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production manager Amanda White director of publication design Kelly Friederich managing editor Laura Wilcoxen copywriting David Ballard, Carol Cummings, Amanda Knoles, Dana L. Mancuso, Jay Nehrkorn, Laura Wilcoxen proofreader Christina Reese photography coordinator/ content consultant Jay Nehrkorn

1 800-455-5600 photography Mark Stites, Blue Waters, CU Scholars, HL Precision Machining, Christie Clinic, & Provena Covenant Medical Center cover photo by David Ghent lead design Kelly Friederich website creation & support Josh Chandler director of media purchasing Diana Vaughn

business development director of business development George Prudhomme

marketing consultant Charlie Rogers

director of outside sales Debbie Moss

marketing specialist Shawna Williams

vp chief sales officer Tom Hoyt

customer service director Kathy Risley

business development manager Bonnie Ebers

advertising ad research Mary Kopshever Amy SchwartzkoPf

ad traffic Carol Smith ad design Josh Mueller

administrative support administrative support Kathy Hagene Carol Smith account support Terri Ahner Tricia Cannedy

human resources assistant Teresa Craig mailroom technician Melinda Bowlin

Getting Around in Champaign County........... 19


From the Chamber of Commerce................. 3


& develop-

ment Champaign County an Optimal Option for Growth............................ 4 Chamber-Member Banks & Credit Unions...... 7

community Champaign County Service Clubs: Grateful to Give............................................. 8

education Guiding Students to a Brighter Future: The CUScholars Program............................. 10 A Working Solution: MBA Programs at U of I & Parkland College........................ 11

information technology publishing systems specialist Christopher Miller

Report Card: Public Schools......................... 12

executive leadership chairman and founder Craig Williams

What’s Inside

chief financial officer Rhonda Harsy

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health care Carle Foundation Hospital & Carle Clinic Association Become One Organization........ 14 Provena Covenant Medical Center: Patient-Focused Quality Care...................... 16 Christie and Provena Join Healthcare Value Leaders Network................................ 16


agribusiness Murray Seed: Tradition Meets Technology..... 18

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Local Businesses & Volunteers Score Big With ECI-SCORE.......................... 22 PTAC: Helping Local Businesses Earn Government Contracts........................ 23

business vignettes Benjamin Lapid Photography........................ 24 Background Consulting Services.................. 25 Developmental Services Center.................... 26 HL Precision Machining Inc........................... 27

technology Blue Waters to Offer Blazing Speeds for Research....................... 29


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From Athletics to Arts: Parks Facilities Offer Something for Everyone...................... 32 A Festival of Races: The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon............ 34


& entertainment

Restaurant & Lodging Guide........................ 36 Assembly Hall’s Exciting Roster of Entertainment.............................. 36

index of advertisers Our Sponsors............................................... 38

On the Cover Autumn brings out some incredible fall colors, which means it’s a great time to be outdoors enjoying the view of the parks.




From the

Chamber of Commerce What is it that draws and keeps people in Champaign County? In a phrase, it’s “quality of life.” The 998 square miles of the county include the communities of Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy, which make up the commercial hub of the county and its largest population center, with over 100,000 residents. In these tri-cities, homes for every family size, income level, and lifestyle are available. Bolstered by outlying areas that claim some of the world’s richest farmland, the county offers unique opportunities in agriculture and related businesses. The rural communities have attracted specialty businesses and sole proprietorships, as well as significant new residential growth. A vibrant business community encourages new commerce and industry. As the home of the University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Champaign County is recognized as a center for computing and technology, attracting and retaining a diverse group of traditional and high-tech companies and becoming a leader in building the national and global information superhighway. An assortment of cultural resources and facilities abounds. From museums and performing arts centers to a planetarium and botanical

gardens, the offerings are matched only by those in the nation’s largest metropolitan centers. Choices continue in education. Public, private, and parochial schools strive for excellence in every aspect of staff, facilities, technology, and curricula. Nationally and internationally recognized city and county park systems provide recreation for all ages. The spires of more than 100 churches rise above the Champaign County skyline, reflecting a variety of religious beliefs. Much of the area’s business growth is attributable to the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. Several high-tech firms are spinoffs of university research efforts. Even the area’s agricultural potential substantially benefits from the school’s ongoing crop experimentation, which includes cultivation of disease-resistant crop strains and development of precision farming methods and information systems. Recent building projects include the university’s South Research Park, the One Main building in downtown Champaign, the redevelopment of Lincoln Square Village in Urbana, the schools built by the Village of Tolono, the aquatic center in Urbana, and the new pork processing plant in Rantoul. These are all concrete examples of people and government working together to build for our future.


ur rich sense of history, which influences Champaign County today, ensures that, as a community, we have always been destined for success. Since 1833, when Champaign County was founded, it has been a welcoming guidepost on the Illinois prairie. In the 1850s, it was a stopping point for a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln, who frequently visited friends in Champaign and Urbana as he traveled the circuit from Springfield for the Eighth Judicial District. Throughout the years, Champaign County has continued to be both a destination and a stopping point. As home to the world-renowned University of Illinois, our community has attracted scientists and senators, teachers and tradespeople, Nobel Prize winners, and many other notables. Many stay for a lifetime, enriching the community; some receive or contribute to world-class teaching before moving on to influence different communities. Regardless of the amount of time people spend here, they help develop a unique relationship between this region and the rest of the world. While many of our residents will not receive world accolades, they are the fiber of our community and the primary reason Champaign County is a great place to call home.


Relocation & Development

Champaign County an Optimal Option for Growth BY CAROL CUMMINGS, JAY NEHRKORN, & LAURA WILCOXEN

In addition to the building itself, Champaign Village includes considerable parking space and more than 13 acres of land. Excellent visibility, high traffic counts, and immediate access to interstates 72 and 57 were key factors in the decision to invest. “West Champaign is a growing part of town, and we think that it is a superior location,” Alex Ruggieri explained. “We got a really good price on that property, and we feel like we can pass those savings on to offer a good rate in an A+ location. In residential terms, you could say we bought a fixer-upper in a great neighborhood, and it is money well spent.”

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espite the nation’s economic difficulties, Champaign County is home to a number of exciting new developments, as the strengths of the community continue to give investors confidence. “We believe strongly in Champaign overall,” said Alex Ruggieri of Ramshaw Real Estate. “We think we have a really resilient economy here in Champaign. Between the University of Illinois, our medical clinics, hospitals, and then being completely surrounded by the agricultural economy as we are, we feel like this region has always been a good place to invest.” Developments in the area represent a broad spectrum of properties suited for a variety of markets, including retail, professional services, research, and office space, as well as mixed-use and residential neighborhoods.

Clearview Development is a mixed-use community located at the northwest junction of I-57 and I-74. Developed by The Atkins Group, Clearview provides an opportunity for businesses to have a presence in northwest Champaign in a visible location that’s directly accessible from the Clearview community trail. Clearview features a 270-acre interstate office park, 37 acres of general commercial development, and a 22-acre hotel/conference center campus. Also within this development is a proposed 350-acre residential portion that is eagerly anticipated in the community. The diverse residential area will feature cottage, moderate, and estate lots.

