This week’s stop in our series on local businesses with stories to tell: Urbana’s Mack’s Twin City Recycling, one of the area’s oldest family-owned and -operated outfits.

Documents released by the district this week revealed that the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district reduced the scope of excavation work this summer to 0.99 acres — just under the 1-acre threshold at which a permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is required.

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The seven-story Marriott Aloft is slated to open by the end of 2020 on the corner of Hill and Neil streets with 132 rooms, a bar on the first floor, and 'a robot that will come and deliver your food and beverage for room service.'

The downtown sections of Urbana and Champaign get some Mailbag love this week, particularly two hotels — one almost 100 years old and another about to begin construction.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell gets the details on the Protecting Places of Worship Forum, a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service, Sinai Temple, the cities of Champaign and Urbana and the University of Illinois, set for 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Sinai.

In 2017, the Illinois Student Government organized protests against a Chief portrayer who walked in the parade with the Honor the Chief Society. Honor the Chief has an entry in this year's event, thought it's unclear if a portrayer will make an appearance.

In conjunction with University of Illinois homecoming weekend, Hua Nian of Urbana, whose son is a member of the Marching Illini is showing her artwork about the band this week at the Harding Band Building.

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A Vermilion County jury deliberated for about two hours Thursday before finding Shelley A. Murphy, 50, guilty of first-degree murder in the July 25, 2018, death of Daye Lynn Murphy, 61, of rural Danville.