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Bob Swisher: Great shopping opportunities in October

In this community, we are blessed with opportunities to have original pieces of art to hang on our walls. Frank Gallo, Billy Jackson and Larry Kanfer adorn lots of walls in central Illinois.

Building permits, Oct. 2, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $35,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.

Champaign

Andrew Fell Architecture & Design, shell building at 902 Meijer Drive, $500,000.

Mahomet

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Oct. 2, 2016

Picking up where we left off last Sunday: We asked 10 experts on a variety of topics what one question they'd like to ask Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at one of the two remaining presidential debates, set for Oct. 9 and 19.

Bob Swisher: Old barn getting straightened out

The owners of a barn in Tuscola are still searching records to establish when it was built. So far, everything indicates it was in the late 1860s.

Building permits, Sept. 25, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $35,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.

Champaign

Herschmann Architects, retail alteration for Ross Dress for Less at 2113 N. Prospect Ave., $1,511,501.

After 10 years of renovations, Phi Kappa Psi house a sight to see

CHAMPAIGN — How up to date is the new Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house on the University of Illinois campus? Well, according to chapter adviser Todd Salen, the renovated digs should provide a firm foundation for the next 100 years.

Bob Swisher: Check out Jack Spinks' treasures

Labor Day 2016: It was a day of labor, the unofficial end of summer and the unofficial start of fall. I cleaned old cast-iron hardware, and my wife worked in Savoy, getting ready for an upcoming sale. We ended the day with an early and well-deserved dinner at the Ribeye in Champaign.

Champaign plan commission endorses Midtown Plaza

CHAMPAIGN — The $23 million Midtown Plaza development inched closer to construction Wednesday after the city's plan commission unanimously forwarded it for a vote at the Oct. 4 city council meeting.

Champaign Township assessor won't seek re-election

CHAMPAIGN — Longtime city of Champaign Township Assessor Brian Christie said he will not run for re-election next year.

But Phil Trautman, a real-estate agent and appraiser, said he plans to run for the Republican nomination next spring. Champaign City Council member Paul Faraci already has said he'll run for the Democratic nomination.

Champaign council unanimously OKs rezoning near Country Fair

CHAMPAIGN — In disagreement with a recommendation from the plan commission, the Champaign City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to rezone four properties near the intersection of Springfield and Mattis avenues, changing the designation of the properties at 1709 Union St. and 1706, 1708 and 1714 W. Springfield Ave. from residential to commercial.