SIU Carbondale to reopen Neely Hall

CARBONDALE (AP) — A Southern Illinois University official says one of the Carbondale campus's iconic 17-story towers will reopen to students next fall.

Planning panel approves North Lawndale development

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's planning commission has approved a $200 million development in North Lawndale.The Chicago Sun-Times reports that officials hope the project will help transform the west-side neighborhood.

Building permits, Nov. 18, 2018

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing over $25,000.


Chipman Design Architecture Inc., new Chick-fil-A restaurant with drive-thru at 2301 N. Prospect Ave., $850,000.

Just Askin' | Raking leaves

Each week, biz writer Ben Zigterman takes your questions. Email them to bzigterman@news-gazette.com

Q: Why do we rake leaves?

A: Mostly to keep up appearances.

"I think the main reason is because it looks good for the lawn," said Steven Tufte, the owner of Ambassador Lawn Care in Champaign.

Housing Authority of Champaign County moving to north Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The Housing Authority of Champaign County is preparing to move to its new headquarters at 2008 N. Market St., C, in January.

The agency is in the process of selling its current building downtown at 205 W. Park Ave. to a developer, said CEO David Northern.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 15-22, 2018


This weekend


What: Fundraiser for the Kickapoo Rail Trail. Ticket includes one drink ticket, an appetizer bar, silent auction, live music from Dustin Danger. All proceeds from the event will be for the future development of the Kickapoo Rail Trail.

When: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

Home Depot profiting as homeowners are spending

NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot breezed past all expectations in the third quarter and raised its annual profit expectations again as Americans plow money into their homes, even amid hints that the housing market is cooling.

Comparable-store sales, a key indicator of a retailer's health, rose 4.8 percent, but it jumped 5.4 percent in the U.S., its dominant market.

Fields of plenty: Carle's development has southwest Champaign thriving

CHAMPAIGN — Since employees moved into the Carle at the Fields development in April, the parking lots are full, a new hotel has opened and a day care nearby is filling up.

Across the street from the 300,000-square-foot Health Alliance building, the Hampton Inn opened Sept. 28 and has already experienced a couple sold-out nights.

Building permits, Nov. 11, 2018

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing over $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Sub 4 Development Co. LLC, new four-story retail/multifamily residence building at 3302 Mission Drive, $5,550,261.

Latest deal for Urbana's Landmark Hotel falls through

URBANA — The back-up bidder for the Landmark Hotel has backed out.

After selling for $1.3 million in an auction this September, the top bidder failed to put a deposit down.

So it went to the second-place bidder of $1.2 million, who the property's broker, Rick George, said had experience in historic preservation.