TUSCOLA — A must-have pipeline, which would transport treated wastewater from Champaign to Cronus Chemicals' $1.5 billion fertilizer plant outside Tuscola, still needs commitments from the owners of nine properties along the route.
And if signed papers don't arrive soon, the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District will resort to using its powers of eminent domain, officials say.
URBANA — With a new president in place and budget discussions intensifying in Springfield, the University of Illinois hopes to have a budget-cutting blueprint ready by the end of May.
President Timothy Killeen, who officially took office on Monday, said a small working group is plotting different scenarios, depending on what cuts the final state budget might demand.
MAHOMET — Would you sip your morning coffee in the glass-enclosed conservatory, or by the fireplace in the two-story great room, or perhaps outside on the flagstone porch overlooking the lush grounds?
Or, maybe sometimes you wouldn't even be waking up in your ginormous English Arts and Crafts-style mansion at all.
CHAMPAIGN — Video gaming cafes are multiplying in Champaign, Urbana and Savoy with nine already open and at least eight more on the way.
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County home sales for the first four months of 2015 were running ahead of the same time a year ago, according to statistics from the Champaign County Association of Realtors.
April sales were up only slightly from a year earlier in terms of dollar sales — and were down slightly in terms of number of units sold.
SPRINGFIELD — Democratic members of the Senate Executive Committee approved a resolution Wednesday calling on the State Universities Retirement System and the Teachers Retirement System to conduct a study of Gov. Bruce Rauner's pension reform plan before the Legislature acts on it.
SPRINGFIELD — A pro-tax group Tuesday unveiled what it said was "a range of revenue options" to fill an estimated $6 billion budget hole and avoid state budget cuts, but there was a noticeable lack of lawmakers at the announcement.
CHAMPAIGN — The month-long process of adopting a budget for the city of Champaign will start Tuesday night when city staff presents a proposal to the city council at a study session.
SPRINGFIELD — State officials had expected a big drop in tax revenue following the reduction in Illinois income tax rates on Jan. 1, but through April the net loss has been only $68 million, a legislative commission reported Monday.
Librarians understand that late fees happen.
In fact, the Urbana Free Library's executive director, Celeste Choate, currently owes $5.20 herself. Champaign Public Library Director Marsha Grove said, like everyone else, she sometimes accumulates overdue fines, too.
"I just don't get (my books) here in time," Grove said.