There are a lot of unhappy people in Mailbag Land this week (everyone except Jeff Blue and his mound of salt). Tom Kacich, himself, is irked that he had to chase down another answer to 'When Is Golden Corral Coming To Champaign?' question.
Carle, Illini football uniforms, congestion on Green Street, Trader Joe’s, streetcars crossing the UI Quad, sidewalks (or lack of them), a vacant day care in Urbana, a vacant gas station along Monticello Road, a difficult MTD bus stop, the configuration of the newly rebuilt South Prospect Avenue and Biggby Coffee.
From streetcars that scooted right across the UI Quad to golf course questions to speeding next to I-74, our resident townie was kept plenty busy this week.
What was a Hardee's in Champaign has turned into a parking lot - and restroom - for recreational marijuana customers.
Questions about this warm weather (yep, folks are golfing), MCORE project, LED traffic lights, the shuttered Art Theater, and changes at WCIA and The News-Gazette. Plus we’re hoping readers can help us answer a question.
The mailbag staff wishes to extend a warm thanks and Merry Christmas to everyone who makes this thing happen every week, from the reader questions to the production crew to all the good people who help out tracking down answers.
It's like a Christmas stocking stuffed with an array of goodies: a time capsule at Parkland College, an update on the big H Mart store planned for South Neil Street, “peace poles” sprouting around Urbana, more work on West Bradley Avenue and complaints about roadwork on south U.S. 45.
Highway and transportation-related questions plus queries about drug testing of city employees, sledding at Cannonball Hill in Urbana, a new fieldhouse at the UI, Urbana school board President John Dimit’s future, Parkland’s parking lots and the continuing Candlestick Lane tradition.
Farm bankruptcies, the food and beverage tax increase in C-U, an infrequently used runway at Willard Airport, a problematic sign at Memorial Stadium, the new track at Champaign’s McKinley Field, farmland at Philo and Windsor in Urbana, and locally made toffee.
A mysterious billboard, an irregular railroad crossing, marijuana use in parks, how a Willard Airport runway will be open for a fun run next May, whether the Illini Foresters will sell Christmas trees this year, the comparative costs of Central High School construction plans, and much more.
It’s almost like a Mailbag greatest hits edition: Farm Aid, Costco, Golden Corral, South Prospect Avenue, Champaign’s road repair backlog, electronics recycling, Cardinal Road and Union Square.
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No theme this week, just a lot of questions and answers about the eagerly anticipated Starbucks in Champaign, Wilber Street outside Champaign, the Art Theater, early snowfalls and much more.
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.
There’s a big focus on the city of Champaign in this week’s edition: the groundbreaking for a new downtown hotel, a new tenant for an old music venue, a street-lighting request, the bygone GoFundMe campaign for the now-demolished Burnham Mansion, an apartment building being razed, Elite Entertainment and an update on the Yards project.
This week’s Mailbag is heavy: more street and highway questions, an update on the old Urbana-Lincoln/Jumer’s/Landmark Hotel, confusion about prison terms and pedestrian safety, hydrogen fuel cell buses in C-U, Heritage Park in Champaign, poor radio reception, TV anchors, signage at the old county nursing home, the cost of another Illinois Constitutional Convention and recycled pumpkins.
There's everything from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in Champaign to lost satellite radio signals in this week’s Mailbag.
This week’s Mailbag is almost as diverse as the student body at the University of Illinois.
Tom Kacich had a special guest at Monday's Meet the Editors session in Champaign
This week’s Mailbag has more questions — 23 — than a group of first-graders on a field trip to the fire station.
Almost a record Mailbag this week. Nearly two dozen items including the history of Champaign-Urbana merger votes, how Urbana and Champaign County were named, how the Unity school district paid for athletic field upgrades and much more.
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.
This week’s Mailbag features history, roads, the University of Illinois Observatory, county fair rules on backpacks, the restored bandshell at West Side Park, the timing of yellow lights and an update on a murder case.
The Mailbag staff hit the road this week — Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, Danville, Rantoul, Champaign County — with questions about everything from the origin of the name Shake Rag Road to a former movie theater building in Champaign to beer sales this fall at Memorial Stadium.