Champaign Village Champaign Village is a commercial property being refurbished and developed by Sperry Van Ness/ Ramshaw Real Estate. Positioned in West Champaign on Glenn Park Drive, the 143,120-square-foot retail complex is anchored by a County Market store and Apria Healthcare, and there is active negotiation ongoing for new tenants. Ramshaw’s team will be focused on developing, dividing, and leasing the 60,000-square-foot space formerly used by Hobby Lobby, along with five smaller retail spaces.

The Gates at Applewood Valley Developed by Hallbeck Homes Inc., The Gates at Applewood Valley is a premier office/retail development to be located in southwest Champaign at the intersection of Curtis Road and Mattis Avenue. This

area, across the road from the new Carle Clinic medical facility, is strategically situated where Champaign is predicted to grow the most in the next 10 years. The development offers options that can be individually tailored to each client’s needs. Amenities and highlights include retail/office lots for sale, buildto-suit/for lease options, open walking paths, and upscale residential subdivisions in close proximity. Commercial build-to-suit lots are still available. In addition to the 25 acres of lots zoned Neighborhood Commercial and 21 acres zoned Multi-Family, Hallbeck Homes will also be developing 114 acres for single-family homes that will encompass a massive lake and a 4-acre park.

Golfview Village Renters haven’t been left out of the upscale development picture in Champaign County. Golfview Village, developed by Triple R Development, a partnership between Robeson’s Inc. and Roeco Enterprises, is a 524-unit rental townhome community in Rantoul, located adjacent to Willow Pond Golf Course. In addition to top-quality, spacious townhomes with amenities like central air, laundry hookups, and full-time maintenance, the community features attractive landscaping, playgrounds, a dog park, and more. “Each entity [Robeson’s Inc. and Roeco Enterprises] has been in business in Champaign County for decades and has great confidence in the area,” said Eric Robeson of Robeson’s Inc. “Each is already greatly invested in the area both financially and emotionally.” Located on the site of the former Chanute Air Force Base, Golfview took advantage of the presence of well-constructed townhomes that were once occupied by Air Force personnel. “It was thought that large, well-maintained, quality townhomes at a reasonable monthly rate would be popular in this area,” said Robeson. “We felt the location would appeal to those who did not need to live right in Champaign-Urbana, but who wanted to be close to its many amenities.”

Pell Farm In a decision that could significantly benefit the development of southeast Urbana, the University of Illinois Foundation sold the Pell Farm property to

Relocation & Development Renee and Adolf Lo in 2010. The Champaign couple plans to develop the farm with the help of the community. Bordered by Philo Road to the east, Windsor Road to the north, and Meadowbrook Park to the west, the 160-acre Pell Farm has provided a home for the University of Illinois’ vineyards and orchards for more than 50 years. Scenic terrain and Pell Farm’s location make it a very attractive parcel for development in Champaign County.

The Research Park at the University of Illinois A 10-year partnership among Fox Development, The Atkins Group, and the University of Illinois has led to the ongoing growth of The Research Park at the University of Illinois. The development currently provides more than 565,000 square feet of new office space housing over 80 tenants — including 10 on the 2009 Fortune 500 list — and nearly 1,500 employees. Collaboration between industry and the university, which gives companies access to U of I research capabilities and creates opportunities for faculty and students to solve real-world problems, is the park’s primary goal. “Fox/Atkins has been proactive in its marketing efforts by developing company-specific marketing materials and by recruiting, or assisting in recruiting, a large majority of the companies in the UIRP,” said Peter Fox of Fox Development. “We concentrate on research and development companies who are working with researchers at the University of Illinois and would benefit from hiring UIUC students.” The addition of amenities such as I Hotel & Conference Center and landscaped areas with outdoor art have also made The Research Park at the University of Illinois a venue for cultural and business gatherings. The park plans to host a concert series, sponsor Chamber and TechMix networking events such as the Career Fair and other programs.

Stone Creek Subdivision is an upscale residential area being developed by The Atkins Group. Located at the entry to southeast Urbana, Stone Creek covers 500 acres surrounding the 18-hole Stone Creek Golf Club, which has hosted a variety of local and professional competitions and is the home course of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini golf teams. The course serves as an attractive centerpiece for the community and offers miles of trails and paths for residents to utilize. Mike Martin of The Atkins Group says that creating this type of country atmosphere was an important priority when planning the development. “What we really tried to create at Stone Creek is the feeling you get while on vacation at a nice resort — a comfortable, pleasant atmosphere with amenities within walking distance of your home,” Martin said. Stone Creek Commons has been expanded to include a neighborhood retail center in close proximity to the subdivision. The Pines retail center at the corner

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relocation & Development underground utilities and home sites designed to reflect today’s lifestyles. New homes are under construction now, and all homes and landscape plans are overseen by an architectural committee.

Thompson Land Company Thompson Land Company is poised to bring more commercial growth to the rapidly expanding area of southern Champaign and Savoy. Several new properties are being developed, including City Center Savoy, City Place Savoy, Galleria Office Park, and Savoy Square. Each site will offer copious space for retail and office development, bringing new construction jobs, permanent jobs, and visitors to southern Champaign and Savoy.

The Village at the Crossing

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of Philo and Windsor roads now includes multiple restaurants, a banking center, and several retail shops. All this has been implemented in a style consistent with the Stone Creek neighborhood and golf course to maintain the atmosphere for residents. Stone Creek offers eight subdivision communities and a variety of lot sizes and price ranges for both growing families and retirees. The subdivision boasts


Built by Robeson Crossing Inc., The Village at the Crossing (VATC), located in a primary new residential growth area in southwest Champaign, is a mixed-use development that comprises a complete community in and of itself. “It’s a 20-acre development combining retail, office, social, and entertainment activities in a Main Street configuration,” said Bruce Hutchings, AIA ASLA, vice president of Robeson Crossing Inc. “It’s meant to encourage and facilitate interaction and enjoyment. VATC has wide sidewalks, streetscape

elements, and a Village Square, all designed to create a very livable small-town atmosphere.” The Village is the central component of a masterplanned neighborhood encompassing about 300 acres, all interconnected via a 30-plus-acre network of greenbelt corridors that includes more than five miles of walking/bike paths, two city parks, natural areas landscaped with wildflowers and abundant trees, and more. The neighborhood includes not only The Village, but also Robeson Meadows, Robeson Meadows West, and Robeson Crossing, a 16-acre office campus. “The principals of Robeson Crossing Inc. are all longtime residents of Champaign, and we know the local market,” said Hutchings. “This is a diverse and cosmopolitan community that we knew would be open to the concepts of New Urbanism and to our commitment to environmental design and land planning. “Also unique to Champaign County is the availability of technical experts, and we’ve tapped into that knowledge in engineering, construction, and so on,” Hutchings continued. “City officials, residents, companies, businesses, and users of our developments continue to give us positive feedback on the results.”

