How many Eisner grocery stores were in C-U? Why doesn't Savoy have its own school district? Why do some Illini sports teams have chaplains while others don’t? So many questions — and so many answers.

The expansion would more than double the company’s land ownership at the Gibson City site. One Earth Energy’s existing plant occupies 85 acres with about 100,000 square feet under roof. It began production in 2009.

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Light pollution in Mahomet ... peanuts and the Esquire Lounge in Champaign … improving accessibility at Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana … which area rail crossings are due for an upgrade … future of Taylor Street ... cleanup at the old News-Gazette ... and much, much more.

It is time to remind ourselves that in 2023, we have effective tools we didn’t have three years ago today, when the first Illinoisan tested positive for COVID-19. And we have something even more powerful: knowledge and experience, IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra writes.

A still-closed bridge over I-74 ... big changes coming to a big-box store in Urbana … safety concerns along far-west Springfield Avenue in Champaign … world-class sporting goods made right here in Champaign … and much more.

The latest on a long-anticipated bridge upgrade, Champaign Unit 4’s use of pandemic-related grant funding, and both good and disappointing news about flights at Willard Airport. Also, if you’ve gone to a movie lately and felt a little creeped-out in the parking lot, we’ll illuminate you on plans to fix that.

How have the courts ruled on the constitutionality of similar bans? What's the next gun-reform step Illinois should take? Will Illinois' neighbors ever take similar steps? Answering those questions and others: a panel that includes Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts, Champaign County Sheriff Dustin Heuerman, Brady: United Against Gun Violence president Kris Brown, former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and many others.

In letters similar to the one sent to residents by Iroquois County Sheriff Clint Perzee, both wrote: “Neither myself nor my office will be checking to ensure that lawful gun owners register their weapons with the State, nor will we be arresting or housing law-abiding individuals that have been charged solely with non-compliance of this Act.”

Hoopeston Area's trip to the Liberty Bowl headlines this week's High School Confidential, powered by Danville Area Community College and made possible by aspiring student journalists from every corner of our circulation area.

Somewhere in Michigan, there’s a plow named Flake Michigan and another called The Big LePlowski. Ohio has some plows with Star Wars-themed names: Snowbi Wan-Kenobi and Darth Blader. You’ll find Betty Whiteout and Edward Blizzardhands in Minnesota. Schoolchildren in Vermont came up with Scoopy Doo and Snowbody’s Business.

“I wish I had two to three months,” Judge Thomas Cunnington said at the end of a Tuesday afternoon hearing in Kankakee County Circuit Court on a motion seeking a permanent injunction on the SAFE-T Act, set to go into effect Jan. 1. Instead, Cunnington said he will rule on Dec. 28.

When a roadside highway sign says it's ‘8 miles to Champaign,’ how is that mileage determined? Answers to that question and many more.

Readers send us questions, and we try to answer most of them in as much depth as will fit into a few short paragraphs. And then it’s on to the next week’s questions: queries about infrastructure, schools and parks. Local history. Changes to area businesses. The stuff of everyday life.

The tributes continue to pour into The News-Gazette for Gene Hackman, the Danville product who last week celebrated his 93rd birthday. Checking in Sunday night: author John Grisham, who’s written 28 consecutive No. 1 fiction best-sellers, three of which were made into movies starring Hackman.