URBANA — Visitors to downtown Urbana this summer won't be cooped up inside if they don't want to be — city officials will be testing the water with a unique kind of outdoor seating that turns narrow sidewalks into outdoor cafes.
They're called "Curbanas."
WHITE HEATH — A firearms training facility near White Heath is one round of yes votes away from becoming a reality.
If approved by the Piatt County Board on Wednesday, a special-use permit would allow master firearms instructor Joel Ripper to provide concealed carry handgun training at his home, located about 1 1/2 miles north of White Heath.
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois officials have put a hold on plans to require permits for most all-terrain vehicles.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports (http://bit.ly/1cESqEA) the Illinois Department of Natural Resources won't require off-highway vehicle owners to buy the permits until further notice.
If you've canoed or fished the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, you probably already understand why people who love it worked so hard for its inclusion in the "National Wild and Scenic Rivers" system. (And to date, it's still the only Illinois waterway with that designation.)
RANTOUL — Kipp Bates has been through golf course renovations before, and he predicts the changes in the works at Rantoul's Willow Pond are going to be "magnificent."
Extensive renovations of the clubhouse, a new Golf Tech business and upgrades to the course itself are in the plans for the business that Kevin Applebee and his wife, Rhonda, bought from Ken Roessler last year.
RURAL OAKWOOD — Middle Fork River advocates are urging Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to "do the right thing" and direct Dynegy to relocate three coal ash ponds at the old Vermilion Power Station north of Oakwood.
Brian Moline talks with the Marketing Coordinator for the Champaign Park District about the new Leonhard Recreation Center opening next month, and some fun events coming up in March.
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SHELBYVILLE — Shut down since 2009, the 138-room Eagle Creek Resort at Lake Shelbyville will remain closed this summer, and the state of Illinois and resort leaseholders are at a new impasse over how to proceed with the multimillion-dollar rehabilitation.
SPRINGFIELD — Champaign County officials have received the first major grant for construction of their segment of the 24.5-mile Kickapoo Trail linking Urbana and Kickapoo State Park.