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Chamber-Member Banks & Credit Unions

bankchampaign, n.a. 2101 S. Neil Street, Champaign.........................351-2870 busey bank 100 W. University Avenue, Champaign................351-6500 201 W. Main Street, Urbana................................365-4500 central illinois bank 2913 Kirby Avenue, Champaign..........................355-0900 commerce bank 1015 W. Windsor Road, Champaign...................359-9790 community plus federal credit union 1005 Bloomington Road, Champaign................693-3440 first bank trust 1251 Woodfield Drive, Savoy...............................351-3526 first mid-illinois bank & trust 2229 S. Neil Street, Champaign.........................359-9837

first midwest bank 812 W. Springfield Avenue, Champaign..............378-7629 first state bank 101 Windsor Road, Champaign..........................239-3000 freestar bank 2510 S. Philo Road, Urbana................................344-1300 heartland bank & trust co. 1101 W. Windsor Road, Champaign...................359-5555 hickory point bank & trust, fsb 701 Devonshire Drive, Champaign.....................351-7100 marine bank 2434 Village Green Place, Champaign...............239-0100 midland states bank of champaign 1608 Broadmoor Drive, Champaign...................398-3800 prairie state bank & trust 1902 Fox Drive, Champaign................................239-7617 prospect bank 1601 S. Prospect Avenue, Champaign................352-0077 tcf bank 809 S. Wright Street, Champaign........................265-6500 u of i employees credit union 2201 S. First Street, Champaign.........................278-7700


hether you’re looking for a bank as a newcomer to Champaign County, as a current resident refinancing your home, or as a business looking for lending or expertise, find the right place to take care of your needs at any of these Chamber-member banks. Main branches are listed; for more information on other locations, contact the bank. Area code, unless otherwise specified, is 217.



Champaign County Service Clubs: Grateful toGive D By Dana Mancuso

iana Dummitt and about 50 of her closest friends get up early every Thursday to make a difference in Champaign County. Others take time at noon, and still others meet in the evening. All are members of local service clubs such as Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, and more.

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Start with Service


Members of these clubs give their time to help other organizations meet their goals. Dummitt is president of C-U Sunrise Rotary, which meets at 6:45 a.m. “People sometimes think of [Rotary] as a social club, but we are truly a service club. We provide resources to make the world a better place,” she explained. C-U Sunrise Rotary assists several local organizations. “We hold a biennial fish fry and an annual fruit sale, with proceeds that have benefitted Center for Women in Transition, The Times Center, Eastern Illinois Food Bank, United Way Success by Six, and Big Brothers Big Sisters,” Dummitt said. That hometown focus is important to members, who then can feel more connected to the community. “When you put a face to the issues by working locally, it impacts people personally and makes them want to do something about it,” Dummitt said. Champaign Lions Club also works locally to better residents’ vision and hearing, explained President Marvin Paulsen. “We help people with low vision, eyesight, and hearing needs by providing eye exams and prescription glasses for about 100 people each year with financial need. We also collect used eyeglasses and assist with making hearing aids available.” Dummitt added that it is also important to remember needs abroad. “We are blessed with all the basics of life and more. We can become more grateful for what we have by giving it away to those who are less fortunate both locally and around the world.” Paul Donohue has been a member of Champaign West Rotary since 2001. He explained that service clubs fill both community needs and personal needs to help others. “They are absolutely vital to a vibrant, livable, welcoming, hospitable, and functioning society,” Donohue asserted. “Look to any major social service initiative in any community and you will find a service organization in support.”

Champaign West Rotary has supported Swann Special Care Center, Parkland College, and the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, among other local projects, through both club grants and donations given by members themselves. Champaign Lions often get out in the community to collect for their causes. “On our last Eyeglass Collection Day we collected over 1,500 pairs of eyeglasses, which are used to help people all over the world,” Paulsen said. Donohue noted that he has benefited from the time he gives to Rotary and its projects. “I feel a deep personal satisfaction from making a commitment to serve my community. And I have developed some of the deepest friendships and professional relationships in my life.”

Beyond the Boardroom Dummitt is proud of what she called a very diverse club, and she explained that members meet with others whom they may not know in other circles. “We have people from all walks of life, representing a variety of socioeconomic levels. Our members work in education, for nonprofits, and in local businesses. It’s a diverse group all working toward the same goals.” And even though the individuals in a service club may not have found each other in other circles, those common goals help bring them together. “Service clubs provide a structure and focus for community service by allowing individuals to join like-minded individuals to work together in support of a common mission,” Donohue said. “It’s becoming less common to connect in person in this age of Facebook and other Internet social networks,” Dummitt added. “Local Rotary clubs meet every week, so we really have an opportunity to develop strong personal and professional friendships.”

Low Cost/High Impact Dummitt explained that at the local level, service clubs (like Rotary) are all-volunteer organizations. There are no paid staff, “so everything we do is charitable. We don’t have any overhead. That frees us


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to meet a need very quickly, and it makes for a very flexible and simple organizational model.”

Working Together Dummitt said that her club organized members from 16 community groups for a Kids Against Hunger event. “The five local Rotary clubs in Champaign and Urbana, plus Mahomet, Monticello, and Savoy, meet as a President’s Council so all the area clubs can get engaged in larger projects.” Paulsen said that their Lions Club has helped with projects that benefit the community at large. “In addition to vision and hearing projects, the club has provided services to Parkland College Disability Center, helped send two children to Camp Lions for children with disabilities each year, donated 500 pairs of socks to Unit 4 schools each winter, and donated and sorted food at the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.”

Did You Know? • Champaign West Rotary is helping to build homes for orphaned children in Honduras. • C-U Sunrise Rotary has supported a school in Uganda by purchasing computers, buying bicycles for students, and furnishing the headmaster’s quarters. • Urbana Rotary sent hundreds of shelter boxes to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. • Champaign Lions recently raised $2,300, which enabled the club to assist with additional eye exams and eyeglasses, as well as with statewide Lions program such as the Lions Hearing Bus, Mobile Diabetic Eye Clinic, Camp Lions, Cochlear Implant program, and others through the Lions of Illinois Foundation.

Local clubs are making a statewide and a global impact.





Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation

Guiding Students to a Brighter Future: The CUScholars Program By Carol Cummings & Laura Wilcoxen

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he Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation (CUSF) is an independent, nonprofit, publicly supported foundation whose purpose is to enhance the quality of education in Champaign Unit 4 School District and Urbana School District #116 through teacher-driven projects, district programs, and community financial support of special initiatives. CUSF’s newest venture, CUScholars, is causing great buzz and excitement in the area. Designed to encourage all of the area’s high school students to take a rigorous curriculum so they are prepared for every kind of post-high-school choice, the program is scheduled to launch in spring 2011. “Part of our previous strategic plan was to develop a signature program for our organization,” said Gail Rost, executive director of CUSF. “We learned about the now-defunct States Scholars Initiative and took it from there, tailoring that program to our local needs by working collaboratively with our school administrators,

Parkland College, the U of I College of Education, local business, and the trades.” The program is designed to serve students, families, businesses, and the school districts by defining a clear pathway for students. Beginning with a middle school career and life-choices exploration, the program will include a challenging course of study, with a menu of extracurricular activities beginning in ninth grade. It will be open to every enrolled student in the three local public high schools. “This just isn’t a one-size-fits-all world,” said Rost. “We need to guide all of our children to a place where they can have as many options as possible when they leave high school. If we do this right, our graduates will be ready for the next step in their development, whether they pursue college, the trades, or the workplace.” CUScholars will address both the academic goals — which are often not being met through today’s state of Illinois academic graduation requirements — and the personal goals of

participating students. CUScholars will proudly recognize participants as they move through their high school years and match life and career goals to their academic experience. It’s anticipated that CUScholars will have far-reaching impact, not only through its results, but through its actual processes. “CUScholars has the potential to be transformational for our community, because at its core is engagement,” said Rost. “This program counts on all of us for it to succeed: Students have to stretch to take more rigorous courses and to get involved in new ways; parents and teachers have to help support their kids’ success by making supports accessible to all and challenging our kids to perform; business needs to participate by getting into the classroom to talk about what it takes to get a job, keep a job, and grow in a job; and agencies have to learn to depend on our youth volunteers as a vital asset to their services.”

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University of Illinois Professional MBA

A Working Solution : MBA Programs at U of I & Parkland College


By Carol Cummings

University of Illinois Five years ago, the University of Illinois started a part-time MBA program with the intention of providing a high-end professional development opportunity for people in the local community, allowing them to learn new skills, broaden their business knowledge, and engage in new experiences related to business. This allows them to excel with their employer and potentially, over time, position themselves well for new career opportunities. According to Stig Lanesskog, associate dean for the MBA program at the University of Illinois, there is no single profile of a professional MBA student, other than they are currently employed. The program has included individuals with little — one to three years — to significant — 15-plus years — experience, and they have come from a variety of professions, including medical, banking, nonprofit, IT, finance, operations, and others. Application of new skills is an important aspect of the program experience. Group project work allows MBA students to apply what they are learning in the classroom and provides a forum for the students to learn from each other’s experiences. The classes are also very interactive and include business case work. At any given time, about 75 students are enrolled in the professional program, with a class size of 30–40 in each cohort. Students come from Champaign County and from Decatur, Springfield, Bloomington, and even Peoria. It is a lock-step program, meaning that all students take the same classes together as a cohort. This allows them to finish the program in a shorter period of time than

students in many other part-time MBA programs. Scholarship opportunities are available, and applicants are not required to take the GMAT test.

Parkland College The Eastern Illinois University MBA program offers three MBA degree alternatives, including the MBA with Applied Management Option, the MBA with Accountancy Concentration, and the MBA with Research Option. Approximately 165 full- and part-time students are actively taking classes at either the EIU or Parkland locations. The EIU MBA program is offered primarily to full-time students at EIU and to part-time students at Parkland. The cooperative program with Parkland College allows students to take up to two MBA classes each semester at Parkland. Approximately 40 students are taking or have recently taken classes toward completing their MBA degrees at Parkland. The Parkland classes are predominantly offered in the traditional classroom format from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., one night a week for an entire semester. The typical part-time Parkland student completes the program in two calendar years by taking two classes each fall and spring semester for two years and by completing three classes over those two summers. The part-time Parkland program and the full-time program at EIU offer the same affordable in-state tuition rates and the additional savings offered by being served by the EIU textbook rental system. The part-time Parkland MBA program is designed to appeal to working professionals. Since the MBA program is not a cohort program, it allows working professionals to choose the number of classes that they take each semester and to decide how long it will take for them to complete their degrees. The EIU MBA program is an integrative learning experience that trains students to be lifelong learners with excellent critical thinking and decision-making abilities, providing them with management skills that can open new career opportunities.

part-time MBA program is a valuable option for professionals who wish to continue working while furthering their careers. Both the University of Illinois and Eastern Illinois University at Parkland College offer a part-time option for their Master of Business Administration programs.



Report Card: Public Schools Champaign School District

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Community Partnerships — Prepared Students


Champaign Unit 4 educators and administrators recognize that education isn’t just about standardized test scores; it’s about preparing students for life. With that in mind, they are actively working to get the next generation ready to embrace rewarding careers. One such educator is Jefferson Middle School special education teacher Yvette Lane-Rose. After returning from her tour in Iraq, Rose wanted to help students develop a vision for their futures and provide them with tools to achieve their goals. Her leadership has resulted in a group of students who now meet after school with local business leaders to learn life skills, set goals, and serve the community by volunteering. “The three things that I want them to understand are that they have to advocate for their own education, that the community needs to be involved in their advocacy, and that everybody has a different part in society, which is what makes America great,” Rose explains. Since 1996, Unit 4’s Education to Careers and Professions program has sought similar goals on a districtwide scale. Director Marc Changnon says that the premise is to guide students through a progression of investigating who they are and assisting them in making informed choices about their future. In high school, the program helps them narrow their focus through in-depth research, which prepares

them for their future with educational choices and real-world experiences. “Students have the opportunity do interviews in the community and have career mentoring, and then seniors get to do a semesterlong internship class where they intern in the community with a person in their profession,” Changnon said. “It gives students relevancy in their education, and the parents welcome this guidance. “As a parent, I’ve wondered what my kids were going to do and where they might go, and here’s a program in school that starts in seventh grade and goes through 12th grade that allows them to develop who they are, what they might want to do, and go test the water,” he continued. “Our key goal is that when they walk across that stage and graduate, we want to know that they have a sense of purpose and direction for their lives.” Critical to the success of these programs are the “other teachers”, which include community leaders in the public and private sectors who spend time with students. Changnon says that the ECP program in Champaign has more than 700 community partnerships, which is key to helping students find their vision for a successful future. Another partnership that helps students get a head start is the dual-credit agreement the district has with Parkland College. This growing program, combined with Advanced Placement

By Jay Nehrkorn

opportunities, allows students to achieve college credits while still in high school, saving both time and money for those who will pursue college degrees.

Urbana School District 116 Individualized Learning and Academic Accolades Urbana Middle School is fed by six elementary schools — including one multi-language school that serves students from more than 50 countries — and has a student body consisting of over 850 pupils. Large school numbers such as these may lead parents to worry that their child will get lost in the shuffle, but the school has embraced a “team learning” structure that gives students a more closely knit learning community and the kind of individualized attention often characterized by much smaller schools. “In order to create smaller learning communities, students are grouped into teams with common teachers,” said Scott Woods, principal of Urbana Middle School. “What that means is that students on the same team see all the same core subject teachers. Likewise, the core subject teachers on a team share all the same students. This allows teachers to build positive relationships with students and their families in order to promote academic, social, and behavioral success. All teams provide the same curriculum and levels of enrichment, but every student will have a unique experience.”



