Migrant workers often forced to deal with deficiencies

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Urbana neighborhood: Preservation vs. development

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URBANA — The city of Urbana has a conundrum: the historic neighborhood east of campus is too beautiful to mess with, yet too valuable to not develop.

Courage Connection budget takes 'huge hit'

CHAMPAIGN — Officials of Courage Connection, an agency serving the homeless and victims of domestic violence, are still determining how to absorb a significant loss of federal money used to support transitional housing services in Champaign-Urbana.

Retouched Curtis Road plan OK'd

CHAMPAIGN — A set of lowered development restrictions for the land surrounding the Curtis Road Interchange will go before the Champaign City Council next week after being approved by the city's plan commission on Wednesday.

Building permits, May 29, 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.


TAG Residential LLC, new single-family residence at 2904 Stanley Lane, $115,474.

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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.

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.