Ford County Planning Commission engulfed by winds of indecison

PAXTON — The disagreement over how close wind turbines should be allowed to homes in rural areas of Ford County was apparent by the attire worn by some people in the audience of the Ford County Planning Commission meeting.

"Wind works for Ford County," read the blue shirts worn by some in the packed second-floor courtroom at the Ford County Courthouse.

Ikea looking to turn Connecticut office building into hotel

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A brutalist-style structure that was designed by famed architect Marcel Breuer and has sat vacant along Interstate 95 for over a decade may soon see new life as a hotel.

Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea, which owns the property, is seeking approval from New Haven's City Plan Commission to repurpose the building as a 165-room hotel.

17-floor 'Hub on Campus' aims to open at Sixth and Green in August 2020

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CHAMPAIGN — The latest high-rise coming to Campustown could include a fitness center with a steam room, a study lounge, a business center, barbecue stations and a rooftop pool.

Focus of Champaign council's talks on 'The Yards': Who'll pay for what?

CHAMPAIGN — An expansion of the Illinois Terminal. A potential Division I hockey team. Another downtown hotel. Conferences. Residential properties. Induced development.

All were talking points at the first of three study sessions Tuesday night regarding a proposed hockey arena, hotel and residential building called The Yards in the southern area of downtown Champaign.

Burnham Mansion stands no more: 'It is surreal in the most awful way'

CHAMPAIGN — On the final morning, there were no protests.

No one came with signs, no one chanted in dissent, no one held any demonstrations.

Instead, the handful of onlookers who gathered Tuesday to witness the final day of the Burnham Mansion stood quietly, some silently shaking their heads, others preoccupied with taking video on their phones.

Urbana council keeps proposal for housing development in committee

URBANA — The city council voted Monday night to keep a rezoning and annexation proposal for a housing development in the northern part of the city in committee for two weeks.

The development, Union Gardens by Lafayette-based Trinitas Ventures, will include 406 units of duplexes and townhouses aimed primarily at students and young professionals.

Burnham Mansion coming down today

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CHAMPAIGN — Goodbye, Burnham Mansion.

Downtown Champaign mega project covers whole nine 'Yards'

CHAMPAIGN — The name of the mega development proposed for downtown Champaign's south side: The Yards.

The price tag: a cool $200 million.

The status: At least some of the details will be shared at a joint meeting tonight of the city council and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board.

Second try at auction of Urbana's Landmark Hotel starts today

Hear from Mayor Diane Marlin Tuesday at 4:20 on WDWS.

URBANA — With an auction set to begin today for the Landmark Hotel, officials are hoping the sequel's a bigger hit than the original.

Quincy Housing Authority gets $1 million for lead cleanup

QUINCY (AP) — A western Illinois housing authority is receiving $1 million to remove lead-based paint from the city's public housing.

The U.S. Department of Housing Development says the Quincy Housing Authority is among 20 agencies nationwide that have been awarded a combined $18 million.