June 12, 2013

Local Economic Development Group Fires CEO

Mike Kirchhoff is out as chief executive officer of the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. Kirchhoff, who had been on the job only since last August, was terminated from the position this morning by the corporation’s board of directors. Read the full article at

June 11, 2013

Food Hub, Biofuel Facility Among Possibilities for Ex-Base

Could the former Chanute Air Force Base become the site of a food hub or a biofuel facility? Those are some of the possibilities being explored. Mike Royse, a community innovations consultant with the Center for Community Adaptation, gave a presentation about the potential projects at last Tuesday’s village board study session. Read the full […]

June 4, 2013

Urbana Board OKs Plans for Leal Crowding

The Urbana school board Tuesday took action to reduce overcrowding at Leal Elementary, with both a short-term and long-term plan. The school district will cap Leal’s enrollment to the class sizes defined by the district’s contract with its teachers. Students who go to Leal now or kindergarteners who have pre-registered will be able to attend […]

May 5, 2013

County Wants Input on Paths, Trails

If you want to see more green around the county, now’s your chance to make your voice heard. The county’s Regional Planning Commission is looking at bikes and trails in the area. It wants to see where more improvements should be made in the next few years. People who live here say more people are […]

April 22, 2013

Earth Week Begins with Cross-Campus Tobacco Litter Cleanup

University students kicked off Earth Week, an annual series of events hosted by the Students for Environmental Concerns, on Saturday. Earth Week is an extended celebration of Earth Day, which takes place Monday. Read the full article at

March 20, 2013

Community Services Board has Several Scholarships Available

To qualify, an applicant must be a resident of Champaign County and must have an annual income at or below 125 percent of the 2013 federal poverty guidelines. He or she must be enrolled in a full-time or part-time course of study at a post-secondary institution in Illinois. Read the full article at

March 19, 2013

Ludlow to Receive $40,000 Low-Interest Loan

The village of Ludlow will receive a low-interest loan from the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission to help pay a portion of the village water tower project. Mayor Pete Walker said he was informed that the commission had approved a 3 percent loan for $40,000, to be paid back over five years. Read the full […]