Hillary Isaksen opened Company 421 in Mahomet late last year to provide a venue for smaller-size weddings and events, and now she’s about to launch a new option for date nights called “Underground Dinners.”

A stroll down Memory Lane: Rediscovering the Chuck Wagon Diner, taking the interurban to Bloomington, the legendary horseshoe sandwich, the old C.S. Johnson factory, when the county fairgrounds were near Campustown. 

“My parents came to America from South Korea with literally nothing. They had no money, didn’t speak English and had no college degree, plus were in a foreign land. But they worked extremely hard to create a new life, where they started their own business and gave everything and sacrificed much so my sister and I could have a good life.”

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Beaver in Champaign! Plus electrical switchgear in an unusual location, noise levels in the State Farm Center, (fake) palm trees in CRCE, flashing yellow turn lights in Urbana, a 110-year-old stained glass piece in a Champaign bank, and another warm, wet year.

The cover story for the current issue of our Central Illinois Business magazine shines a spotlight on the Executive Club of Champaign County, which this year turns 40.

Mentor Vicki Haugen "served our community with passion and flawless ethics. Even with a demanding career, she was present for me as a teenager, made us dinner every night, packed my lunch, helped me with homework and extracurricular activities like show choir and dance. I miss her terribly."

Passenger train stations around C-U, former businesses in the west Urbana neighborhood, a renamed car repair shop in Champaign, options for disposing of yard waste, free air for tires, the road between St. Joseph and Sidney and where to dine outdoors this (snow-challenged) winter.