UPDATE: Unit 4, teachers union negotiations break down

UPDATE: Champaign Federation of Teachers union Second Vice President Michelle Anderson told The News-Gazette that negotiations with the Unit 4 School District broke down at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

She said the two sides stopped negotiating for the night.

Anderson said that union members will hold a strike authorization vote at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

2 area Shopkos set for auction, but not closure, broker says

TUSCOLA — The two area Shopko stores are up for auction, though they're not expected to close.

The retail stores in Tuscola and Monticello are listed on the commercial real-estate auction website ten-x.com, each with a starting bid of $350,000.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 4-11, 2018

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N-G Exclusive | Cronus officials say fertilizer plant still a go

TUSCOLA — The long-delayed construction of the Cronus Fertilizers plant in rural Tuscola is now on track to begin in the first half of next year, a Cronus spokesman told News-Gazette Media.

The project now also has an updated, and a bit longer, construction timeline of 45 months. Depending on when next year the work starts, that would push completion to 2022 or 2023.

Unemployment steady or down across area in August over 2017

CHAMPAIGN — The unemployment rate remained steady or dropped across the area in August compared with a year ago, according to the latest report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

In the Champaign-Urbana metro area, the August unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, where it was a year ago.

And in the Danville metro area, it dropped from 6.8 percent to 5.9 percent.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2018


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UI pushing tax-incentive program to attract businesses to college towns

CHAMPAIGN — A tax-incentive program to attract more businesses to campus communities in Illinois, and spur jobs for students, is being pushed by the University of Illinois.

The "Grow Illinois" bill, as it's called for now, will be part of the legislative package from the University of Illinois this fall for consideration next spring, officials said Wednesday.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 20-27, 2018


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What: A day full of family fun. Pony rides, petting zoo, facepainting, balloon animals, pumpkin decorating, food trucks, free kids games and straw maze, local food trucks and more.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22.

Where: Prairie Gardens, 3000 W. Springfield Ave., C.

Cost: One Pudgy ticket, $1.

Former Bresee Tower's new owners discuss plans for hotel-casino complex

DANVILLE — With casino expansion legislation brewing in Springfield, the owners of the newly named Collins Tower are now considering working a casino into their plans to redevelop Danville's tallest building into a hotel.

Family Checkbook | Financial coaching a new trend

"Where can I receive help with my money management?" is a question that I hear regularly.

Many financial professionals, with different credentials and approaches, assist people with investing decisions but historically not many help with personal financial goals related to managing daily spending, saving for personal goals and managing debt.