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.

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Heading up Central Illinois Business Magazine’s 12th class: Woman of the Year Giselle Rodriguez, a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, and Salvo Rodriquez, director of new business and partnership for United Way of Champaign County.

Lots of groundbreaking in this week’s Mailbag on everything from mastodon remains found during a construction project 50 years ago to road work to a university construction project to updated natural gas lines in Champaign to a new business.

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s unemployment-claim system is back online Thursday after a more than two-day outage rendered the system unable to distribute unemployment checks or accept claims and certifications online.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Lynn Osborne has been remodeling two homes. They are different styles, in different states, with different contractors. But there has been one constant: delays due to a shortage of skilled labor.