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Family Checkbook: What's the payback for home energy improvements?

By Kathy Sweedler

After months of cold winter days and paying to heat my home, I'm ready in the spring for new ways to make my home more energy efficient. This time of the year is also when many homeowners like myself scramble to put home-improvement plans into action, especially those plans that require hiring expertise to do the work.

Champaign council takes on design changes for in-fill areas

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time, new buildings that go up in downtown, Campustown and Midtown could be subject to design requirements as a part of a zoning regulation change that will go before the Champaign City Council tonight.

'We do have a lot going on'

CHAMPAIGN — A new retail center here, more new apartments there.

A sports bar and a fast food Mexican restaurant on the way.

Building permits, May 22, 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.

Champaign

TAG Residential LLC, new single-family residence at 413 Bardeen Lane, $156,000.

Five duplexes going up in Gifford

GIFFORD — The sound of hammers and saws was a common thing in Gifford for the past several years. But that work primarily was to replace homes and other buildings ravaged by the November 2013 tornado.

That sound has returned.

New construction is ongoing in north Gifford — in the Eagle Prairie subdivision.

UI has commode accommodations already in place

URBANA — Some new signs have popped up outside selected restrooms at the University of Illinois.

They have the familiar wheelchair icon for accessibility, and an image of a toilet (just to make things clear).

But they don't say "men" or "women." These bathrooms are labeled "all gender."

Kind of like your bathrooms at home, as one employee points out.

Fine against landlord may be Urbana's largest ever

URBANA — In what Mayor Laurel Prussing called the biggest fine Urbana has ever imposed, landlord Paul Zerrouki and his company Platinum Group Properties must pay the city $473,700 for structural violations in three buildings, a Champaign County Judge ordered this week.

Tom's #Mailbag, May 20, 2016

Got a question for Tom? Ask it here

There's something for everyone in this week's mailbag, particularly if you drive Leverett Road. After 2 1/2 years in business, the mailbag answers its first two Leverett Road questions in one week.

What's next

After a year of unprecedented turnover on campus — including a new chancellor, provost, football coach and athletic director — University of Illinois students can look forward to more new faces and places when they return to school next August.

Meet the next chancellor

Building permits, May 15, 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.

Champaign

Leo Nieto, office alteration at 804 N. Neil St., #105, $51,000.