laws permitting expanded use of state waterways was approved 10-0 by the House Agriculture Committee.
URBANA — A Danville woman and her one-year-old child were treated at Carle Foundation Hospital following a two vehicle crash on Interstate 74 east of Urbana Tuesday morning.