In wake of national unrest over police relations, local group addresses current efforts, needs

CHAMPAIGN — Amid national unrest about officer-involved killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota and the shooting of police officers in Dallas, the Community Coalition focused on the state of local police-community relations and what can be improved on Wednesday afternoon.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Arts in the Park winners

The Danville Art League held Arts in the Park on June 25-26 at Lincoln Park. Winners were:

Oil/acrylic — Dorothy Fava, first; Kolleen Asaad, second and Amanda Dudich, third.

Watercolor — Carol Garver, first; Shelley Huffman, second and Linda Virostek, third.

Home sales up despite June dip

CHAMPAIGN — As interest rates continue to drop and more properties come onto the market, local Realtors predict the close of 2016 will be as good as, if not better than, the first half.

"I think we will continue to see strong sales through the end of the year," said Max McComb with RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign.

Area update: Forum on shelter set for Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — An emergency-shelter public forum will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Salvation Army, 2212 N. Market St., C.

$10.8 million 'town center' planned for UI Research Park

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CHAMPAIGN — A proposed expansion of the University of Illinois Research Park would bring apartments, restaurants and retail space in a single mixed-use building just south of the I Hotel on the park's west side.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 10, 2016

In part 3 of our continuing series, we asked some of the area's famous formers to tell us what they remember most about where they grew up here.

Building permits, July 10, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $45,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Jeffery Rehberger, alteration for Lacey's Place gaming cafe at 1101 N. Mattis Ave., Suite #2, $45,000.

It's Your Business: Grain bin guest house opens

Now you can spend the night in a genuine grain bin from the 1950s.

The Has Bin Guest House is holding its grand opening today at a working farm at 2 Chicago St. on the south edge of Alvin.

Local homeless count has risen

CHAMPAIGN — Homelessness may be rising in Champaign County, according to an annual survey released Friday.

Tom's #Mailbag, July 8, 2016

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