March 18, 2012

Short-Lived Vision Airlines Experiment Cost UI $117,000

An experiment to bring a discount carrier to Willard Airport cost the University of Illinois about $117,000. As part of its contract with Vision Airlines, the university agreed to a revenue guarantee that promised the UI would pay the airline up to $34,425 per round trip if the airline did not sell enough seats on […]

March 16, 2012

County Board District 7 Q&A: Al Kurtz

Candidates for contested county board races were given the opportunity to answer a series of questions about county government. Here are the answers from Al Kurtz, a Democrat candidate in District 7. Read the full article at

March 15, 2012

Agency Beginning Process to Find Replacement for its Retiring CEO

The Champaign County Economic Development Corp. is preparing to seek a successor to its chief executive officer, John Dimit. Plans call for advertising the position in April, reviewing applications and interviewing candidates in May and recommending a successor in June, said Gary Burgett, chairman of the economic development group’s board of directors. Read the full […]

February 15, 2012

Common Ground Resumes Raising Money in Wake of Expansion’s Cost

Common Ground Food Co-Op is reopening its campaign to raise money for expansion at Lincoln Square Village, after construction bids for the project came in too high. The cooperative, located on the east side of the mall, plans to more than double its space by expanding to the north. Read the full article at

February 5, 2012

Residents Increasingly Using More Environment-Friendly Methods to get to Work

More people in Champaign-Urbana are walking, riding bikes and taking the bus to work, even while Illinois ranks near the bottom of the heap when it comes to funding for bicycling and walking. In a national study released last month by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, Illinois ranked 45th among states in per-capita spending […]