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Family checkbook: Your bank account will warm up to these tips

By Kathy Sweedler

Do you have windows that don't seal completely? Perhaps you have holes going from the outside to the inside of your house from old pipes or wiring? If so, money is slipping out of your house.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating our homes accounts for 42 percent of our utility bills.

Building permits, Oct. 12, 2014

Listed are recent 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, location and cost.

CHAMPAIGN

Barber & DeAtley, alteration to Burger King restaurant at 2005 W. Springfield Ave., $253,093.

Urbana City Council makes landlord fee increase permanent

URBANA — A year-old landlord fee increase will remain into perpetuity after city council members made the change permanent Monday night.

Bat found in rural Heyworth home tests positive for rabies

HEYWORTH — A rabid bat has been found inside a rural Heyworth home.

It is McLean County's first rabies-positive bat in 2014. Statewide this year, 33 bats have tested positive for rabies.

Sandra Mason: Fireworks in the fall

The bedazzling color of goldenrod is a sure sign of the close of summer. As the hours of sunlight decrease, the flowers of goldenrod give us a glimpse of one last burst of sunny yellow color.

Bob Swisher: Faith in Action schedules two events

A few weeks ago, I received two emails making me aware of the goings-on of a group called Faith in Action.

I assumed they were both about the same event, just from two different people. Wrong!

One was from Connie Brown of Monticello and Piatt County and the other from Chris Good of Danville and Vermilion County.

Run down properties near Champaign library coming down

More run-down buildings in Champaign are on their way out.

The city said the boarded-up rental properties south of the city's public library are slated to be torn down.  The addresses are 209, 211 and 213 West Green Street and 606 South State Street.

Neighbors still concerned about housing development

CHAMPAIGN — As construction begins, some residents near an affordable housing complex in southwest Champaign remain concerned about what it means for the future of their neighborhood.

Cities want to keep enterprise zone incentives

CHAMPAIGN — City officials in Champaign and Urbana are looking to preserve major tax-rebate programs that they say are crucial tools to attract new construction and job growth throughout the area.

It could mean more robust tax incentives for developers looking to build. And officials are looking at tweaking their programs to put more emphasis than before on single-family homes.

Building permits, Sept. 21, 2014

Listed are recent 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, location and cost.

CHAMPAIGN

Broeren Russo Construction, alteration for Hot Pot Lab restaurant at 112 E. Green St., $150,000.