Amazon moving in with Illini Union Bookstore

While an Amazon drone dropping off packages on the doorstep may be a few years off, the company's local customers will have a new way to receive their purchases. The Illini Union Bookstore on the University of Illinois campus has partnered with Amazon to create the first pickup location for Amazon products in Illinois.

Go figure, July 13, 2016

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Where Money magazine ranks the University of Illinois among "The 50 Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into" (overall rank is No. 22).

$10.8 million 'town center' planned for UI Research Park

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CHAMPAIGN — A proposed expansion of the University of Illinois Research Park would bring apartments, restaurants and retail space in a single mixed-use building just south of the I Hotel on the park's west side.

Top of the morning, July 11, 2016

A significant anniversary passed virtually unnoticed late last month.

There it was, a short Associated Press story, at the bottom right corner of page 1, about something that would become official the next day, June 27, 2003:

"People fed up with unwanted telemarketing can sign up ... for a national do-not-call list that will block many sales calls."

Campus cools down in the summer

CHAMPAIGN — During the school year, Legends Sports Bar and Grill can be a hard place to find a seat on Friday nights.

But on a warm evening in June, only five were taken.

Legends is just one of the businesses near the University of Illinois campus that faces dwindling crowds with the exodus of 31,600 students who don't take summer courses.

Rich Warren: Watch out, your TV may be watching you back

Your TV is watching you. Samsung now serves advertising along with the menus on the screen, even on its most expensive models. Samsung is not the first to include some advertising, but it is the largest. Samsung claims the ads would be targeted to the interests of individual viewers, meaning it probably snoops on the programming you watch.

Rifles similar to one used in Orlando massacre on sale at area stores

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The same type of assault-style rifle authorities say is responsible for the worst mass shooting in U.S. history — and others before it — was selling for $579.99 Sunday at a Champaign retailer.

'I like the way they help people'

URBANA — It wasn't just driving on the other side of the road that Scotland native Paul Montador had to adjust to when he first began making his home in the U.S.

It was all the friendliness.

Back in the UK, he'd go into stores and encounter grumpiness, he recalled, and when he went into stores in Champaign-Urbana he found friendly faces and people telling him to have a nice day.

Pedal buses' appearance on downtown streets driving demand

CHAMPAIGN — One week after giving the first drink-while-you-ride cruises around Champaign, Slow Ride Pedal Tours owner Steve Bloomstrand was already booking into October.

It's Your Business: Lincoln Square shop doubles space

A store that sells clothing and other items for babies has moved into the south wing of Lincoln Square in Urbana.

Unique Baby Gifts opened at its new location at Suite 124A on May 18, according to store owner Nancy Medrow.