Sears space to be demolished at Market Place

CHAMPAIGN — The former Sears store at Market Place Shopping Center is likely to be torn down early next year to make way for a new development.

Champaign Market Place LLC on Tuesday applied for a demolition permit from the city of Champaign for the nearly 160,000-square-foot building that anchors the east end of the mall.

Family life: Don't put off health insurance enrollment

By Chelsey Byers/University of Illinois Extension

The Affordable Care Act was passed to ensure that all Americans have access to health insurance. The marketplace offers uninsured individuals and families various health care plans. If you currently do not have coverage or need coverage for 2015, it's time for you and your family to review your health insurance options.

Quick Read: C-U again near tops in job opportunities

For the fourth time in the last five quarters, Champaign has landed on the list of 10 U.S. metro areas with the most job opportunities per capita.

This time, Champaign ranked No. 8 on's list of metro areas with the highest number of open jobs and the least competition for them during the third quarter of this year.

Turbines boosting governments' bank accounts

In its first year on the property tax rolls, the California Ridge wind farm contributed more than $2.3 million to the coffers of schools, community colleges, counties, townships, libraries and fire districts in Champaign and Vermilion counties.

Cost of Thanksgiving is going up, but not by much

J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor

Christina Gann, Volunteer Operations Manager for Gifford Recovery

Christina Gann, Volunteer Operations Manager for Gifford Recovery: Play now!

WDWS reporter Scott Beatty visits with Christina Gann, the volunteer operations manager in the Gifford recovery efforts.  She reflects on what happened on Nov. 17, 2013, and where the progress the town has made in one year.


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Quick Read: Beyond Volition

The U.S. video game industry grew much faster than the overall U.S. economy between 2009 and 2012, according to a report released this week by the Entertainment Software Association.

The video game industry grew by an annual rate of 9.7 percent, while the overall economy increased by only 2.4 percent a year.

Tuscola official spells out expectations of Cronus

CHAMPAIGN — The new Cronus Fertilizers plant west of Tuscola is expected to draw employees from a five- to six-county area at a minimum, a Tuscola economic development official said.

How low will gas prices go?

CHAMPAIGN — Gas prices continue to edge lower across the country, with local prices trending below the national average.

On Wednesday afternoon the Marathon station at 1101 N. Prospect Ave. in Champaign was advertising gas at $2.62 a gallon, while the Urbana Food Mart at 1509 E. Washington Ave., was selling for $2.64 a gallon, according to

Family Checkbook: A little help navigating the student loan minefield

By Kathy Sweedler/University of Illinois Extension