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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.

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.

John Roska: How landlord can change rules on rental

Q: My landlord says the complex I live in will become "no smoking" on Jan. 1, so that I'll no longer be able to smoke inside my apartment. I've lived here for years. Can they do that?

Building permits, Nov. 15, 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.

Champaign

C-U Under Construction, basement finish at single-family residence at 1708 Mullikin Drive, $63,500.

Tom's Mailbag, Nov. 13, 2015

Got a question for Tom? Ask it here

Things have slowed a bit at Mailbag headquarters, but I'm not complaining.

High-rise idea may jump-start other Champaign projects

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CHAMPAIGN — A $95 million mixed-use development downtown isn't the only ambitious project city leaders have in mind.

Proposal's potential convinces council

CHAMPAIGN — The picture of a proposed $95 million development in downtown Champaign started to become clearer at Tuesday's city council meeting.

Building permits, Nov. 8, 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.

Champaign

J2M2 LLC, alteration to single-family home at 105 W. Vine St., $71,834.