"When the opportunity came up to open my own store, I jumped on it. It has been a wonderful experience getting to celebrate all the milestones in my customers’ lives and every day is a new adventure."

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Once home to more than 40 retailers, Tuscola Outlet Shops is down to 13 stores, according to its directory. But a city official said shoppers continue to arrive.

Village Administrator Scott Eisenhauer said the meeting will begin the introductory phase to gain the community’s perspective on what residents would like to see, “ideas they might have, any suggestions they would like to see incorporated into the plan.”

"One of my favorite things to do is take our young grandchildren to the Dollar Store. I set a spending limit that varies from $2 to $5 for their shopping trip. They work so hard to spend their limited funds wisely. Their discussions regarding the wisdom of their potential purchases are priceless."

Favorite part of the job? 'Every time that a homeowner moves into a Habitat house. It is such a joyous and transformative experience that they are all my favorite. I can't wait to have the celebrations fully in-person again.'

Justin Taylor says the larger version of his former restaurant and bar, JT Walker’s Restaurant and Brewery, in downtown Mahomet, will remain closed for good. But the name lives on at his brewery and taproom across the street, where he’s working on plans to open a smaller version of the resta…

Epivara, a start-up venture at the University of Illinois Research Park, has been awarded a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant to continue research and development for its first product.