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.

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.

Cost of Thanksgiving is going up, but not by much

J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor

Christina Gann, Volunteer Operations Manager for Gifford Recovery

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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

Restoration Urban Ministries cancels food giveaway for lack of funds

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.

U-C Sanitary District talking eminent domain on Cronus project

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.