INFORMATION Champaign Unit 4 School District

Urbana School District 116

Meanwhile, accolades continue to roll in for Urbana High School. On the heels of being one of eight schools featured by the Illinois State Board of Education for school improvement in 2009, the school has received a bronze-level award from U.S. News & World Report in its 2010 survey of nearly 22,000 schools nationwide. “The recognition that we have received both from the ISBE and then on the national level from U.S. News & World Report has been a nice affirmation of the progress that we continue to make here, but what we’re most proud of is the success of our students as they move on to higher education and then their careers,” said Urbana High School Principal Dr. Laura J. Taylor. “A number of recent graduates are now studying and succeeding in programs at some very prestigious universities nationwide, and that’s gratifying for all of us within the administration and faculty.” Over the past three years, graduates were accepted to schools that include Yale, Columbia, Tufts, Beloit, Bryant, the University of Edinburgh, Brown, Washington, Juilliard, UCLA, Grinnell College, Caltech, and Big 10 universities. In addition, approximately 35 percent of seniors are accepted to the University of Illinois each year, and about 73 percent of graduates are accepted annually to colleges and universities.


Health Care

Carle Foundation Hospital & Carle Clinic Association Become One Organization By Amanda Knoles

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce



arle Foundation Hospital and Carle Clinic Association have united to form one organization. Integration took effect April 1, 2010, with the Carle Foundation’s purchase of Carle Clinic Association and its assets, including Health Alliance Medical Plans, for $250 million. The Carle Foundation includes Carle Foundation Hospital and related health care services, Carle Foundation Physician Services, and upon integration also includes Carle Physician Group (formerly Carle Clinic) and Health Alliance Medical Plans. “This is an exciting step for Carle, one that positions us well for providing our communities high-quality, high-value care for years to come. As a comprehensive health system, we will continue striving to improve health and wellness of people in the region with patient-focused, world-class care rooted in advanced research and technology,” said James C. Leonard, M.D., president and CEO of The Carle Foundation. “The time is right for this transition. Under this patient-focused, physician-led structure, we will enhance the continuum of care by aligning hospital, clinic, and health plan quality initiatives and improving efficiency by focusing on high standards of care, disease management, and implementing a single electronic medical record,” said R. Bruce Wellman, M.D., CEO of Carle Physician Group. Carle officials say the transaction is the beginning of a process to fully integrate the health care system. Patients can expect the same high level of care they’ve always experienced. Increased

benefits to the community will include enhanced coordination of care and continued commitment to innovative research and educating health care professionals. In addition, there will be combined resources to strengthen the organization and preserve local ownership and control of health care services. A united effort in community stewardship will include providing discounted care to qualifying patients, jobs, and support for health initiatives that improve access to, and quality of, health care services. The integrated system employs approximately 5,800 individuals in central Illinois and Iowa.

Services Carle Foundation Hospital has achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest honor for nursing care. The 325-bed regional hospital offers a more advanced level of clinical expertise and technology than any area hospital, housing the area’s only Level I Trauma Center as well as Level III perinatal services. The hospital admitted more than 19,900 patients and treated more than 56,700 patients in the emergency room during 2009. The Mills Breast Cancer Institute, Carle Cancer Center, Carle Spine Institute, and Carle Heart and Vascular Institute bring additional advanced diagnostic and treatment options.

Carle Physician Group, an outpatient practice located in nine communities across central Illinois, serves more than 200,000 unique patients annually and is comprised of more than 300 physicians in 50 specialties dedicated to providing the highest quality care. Health Alliance Medical Plans, Inc., is a licensed health insurance provider, ranked among the nation’s top 20 health plans by U.S. News and World Report, with 310,000 members in Illinois and Iowa. Also among the corporate entities are the philanthropic arm, The Carle Development Foundation, and nine health care businesses that provide residents with a complete array of quality health services.

Carle and University of Illinois Form Strategic Research Alliance The University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign and Carle have formed a biomedical

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The Carle Foundation



research alliance to foster medical discoveries, improve student educational opportunities, enhance access to clinical and translational research trials for patients in downstate Illinois, encourage the recruitment of specialty physicians, and provide an environment that supports collaboration. This agreement establishes the first academic health center in the ChampaignUrbana community. Researchers will share space in the new Biomedical Research Center at the Mills Breast Cancer Institute in Urbana, working jointly to address four main research areas: cancer, cardiology, neurosciences, and gastrointestinal health. “This is a historical agreement that represents the further commitment of the university to support our vibrant, healthy community,” said Lawrence Schook, director of U of I’s Division of Biomedical Sciences. “Our goal is to stimulate research collaborations among scientists and clinicians, work that we hope will ultimately provide real societal benefit.” Carle Foundation President and CEO James C. Leonard, M.D., said, “Officially partnering with the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign as a research affiliate is a critical factor in our mission to support research that sparks ideas and investigations, ultimately leading to new medical discoveries. We want patients and their families from central and southern Illinois to have access to the newest and most progressive treatments and therapies in medical care, close to home.” The Biomedical Research Center at Carle will provide an exceptional environment to advance collaborative research among medical and scientific professionals. The alliance will give university faculty access to research space in the Mills Breast Cancer Institute, allowing close interactions with Carle physicians. It will also enhance the recruitment of researchers focused on clinical problems and physicians with subspecialties that require access to university facilities as well as faculty status. “Carle brings to the research table the clinical expertise of 300 physicians in 50 medical specialties,” Dr. Leonard said. “With our current participation in 150 oncologic and non-oncologic clinical trials for patients and with nearly 100 other studies under way by Carle physician researchers, this work will have an impact on advancing patient care right here in Illinois and beyond.”


Health Care

Christie and Provena Join Healthcare Value Leaders Network


By Amanda Knoles

Provena Covenant Medical Center: Patient-Focused Quality Care By Amanda Knoles

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce



or more than a century, Provena Covenant Medical Center has been dedicated to providing quality health care that is accessible to all people living and working in central Illinois. The licensed 210-bed hospital serves 13 counties and has a medical staff of over 250 physicians representing various areas of specialized care. Featuring the area’s largest inpatient rehabilitation center, with facilities for physical, occupational, and speech therapy, the center is also home to the Human Motion Institute, the Provena Center for Healthy Aging, and the area’s only adult behavioral health unit in a hospital setting. A commitment to advanced care is evident from the many firsts Provena Covenant has brought to the community, including the area’s first openheart surgery in 1970 and the region’s first successful arterial stent implant in 1994. Its hospice program, rehabilitation center, pastoral care department, and School of Nursing at Parkland also all marked firsts for the area when established. Most recently, Provena Covenant was the first Illinois hospital outside Chicago to offer the Sensei X® robotic catheter system for electrophysiology procedures, and it was the first in Illinois to receive dual accreditation in both the Chest Pain Center and Acute Heart Failure categories from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Quality care and patient safety are among the hospital’s highest priorities. The area’s sole recipient of a prestigious 5-Star rating for Patient Safety from HealthGrades®, Provena Covenant is committed to the Lean Principles of continuous improvement and process redesign. “Provena Covenant Medical Center is proud to be a leader in the Lean Principles .... The results of our efforts to date have been improved patient satisfaction and increased productivity,” said David Bertauski, Provena Covenant Medical Center president and CEO. Dedication to quality care is also evidenced by Provena’s efforts to standardize clinical areas within the hospital. Since many staff and physicians provide care in multiple areas, putting critical items in the same place in each area reduces time wasted and increases time spent at the patient’s bedside. With a rich history of caring and Provena Covenant a strong focus on meeting the future Medical Center needs of the community, Provena Covenant Medical Center is leading the way in providing advanced care, sustained quality, and enhanced patient safety. FOR MORE


