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Will downtown Rantoul vanish? Not if developers have their way

RANTOUL — Paula Hopkins fears for the future of downtown Rantoul.

Victor Torres II and his family appear to be bullish on the downtown, however, and have recently purchased several properties there.

And village officials say they haven't forgotten downtown and are hopeful of giving it a shot in the arm.


Kohl's in Danville still on schedule

DANVILLE — Construction on the North Vermilion Street retail development that includes a Kohl's department store is not being affected by a decision to delay the opening of at least one new Kohl's store next year, according to Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.


Stores use 'scrip' to promote local business

URBANA — Twenty-three businesses so far have agreed to participate in a program that would use "scrip" to promote local business.

The UC Smiles program plans to issue scrip — a substitute for currency — beginning in November. Participating retailers will offer promotions and discounts to customers using the scrip.


Douglas County trying to find suspects in business, farm burglaries

The Douglas County sheriff's office, the Tuscola Police Department and the Douglas County Crimestoppers are seeking information to help them solve several burglaries that happened over the last few days.

These burglaries include:


Pharmacy/convenience store coming to downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Downtown Champaign is expected to get a new pharmacy and convenience store in a matter of months.

CompleteCare Pharmacy, which already has locations in downtown Springfield and Chatham, plans to open at 14 E. Washington St., C, on the first floor of the Hickory Building.


Flash Index stays unchanged

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index remained at 102.9 in August, unchanged from July, indicating sluggish economic growth in the state.

Economist J. Fred Giertz, who compiles the index, said state and national unemployment rates rose slightly in July and growth in Gross Domestic Product remains slow.


Unlike Champaign, Savoy car dealerships don't plan to move

     The head of Worden Martin Inc. said there are no plans to move its car dealerships out of Savoy, as plans are being made to move its Champaign location to the northern part of the city.


Easton-Bell expansion groundbreaking has workforce feeling 'blessed'

RANTOUL — Teri Crapse said her department is anticipating some more elbow room.

And windows.

Donna Flood looks forward to construction of a facility that will feature "advanced and modernized technology."

Frank Ball said he and his co-workers are "blessed" to continue to work in the jobs they enjoy.


Champaign City Council to discuss storefront-improvement program

CHAMPAIGN — City administrators this week are set to introduce a storefront-improvement program for which retail buildings in the downtown and midtown areas would be eligible for up to $10,000 in city assistance to help with renovations of ground floors and facades.


THQ: 'Dominatrix' to get full-game treatment; preproduction stops on 'inSANE' trilogy

CHAMPAIGN — Jason Rubin liked Volition's "Saints Row: Enter The Dominatrix" so much, he upgraded it to a stand-alone game.

Rubin, the new president of Volition's parent company, THQ, told analysts Monday he had "an incredible amount of fun" playing "Enter The Dominatrix" and decided it shouldn't be just a stand-alone expansion of "Saints Row The Third."