Busey Bank Vice Chairman Ed Scharlau
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May 04, 2017

Busey Executive Sees Continued Strong Economy In Champaign County

A Busey Bank executive is predicting continued economic growth for Champaign County this year. Speaking Thursday at Busey Bank’s annual economic seminar, Vice-Chairman Ed Scharlau pointed to strong numbers in just about every sector of the county’s economy last year.


A Warehouse Workers for Justice rally.
Warehouse Workers for Justice
April 25, 2017

Illinois Issues: The Trouble With Temp Work

Legislation aims to improve working conditions for temporary workers as the need for them increases. There were more than 840,000 workers employed by staffing agencies in Illinois in 2015, according to the American Staffing Association.


Construction at the University of Illinois Research Park.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
April 19, 2017

Champaign City Council Approves Research Park Expansion

The research park at the University of Illinois continues to grow. The Champaign City Council approved two measures Tuesday night for the research park’s expansion on the south end of Champaign.


The Urbana Landmark Hotel
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 11, 2017

Urbana Council Will Continue Talks On Hotel Redevelopment

The Urbana City Council voted unanimously Monday night to continue talks towards a possible redevelopment agreement for a 94-year old downtown hotel. The latest revisions to the draft agreement for the Urbana Landmark Hotel include reducing the city’s post-construction bonds to help the project from $9.5 million down to $7 million.


police dispatcher
Dave Collins/AP
March 30, 2017

Police Dispatchers & Mental Health Awareness; Carbondale Eclipse; Jeremy McLellan Comedy

On The 21st: We learned how dispatchers in Illinois are being trained to respond to mental health crises. Plus, how is the city of Carbondale preparing to host tens of thousands for this summer’s eclipse? We also spoke with the founder of Caring Black Men of Decatur, and talked with a South Carolina comedian who does not shy away from hot-button issues.


City of Decatur logo
City of Decatur
March 30, 2017

Economy, Taxes, And Fees Among Debate Areas In Decatur Mayor’s Race

Decatur’s ability to attract business has become one of the main issues of debate before next week’s mayoral election. Challenger and longtime businessman John Phillips also contends recent hikes in property taxes and water and sewer fees are creating a burden for residents. Incumbent Julie Moore-Wolfe, a former city council member, has been in office since 2015, appointed after the passing of former mayor Mike McElroy.


Developer Dionis Rodriguez and project manager Bill Walsh pose with a suit of armor in the Urbana Landmark Hotel
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
March 14, 2017

Developers Make Case For Renovating Urbana Landmark Hotel

The developer who wants to renovate downtown Urbana’s Urbana Landmark Hotel made a presentation before the Urbana City Council Monday night. Dionis Rodriguez and his development firm Crimson Rock Capital have big plans for the 94-year-old building that closed last year --- but only if the city is ready to provide some financial assistance.


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