hristie Clinic and Provena Covenant Medical Center have recently been named members of the prestigious Healthcare Value Leaders Network. Designed to teach medical professionals how to improve care by applying Lean Principles of continuous improvement and process redesign, the network uses techniques that have produced marked quality and productivity improvements for North American manufacturers. “Christie Clinic has seen the need to dramatically change the formula of the way high-quality health care could be delivered to the patient more efficiently,” said R. Alan Gleghorn, Christie Clinic’s CEO. “Our involvement with the Healthcare Value Leaders Network will benefit us by sharing information with like-minded organizations.” “Christie Clinic has been implementing Lean process improvement for a few years now. The Lean tools are the foundation for us to build a culture that empowers our team members to see and eliminate waste. For example, shorter wait times, fewer steps, and tighter connections allow us to deliver measurable results to our patients,” said Jason Hirsbrunner, continuous improvement director at Christie Clinic.

The Christie team introduced Provena management to Lean Principles, and Provena has fully embraced the process. Their Blessed Beginnings Birthing Center is being redesigned using Lean Principles, with past patients, physicians, and staff members collaborating to design the unit. Keeping the family experience in mind, they have evaluated workflow using principles such as “point-of-use storage,” which makes sure the right items are on hand throughout all stages of the childbirth experience. Formed by the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) and the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, the second Healthcare Value Leaders Network builds on the initial network, which included Johns Hopkins Medicine, UCLA Health System, and the University Christie Clinic of Michigan Health System. Christie Clinic has provided care for more than 80 years and is the oldest multi-specialty medical group practice in Central Illinois, with clinic locations FOR MORE INFORMATION throughout Champaign County.


Murray Seed: Tradition Meets Technology By David Ballard

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce



ack Murray, a farmer from Champaign and the owner of Murray Seed, has plied his trade for more than 25 years, selling corn, soybeans, and wheat. But Murray isn’t only focused on his own bottom line. He also provides agronomic scouting services for other farmers, inspecting their crops and offering recommendations on fungicide and herbicide, as well as giving other suggestions to increase farmers’ profitability. With rapid and significant changes happening in the field, now more than ever farmers need expert guidance to keep up with advances in equipment and yield. That’s where Murray Seed comes in. With his own farming experience and as a liaison with agricultural research and service companies, Murray brings a wealth of knowledge to area farmers. Murray says that while agribusiness is shrinking in terms of the overall number of research companies serving farmers, the remaining research companies are getting bigger. “Right now it is basically Pioneer and Monsanto. Twenty-five years ago there were 200 companies. Now the predominant companies have multi-billion-dollar budgets.” Murray says he works with Pioneer, a DuPont company and one of the oldest in the business, because it has the largest germ plasm bank in the world and is the leader in coming up with genetic improvements. “It used to be that you increased yield a half bushel 10 years ago; now it is a bushel and a half a year,” Murray said. “I feel because of the population growth, we are going to have to maintain that level of yield growth to feed the world 20 years from now.” Also changing rapidly are the tools available to farmers. Technology is playing a growing role in increasing yields, and the profession is becoming increasingly sophisticated. One of Murray’s Seeds services is to provide computer mapping, giving farmers variety and hybrid recommendations for the next growing season according to soil types and the goals of the farmer. “GPS helps pinpoint different soils and fertility levels and helps us identify different hybrids and varieties, pinpointing the yield with yield monitors on the combine,” Murray said. “We can analyze what caused the yield differences throughout the field. None of that was possible 10 years ago.” Despite all these changes, Murray says his mission is simple: “Our main goal is just to help our customers and neighbors become more profitable than anyone else in the business. We are trying to help farmers make more money, which will help them become better farmers.”

Murray Seed




Getting Around in Champaign County




Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District

Illinois Terminal illinoisterminal

By Carol Cummings

Willard Airport



Bus and Passenger Van The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) operates approximately 100 buses, along with passenger vans that provide direct service and transportation for individuals with disabilities. As many as 59,000 rides each work day are provided, resulting in 10 million rides each year. Service is provided seven days a week, with many routes operating nearly 24 hours when the University of Illinois is in session.

Zipcar Whether because of cost, little use, limited parking, or environmental concern, sometimes it’s simply not practical to own a car — especially in an urban environment. Even so, there are still times when the freedom and convenience of personal transit makes it desirable to have a set of wheels at your disposal. Zipcar bridges the gap between cost and convenience. This revolutionary car-sharing service allows members to reserve and to access, via electronic key card (Zipcard), cars conveniently located around Champaign-Urbana — as well as in any other Zipcar city. Zipcars can be reserved for a couple of hours or up to four days, in advance or immediately. Drivers can pick up their reserved car at the designated spot, unlocking it with their Zipcard via a card reader on the windshield. When a trip is through, drivers simply return the Zipcar to the same reserved parking spot where they picked it up. A total of 12 cars are now available in the Champaign-Urbana program.

Illinois Terminal In addition to train service, transportation modes operating from Illinois Terminal include interstate bus operators Greyhound, Burlington Trailways, and Megabus; taxi operators; and MTD intracity bus service.

Willard Airport Travelers in central Illinois fly from Willard Airport and connect to hundreds of destinations around the world. Serving approximately 190,000 passengers each year, Willard Airport (CMI) offers daily direct service from American Airlines to Chicago and Dallas, as well as charter and business services.


ass transit is an important and growing concern in every community, and Champaign-Urbana is no exception.

Rail service is available in the community as well. Amtrak service departs northbound three times each day and southbound three times each day. The northbound destination is Chicago, while southbound trains go through Mattoon, Centralia, and Carbondale, Ill. The City of New Orleans route ultimately ends in New Orleans.