News about school district property in north Champaign, a Culver’s under construction in Urbana, an antique gate at Champaign’s McKinley Field, possible changes to Florida Avenue in Urbana, a new bank building in Champaign and the restoration of Lorado Taft’s Black Hawk statue in Oregon, Ill.
Items about rerouting U.S. routes 45 and 150 through Champaign-Urbana, the new football performance center, closed rest areas, the washboard surface of North Lincoln Avenue in Somer Township, blocked intersections, mowing the grass along rural roads, and how soon C-U will see flashing yellow arrows.
This week's lineup: weeds, wrecked bikes, the new Farren's, Costco, Chick-fil-A, prohibitions at the DMV, the Urbana Civic Center, hazardous waste collections, a large natural area under construction in Urbana and an ancient tree that has seen better days.
Humane society, hockey, history, Hardee's, holes in parking lots and the harvest of trees are among the items in this week's Mailbag.
Among the topics covered this week: dogs at public swimming pools, a former Wendy's gets a makeover, Homer Soda, Savoy's population, a west Champaign railroad crossing, Urbana food truck rallies, a bike trail along South First Street, what's up at the site of a Champaign apartment complex fire, late property tax bills and the latest on Golden Corral.
Lots of questions during a short workweek, made even shorter by a tornado that passed right over the Mailbag's home office in southeast Urbana. The St. Louis Blues flag that was flying that morning was slightly damaged but survived.
This week's Mailbag features questions about the Kickapoo Rail Trail, Cowboy Monkey, brick streets, flower beds, a loud Nelly concert last weekend, a "ghost sign" on an old Champaign building, missing trees along Mattis, Champaign's police review committee and who-ya-gonna-call about property maintenance questions.
The Mailbag is stuffed like a robin after a summer thunderstorm. Infrastructure questions about a lawsuit over the Windsor Road rebuild in Urbana, the front stairs to Foellinger Auditorium, a leaky roof at a mausoleum in Champaign, a soon-to-be-demolished house in central Champaign, the old Taffie's restaurant at Country Fair and a debris-clogged bike lane. Also, pulled pork sandwiches, the plastic bag tax and (again) offensive license plates.
Business at Mailbag Headquarters is almost as busy as a C-U restaurant on this year's University of Illinois Commencement/Mother's Day weekend.
What to do with a ditched bong, building artwork, the big fertilizer plant proposed in Douglas County, the big bulk terminal plant in Champaign County, University of Illinois hiring and much, much more.
Inside: No-Hazardous Cargo routes in Champaign, whether Mark Twain visited Urbana, school administration costs, sanitary sewers in the Rolling Acres subdivision and tree trimming at the Champaign Country Club.
In this week's 'Bag we look to the future of: the Tuscola outlet mall, Ebertfest, the 400 block of West Church Street in Champaign, fast food in Champaign, the humane society garage sale and a vacant car wash in Savoy.
Big ol' Bag today, bulging like an oil and chip road on a hot, sunny day.
In the Mailbag: Costco in Champaign, Chick-fil-A in Champaign, the spooky mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery, bike lane laws, handicapped parking enforcement and the non-existent University of Illinois mascot.
Addressed in this week's entry: An absentee candidate, potholes at the post office, big-time hockey at the University of Illinois, unwanted phone books, how to get your home water tested and stormwater drainage.
Trash building up along Interstate 74, more alcohol at University of Illinois sports events, enhanced bridge work in Champaign, big box stores in far west Champaign, a big pile of shingles, the old Bergner's store at Market Place, Canada geese and an MTD bidding process that went awry.
This week's Mailbag is more crowded than southbound I-75 with Illinoisans and other Midwesterners headed to Florida for spring break.
This week's Mailbag is more crowded than the long line of miscreants volunteering to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis of Virginia.
This week's Mailbag is jammed more than a Campustown liquor store on Unofficial St. Patrick's Day.
This week's Mailbag is more crowded than the egress at a meeting of Jussie Smollett supporters.
This week's Mailbag is more packed than a fat man at the Golden Corral. On the menu: legalized pot, the Solon House, the Ice Arena, the Illini pay to play on WLS. Also: potholes, borrow pits, mounds at Champaign Centennial and along the Canadian National tracks, hazardous chemical recycling, a popcorn shop and a donut shop and an update on i3 Broadband.