Danville Housing Authority evicts 10-year director, plots new direction

DANVILLE — The 10-year director of the Danville Housing Authority was placed on administrative leave by the board on Tuesday, and a search has already been launched for a replacement to take the city’s public housing in a new direction.

Area update, Nov. 22, 2015

Housing authority board to discuss director's job

DANVILLE — The Danville Housing Authority board has called a special meeting for Tuesday to discuss the employment of the agency's executive director, Greg Hilleary.

It's a small world after all

URBANA — As soon as Kelsey Sharp stumbled on photographs and text on the Internet about tiny houses, she immediately fell in love with the idea of having one of her own.

But after doing more research, she figured tiny house ownership for her might be a five- to six-year project.

Building permits, Nov. 22, 2015

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Tom Loew Design, addition to single-family home at 2605 S. Nottingham Court, $110,000.

Special meeting called to discuss employment of Danville Housing Authority head

DANVILLE — The Danville Housing Authority board has called a special meeting for Tuesday to discuss the employment of the agency’s executive director, Greg Hilleary. 

Ameren says natural-gas savings should help heating bills

Ameren Illinois customers in central Illinois should save money on heating this winter because of lower natural-gas costs, the utility announced Thursday.

Financial woes could spell end for Salvation Army men's shelter

CHAMPAIGN — The Salvation Army of Champaign County may be on the brink of closing its Stepping Stone Men’s Shelter due to depleted funding, according to the organization’s major, Tom McDowell.

Home construction slumps in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apartment construction plunged sharply in October, as the pace of homebuilding slipped amid a broader cooling of the real estate market.

Housing starts — both houses and apartments— fell last month 11 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.06 million homes, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Danville, county consider forming land bank to handle subpar property

DANVILLE — In this year's tax sale, the city of Danville bought 25 parcels with property taxes that hadn't been paid in three years.

Most had structures beyond saving. So rather than reaping revenue from them, the city is shelling out money to demolish the eyesores that, in some cases, are neighborhood nuisances, attracting animals and criminal activity.

Two years after tornado, Gifford blossoming anew

GIFFORD — Only two years removed from a tornado that destroyed or caused major damage to 70 homes, this northeastern Champaign County village has moved on.

There will be no events this week marking the anniversary of the Nov. 17, 2013, storm that sliced a diagonal line through the center of the village of 900. Remarkably, no one died or was seriously injured.