Local Businesses & Volunteers Score Big With ECI-SCORE

By Dana Mancuso


Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

hen small business owners have questions, they can go to the experts for advice. They can borrow from the experience of those who have been there and know their industry. The experts at SCORE® are dedicated volunteers who give their time and offer entrepreneurial expertise. Nationally, SCORE services were listed on Kiplinger’s list of “33 Fabulous Freebies in 2010.” And that fabulous service is available in Champaign County. The local chapter, ECI-SCORE, serves Champaign, Douglas, Ford,


and Vermilion counties and offers a variety of free and low-cost services for those just starting out. Sue Falender is the chairperson for ECI-SCORE. She explains that while the organization retains the moniker SCORE, the name that inspired the acronym (Service Corps of Retired Executives) has gone by the wayside, in favor of a new name that better reflects their expanded pool of experts. “We have opened up our volunteers to those currently in the workplace. Now we are Counselors to America’s Small Businesses.” Indeed, to continue this beneficial community partnership, SCORE always needs additional volunteers. Falender says that they are looking for “any business person who wants to give back to the community and help small business, because small businesses are the drivers of our economy.” Members come from many backgrounds. Some are retired, some semiretired, and some are still in the workforce full-time. Counselors must work to meet their mission to provide professional guidance and information to maximize the success of America’s existing and emerging small businesses. There are two ways to volunteer, by becoming a face-to-face counselor or by offering cybercounseling (computer-based advice). When choosing to take advantage of SCORE services, small business owners can have confidence that their information will remain private. “Volunteers sign an agreement that identifies that everything shared with a SCORE volunteer is confidential, and that they will not use their SCORE work to benefit from the interactions with the business owner.” SCORE services include workshops such as Starting a Small Business, Writing a Business Plan, and How to Finance a Small Business. Additionally, free one-to-one business counseling services led by members of ECI-SCORE are available. “The low-cost workshops are entry-level and give informational steps to help individuals consider their entrepreneurial concept and what is needed to do to move that concept forward,” Falender said. Face-to-face counseling helps those a bit further along in the process work out kinks and make better decisions, Falender explained. “Think about what you need to have when starting a business. You need bookkeeping, legal advice, insurance. Our volunteers can help with that information.” If you have business ownership or management experience and would like to learn more about helping out the next generation of entrepreneurs, contact ECI-SCORE. Falender notes that they particularly need volunteers in general small business, technology, retail, and marketing.



INFORMATION Procurement Technical Assistance Center

PTAC: Helping Local Businesses Earn Government Contracts By Amanda Knoles

“The most rewarding part of my job has been watching companies become confident working through the entire government contracting process. It can be intimidating, and many companies are reluctant to get involved at first, but as they gain confidence, the process gets easier for them. I enjoy watching that transformation occur, knowing I have helped make it happen.”

Testimonials • “Classes and counseling from PTAC helped me acquire Women Business Enterprise certification from the state and nationally.” – Daunielle Nassar, MGC Home & Garden Services, Monticello • “Through PTAC we stay up to date with the latest legislation and resources that affect our business.” – Lori Gold Patterson, OJC Technologies, Urbana • “Within the last eight years DETech has grown from a staff of eight to 20. The assistance provided by PTAC of Central Illinois has been invaluable.” – D&E Technical, Champaign


uthorized by Congress in 1985, the Procurement Technical Assistance Program was established to expand the number of businesses participating in the government marketplace. Administered by the Department of Defense and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the program provides matching funds through cooperative agreements with state and local governments and nonprofit organizations. The Central Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) office has three local sponsors: the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and the fiduciary host institution, The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. Available to any company based in Illinois, the program offers a wide variety of services at no charge, with nominal fees for workshops and special training topics. Program Manager Mary Turner works with new clients in one-on-one counseling sessions to determine what type of assistance they need and how much prior experience they have had with government contracting. “After the initial session, additional assistance is based on the needs of individual clients,” Turner explained. Webinars and workshops on government contracting basics, set-aside certifications, registrations, packaging standards, and proposal writing are a few of the training options available. Turner also coordinates networking events throughout the region. In just the last year the 10 PTAC centers throughout the state assisted Illinois companies in obtaining more than $1.3 billion in government contracts. Since January 2007, business clients in Champaign County have received more than $20 million in contracts. “In that same period my entire client base was awarded over $117 million in contracts,” Turner noted. “Add those numbers to the fact that assistance is basically free, and a clear picture is painted of the positive impact the PTAC program has on the Illinois economy.” Turner has been PTAC program manager in Champaign for six years.


Business Vignettes



Benjamin Lapid Photography



504 Buttercup Drive Savoy IL 61874 217-355-6258



Benjamin Lapid Photography By Amanda Knoles


Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

hotographing weddings is more than a job to Benjamin Lapid — it’s his passion. For the past three decades he has covered hundreds of weddings, traveling all over the United States and to destinations like India, Switzerland, Mexico, Jamaica, Germany, and Israel. Ten years ago Lapid moved to Champaign from Israel when his wife was recruited as a computer specialist for AMDOCS. For several years he worked part time for AMDOCS and pursued photography on the side. By 2007 he had enough clients to go full time with his photography business. Lapid was just a boy when the photography bug struck. “My parents were Holocaust survivors, and they both lost most of their families along with everything their families owned,” he explained. “I grew up without any photographs of those lost family members, which left a considerable void in me.” In the late ’70s, Lapid took his father to a photography exhibit that showed life in Poland between the two world wars. To their astonishment, one of the photographs they were viewing turned out to be Lapid’s


grandfather. “My father was stunned and stood trembling before the picture,” Lapid remembered. “He whispered to me, ‘This is my father.’ And immediately I saw the resemblance. My grandfather looked very much like me.” Lapid began photographing family events of friends and acquaintances in Israel and soon began to travel all over the world. He says that every wedding is a unique story. “I try to bond with the couple and the family in the days leading up to the wedding. It’s important for them to feel comfortable with me. I am very open with them, and as they loosen up and talk to me about their lives, it helps me to capture their essence.” “Still pictures that move people” is Lapid’s motto. “Documenting family stories has become my mission,” he said. “Every time I see a father walking his daughter down the aisle, it brings a tear to my eye.” When he’s not traveling on assignment as a photojournalist to far-flung locales like Ecuador, or photographing weddings across the United States, Lapid works with local businesses and nonprofit organizations like the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Bellies For Life, a group of belly dancers who raise money to help victims of breast cancer.

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Business Vignettes

Background Consulting Services By Amanda Knoles

“We have access to a network of agencies similar to ours across the country, and we can research individuals who have always lived locally or who have lived in several different regions of the United States,” Davis explained. “We also have the ability, to some extent, to research people who have lived in other countries.” An increasingly important segment of the business is personal background investigations. “Frequently research is needed to check on the history of someone who suddenly appears and is ‘too good to be true’ to our client or to someone the client wants to help protect,” Davis said. “We also receive requests to research someone who suddenly appears in the life of an older, medically or emotionally challenged family member who has considerable financial assets.” Davis served as commissioner for the Housing Authority of Champaign County for five years between 1993 and 1998. “Those five years taught me a great deal about agency operation, budgeting, interagency cooperative efforts, and that the most important decisions any organization makes are about the people they hire, retain, promote, and select as leaders,” he explained. “No organization, over the long term, can be better than the total of its people.”

