Entertainment listings, March 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What: Urbana is holding an international-themed First Friday for March. Balinese gamelan music and dance by the Bali Lantari ensemble at the library. Special night of music at IMC featuring Congolese musician Jean RenéBalekita opening, followed by CU's new salsa band Timbalú.

When: March 2.

Bank to sue Vermilion housing authority over default on $1.6M loan

ROSSVILLE — Officials with Longview Bank and Trust informed Vermilion County Housing Authority board members on Tuesday that they plan to file a lawsuit against the local agency for defaulting on a $1.6 million loan.

Former Illini star: 'I believe in downtown Champaign'

CHAMPAIGN — Downtown Champaign doesn't look quite the same as it did when Doug Altenberger left Illinois basketball in the 1980s.

Now the property developer and Illini radio analyst wants to leave his mark on the decades of downtown Champaign redevelopment that occurred after his campus exit. He's agreed to be the new developer of a millennial-focused boutique hotel at 401 N. Neil St.

Building permits, Feb. 25, 2018

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing over $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Cramer Homes, new single-family residence at 1601 Sandberry Court, $232,000.

Significant Structures | Illinois Traction Building went from utility to luxury

CHAMPAIGN — Back when an interurban rail system connected Central Illinois, barn doors at the train company's headquarters swung open and the trains' valuables were carried into vaults on each of three floors and the basement.

Some of the vaults in The Illinois Traction Building are now bathrooms. So we're talking about some serious privacy.

Downtown Champaign boutique hotel still a go, but developer changing

CHAMPAIGN — After some delay, the city is moving forward with its boutique-hotel project — this time with a different developer.

Construction of the millennial-focused Hotel Vib (pronounced "vibe") by Best Western was approved by the Champaign City Council last September. It will occupy what is now a vacant parking lot downtown at 401 N. Neil St.

Housing authority board asks newest member not to vote

CHAMPAIGN — In a new twist Thursday, the Housing Authority of Champaign County's board requested that its newest member participate in meetings but not in votes.

That request was approved by Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin, who appointed Danielle Chynoweth to the board, before Chynoweth attended her first housing authority meeting as a board member Thursday.

United Way moving to Savoy after selling office to Green Street Realty

SAVOY — The United Way of Champaign County is moving its offices from Champaign to Savoy and has secured a big donation from the owner of the business that is buying its current offices.

Champaign county home sales up 9.2 percent in January

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County home sales increased 9.2 percent in January compared with a year ago, far outpacing the state's rate, which declined 6.1 percent.

In January, 154 residential homes were sold, up from 141 a year ago, according to the Champaign County Association of Realtors.

Rejected township supervisor to take seat on housing authority board

URBANA — She's on the list.

The agenda for today's meeting of the Housing Authority of Champaign County board lists Danielle Chynoweth as a board member — almost one month after the other members publicly stated that she was unfit to serve.