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.
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 Beyond.com'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.
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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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.
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.
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 GasBuddy.com.
By Kathy Sweedler/University of Illinois Extension
CHAMPAIGN — A local Christian charity is calling off its annual Thanksgiving dinner box giveaway because it can't afford to buy the food.
This will be the first Thanksgiving in 21 years that Restoration Urban Ministries, Champaign, hasn't been able to give boxes to hundreds of needy families, the organization said Thursday.
Officials at the Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District on Thursday will talk about using eminent domain to get land for a pipe that'll run to a plant near Tuscola. But, they're hoping it doesn't come to that.