CHAMPAIGN — Fighting Illini fans were hoping first-year head football coach Tim Beckman could bring more wins to Memorial Stadium.
Local businesses were hoping he could bring more people to Champaign County.
URBANA — Come Wednesday, El Toro Mexican Restaurant in Urbana will move north and take on a new name.
Owner Martin Fuentes said El Toro will open at its new location — the former Montana Mike's at 1601 N. Cunningham Ave., U — on Wednesday.
The new restaurant will be known as Toro Loco, but will have the same menu that El Toro in Urbana had, as well as the same staff, he added.
BLOOMINGTON — Heartland Bank and Trust Co. significantly expanded its footprint last week by assuming the deposits and assets of Princeton-based Citizens First National Bank.
The developer of a new Wendy's restaurant in Champaign's Campustown says he hopes to open a Wendy's in Urbana eventually.
Mike Allegro, the owner and operator of 16 Wendy's restaurants in northeastern Illinois, said he would like to put a Wendy's in Urbana in mid-2013.
Demolition of the old Jin's Pro Auto Body building at First Street and Springfield Avenue in Champaign should begin soon.
Owner Jin Hwan Park said he expects the building to come down this month to make way for the new Japanese restaurant he's planning there.
"I hope to finish the building by April and am looking to open up in May," he said.
URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly robbed a sandwich delivery man of food has been arrested for robbery.
Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said investigators arrested Benjamin Lee Velez-Johnson, 24, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Elm Street, for the Oct. 12 robbery of a Jimmy’s John’s delivery man.
The Little Gym, which has been at Savoy Plaza for nearly five years, plans to move to The Pines shopping center in southeast Urbana early next year.
Franchise owner Giles Austin said the projected opening date is Jan. 7.
DANVILLE — Walking through the heart of Danville's downtown business district, it's difficult to know the Vermilion River cuts through just 300 yards away.
Listed are permits issued recently for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, location and description of work and the estimated cost.
Hey, Grand Slam Breakfast fans! Denny's is returning to Champaign after a 10-year absence.
David Kahre, who has the franchise for 10 other Denny's restaurants, plans to open an 11th this year at 702 W. Town Center Blvd.
That building originally housed Damon's and later Benningan's and Crazy Buffet.