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. 

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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.

Ice House, a new hockey arena, snowfall records, UI President's House, State Farm Center noise, H Mart, a new pizza place for north Champaign, interstate highway construction, an old dairy farm in Urbana and Champaign County inmates in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Updates on Blue Waters supercomputer, Sweet Basil Cafe, Pipa's Pub and a former Hardee's in Champaign — plus much, much more.

It's a big, fat Santa Claus-like mailbag (campus construction, I-57/I-74 interchange, speed limits on Windsor Road, future of the Orpheum Children's Museum, Champaign school vaccinations, late snow, streetlights in Champaign and a BTN rebroadcast of the epic Illinois-Northwestern football game).

URBANA — The Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant, which has been on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana for more than a half-century, has announced that it won’t be reopening after winter break, as hoped, due to pandemic-related losses.

Questions about Dallas and Co., towing in downtown Champaign, Raising Cane's, Pekara, the decrepit Diamond School building, the old Robson farm, Urbana church construction, Railside Golf Course, development in Rantoul, school enrollment and a blast from C-U's past: Michael "Fuzzy" deLisle.

Rage Room has nine different rooms where customers wearing protective gear can grab a baseball or a hammer and smash up items such as cast-off electronics or glass to help relieve their stress.

Questions about what's being done about violence in Champaign-Urbana, a perpetual motion machine in Iroquois County, a tribute to police at West Side Park, Popeye's in Champaign, slow mail in Danville, a great entertainer from Urbana named Virginia Sale and products from the University of Illinois farms.