Subdivisions in northwest and southwest Champaign, southeast Urbana, and southeast of Savoy are seeing large increases in permits to fill in empty lots.
Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing over $25,000.
After the deadlocked committee cast a pair of 3-3 votes Thursday night, the future of recreational-marijuana-related businesses in unincorporated areas is now in the hands of the full county board.
It recommended by a 3-2 vote that the city council should issue the permit to Phoenix Farms of Illinois for the former Border Cafe at 369 Lynch Road. The council is expected to vote on it Nov. 19.
That's just for the mansion and 15 acres, rather than the 200-acre lot, but still, 'We think the price it's at is pretty much a steal,' said Shawn Tabeling, managing partner at Tabeling Development Co.
Despite keeping the rate the same, staff predict the city will see a $723,831 increase over last year's levy, representing a 9.7 percent increase over the actual 2018 equalized assessed value of all homes.
'Never in my wildest dreams did I think something like this would pop up,' said Executive Director Rob Gifford, who added that until the announcement, plans to expand the club that is 'busting at the seams with older kids' — by building up or out — seemed far-fetched.
Phoenix Farms Illinois LLC has requested a special-use permit from the city to operate a dispensary at 369 Lynch Drive, a vacant building that once housed a Big Boy restaurant and the Border Cafe.
'It would be nice if it was one of our regulars,' said Christie Norton, assistant customer service manager at the County Market at 1628 Georgetown Road, which gets a $10,000 bonus for selling the $1 million ticket.
On Thursday, the board's executive and legislation committee recommended a tax at the maximum rate allowed by state statute — 3.75 percent in unincorporated areas of the county and 3 percent in incorporated areas.
'We are absolutely thrilled,' Haven Gaming attorney Scott Sypolt said shortly after submitting the enormous amount of information required by the Illinois Gaming Board at 4:07 p.m. Monday.
CHAMPAIGN — For the sixth year in a row, Champaign will have lower interest rates for bonds than other downstate communities.
Gym memberships will be transferred to Fitness Premier, 2414 Galen Drive, C, and the gym's approximately eight employees will be able to re-apply for jobs there.
For both its success and contributions to the community, Synergy HomeCare will be honored at the local chamber’s annual meeting today at the Hilton Garden Inn.
The study by Volaire Aviation Consulting, the first since 2016, found that that service could draw about 12,000 more visitors annually, lead to 89 new jobs and add $8.3 million to the local economy.
State law says municipalities have the option of allowing social consumption in private spaces like dispensaries, but council members like Tom Bruno said they first want to see what impact legalized recreational use has on the city.
Last week, a group of community stakeholders met at Memorial Stadium's Colonnades Club to build support for a bid that's due by Jan. 10.
In focus are social consumption in private spaces as well as conforming city ordinances to the new state law that takes effect Jan. 1.
It's been slower than usual at the Premier Cooperative grain elevator in Rising, just west of Champaign. Farmers were late to start planting, so harvest is coming in late. But the elevator has slowed down in another way; with fewer small family farms, it's no longer the place to hang out.
The license means that the facility at 1704 S. Neil St. will become 'a dual-purpose dispensary — both medical and adult-use,' said Jason Erkes, spokesman for Cresco Labs, which owns the business.
Aldermen also unanimously approved an agreement with Haven Gaming LLC to build a proposed casino resort, as well as the necessary zoning regulations for the 42-acre site along Interstate 74, east of Danville, on the Indiana border.
The resolution that aldermen will consider at tonight's meeting cites the rehabilitation or redevelopment of a blighted area as the city's reason to exercise its power, per state law. One of the holdouts said the highest offer she's received so far for her three-bedroom house is $45,000, which 'can't replace what I have here.'
If the council approves the agreement with Haven Gaming LLC and a new zoning ordinance for the 42-acre site next to Interstate 74 on the city's southeastern edge, the next step will be for Haven to get its casino-license application to the Illinois Gaming Board by the Oct. 28 deadline.
'If you can make it go in Jacksonville, Ill., then you must be doing something right,' Tom Lenz said of his private sports complex. Mayor Andy Ezard said while it's not a huge employer, the indirect benefits to the town have been tremendous.
SPRINGFIELD — A task force that Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker formed in February is recommending the state consolidate 649 suburban and downstate police and firefighter pension funds into just two.
When it became apparent that the environment and land use committee's vote was headed for a 3-3 tie, it decided to delay it until November, presumably after county board Chairman Giraldo Rosales names a replacement for Tanisha King-Taylor, who resigned.
Giselle Rodriguez of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, News-Gazette Media's 2019 Forty Under 40 Woman of the Year, said the award 'is the ultimate confirmation that I'm not a stranger to this place anymore.'