A rendering of the proposed expansion of the Illinois Terminal, and a new hotel conference center to be located in downtown Champaign.
Ratio Architects
July 18, 2017

MTD, Grotelueschen Partner On Development Project

Two proposed developments in downtown Champaign have joined together for what would be the largest conference center in Champaign-Urbana. Developer Hans Grotelueschen has moved his hotel and conference center project a few blocks south from its original proposed location at Washington and Walnut to merge with the planned expansion of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s Illinois Terminal.


Section of Green Street in Champaign under construction for the MCORE Project.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
July 08, 2017

With Budget In Place, MCORE Work To Resume Monday

Passage of a new state budget in Springfield means it’s back to work for construction crews on several road projects in Illinois --- including the MCORE project in Champaign-Urbana’s Campustown.


A view of downtown Cairo shows an "Historic Downtown Cairo" gateway but also vacant lots.
Kirk Siegler / NPR
March 28, 2017

Tired Of Promises, Struggling Cairo, Ill. Wants Problems Solved

At the very southernmost tip of Illinois, the pancake flat cornfields give way to the rolling, forested hills of the Delta.

Here, at the windy confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, it feels more southern than Midwest when you arrive at the old river port and factory town of Cairo, once made famous in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


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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