Background Consulting Services

201 E. Sangamon Avenue, Suite 104 Rantoul IL 61866........... 217-892-2274




ith identity theft constantly in the news and fraudulent credentials increasingly being uncovered, the demand for extensive background checks is growing. Champaign County’s Background Consulting Services Inc. stands ready to meet that demand, providing assistance to employers and others in obtaining information they need to make well-informed decisions. “We are a licensed private detective agency with the authority to provide services (including any investigative actions) anywhere in the state of Illinois,” said Randell Davis, president. “We are authorized by law to take statements, gather evidence, prepare written reports, and testify at administrative hearings. Our employees have over 150 years of law enforcement experience, with many of those years being in investigative or administrative positions.” The firm networks with human resources professionals and with local police when crime victims need assistance. “Because our employees are former police investigators or administrators, we understand the processes involved and how to make the investigation more efficient and less stressful for our clients,” Davis noted. Background Consulting tailors investigative reports to meet specific needs, with a client list that includes educational and financial institutions, government agencies, law firms, real estate agents, insurance companies, retailers, manufacturers, agricultural employers, and small businesses. Pre-employment services include gathering and interpreting data on job applicants or employees and training employers on how to locate and interpret data on their own. Other services include researching corporations, businesses, or executive officers that are being considered for significant financial investments.


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FOR MORE Developmental Services Center


1304 W. Bradley Avenue Champaign IL 61821.............. 217-356-9176

Developmental Services Center


Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

he history of the Developmental Services Center (DSC) started with humble beginnings, but with unwavering passion the organization has seen tremendous growth. DSC’s past reaches back to 1960, when a devoted a group of citizens and an enthusiastic community wanted to offer people with disabilities an opportunity to become more involved in and contribute to their community. During that time, four separate programs with unique origins became a unified and comprehensive program of services, eventually becoming Developmental Services Center. Since 1972, DSC has been an integral part of the community, providing services and support for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Providing services throughout Champaign County, DSC offers support to


approximately 1,400 people on an annual basis. Services are provided through five program areas: Family Development, Case Management/Family Support, Developmental Training, Residential, and Employment. Through these program areas, DSC fulfills its mission: “To enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing services and supports which enable them to live, work, learn and participate in their communities.” The essence of DSC’s mission is to assist all people in achieving the highest level of independence, seamlessly woven into their communities. For some, independence may be acquiring a skill that will enable them to eat unassisted, while for others, it might include working, living, and successfully navigating the community. Each person exercises his or her choice, identifies personal goals, and is assisted in creating an individualized, person-centered approach.

By Janice McAteer

DSC was a leader in creating its Business Operations, which creates job opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Business Operations supports the Employment program, which has relationships with more than 40 local businesses and currently has over 50 adults with developmental disabilities working in community jobs. Now located on Clark Road in Champaign, DSC Business Operations assists local, state, national, and international companies by providing an array of services, which include, but are not limited to, packaging, rework, shrink-wrapping, shipping, and mail services, guaranteeing on-time, quality work. Contracts acquired by DSC provide job opportunities to more than 100 adults with developmental disabilities each day.

Business Vignettes

HL Precision Machining Inc.

HL Precision Machining Inc.

1302 Parkland Cour Champaign IL 61821 217-398-6881



By Carol Cummings


ore than 30 years ago, Don Harlan & Elmer Lash formed Harlan & Lash Machining Inc. to machine and fabricate parts for quality-minded customers. In 2006 the company, now known as HL Precision Machining Inc., was acquired by Steve Hillard. Hillard and his management team have developed HL Precision as a contract precision manufacturer of parts and assemblies for technology-based equipment, produced from a broad range of materials. The company currently supports more than 100 diverse customers throughout the United States. Principal industries served include aerospace, agribusiness, analytical instruments, energy, food and beverage, life sciences, medical diagnostics, microwave/radar, military, plastics, and scientific instruments. These companies demand very close tolerance quality and responsive customer service. HL Precision utilizes SolidWorks 3D and CAM software, which together provide cost-effective tool programming and enhanced machining services. The company’s orders are estimated, launched, and tracked via bar code from order thru manufacturing, processes, and shipment. Additionally, HL Precision’s system allows the company to be more than just another “job shop,” as it provides the ability to manage customer forecasts together with blanket production orders, multiple releases, or Kanban order fills. Utilizing the latest in machining, fabrication, welding, and quality inspection technology, HL Precision has built a superior reputation for quality work and customer service. In 2010, HL Precision Machining was named the Small Business of the Year by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.



Blue Waters to Offer Blazing Speeds for Research


By David Ballard

says there will be opportunities for companies like these and even for small local startups to use Blue Waters for research and development. The computer will also play an important role in education at all levels, from K–12 to undergraduate and graduate education. NCSA is already involved in projects to help high school teachers and their students gain experience with the techniques of computer modeling that are used by professional scientists. Blue Waters will provide an even greater resource for teachers and students. Further, NCSA has been readying researchers to use this exciting new resource. Barker says NCSA has, for the past three summers, offered graduate students programs to teach them how to get optimal use from supercomputers like Blue Waters in their research. Scientific inquiry is often changeable and complicated, given the multitude of interacting variables involved in equations and natural phenomena. Blue Waters will enable scientists to plug in complex equations to obtain results that cannot be tested or duplicated in a lab or through experiment. It’s an amazing and invaluable new tool in the arsenal of scientists, students, and companies across the country and the world.




ess than two years after breaking ground, the University of Illinois’ National Petascale Computing Facility was completed in the summer of 2010. The new facility will house the Blue Waters supercomputer, a joint effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, its National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), IBM, and the Great Lakes Consortium, supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Illinois. Set to go online in 2011, Blue Waters will be one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, capable at peak performance of performing quadrillions of calculations every second. That computational power is comparable to roughly 1 million state-of-the-art laptops. As perspective, in the mid-1980s, the NCSA’s first supercomputer equaled just one of today’s standard laptops. The new supercomputer will bring Champaign more than just bragging rights. A truly national asset, Blue Waters will be used by scientists and engineers across the country to improve their understanding of earthquakes, tornadoes, the spread of epidemics, the formation of galaxies, and other challenging topics. The project also offers great promise for the Champaign County community and economy. NCSA has added staff to work on Blue Waters, and the prestige of the project may help U of I attract more top-notch faculty and students. Commercially, many companies, including Caterpillar, Procter & Gamble, and Boeing work with NCSA, tapping into the center’s computing resources and its expertise in fields like data analysis and visualization. Trish Barker, senior public information specialist at NCSA,


Recreation & Tourism

The Illini

Tailgating Tradition By Carol Cummings

Tailgating Tips

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

Stalcup and tailgating veterans offer plenty of tips for those who’d like to get in on the action:


• It’s Illinois, so come prepared for all sorts of weather. Just be sure to wear lots of orange and blue! • Arrive early, giving yourself plenty of time to set up the grill. • Personal tailgating tents and awnings must be 10 feet x 10 feet or smaller and must fit within the boundary of one designated parking space. • Tailgating on sidewalks or walkways is prohibited, and personal golf carts are prohibited from tailgating areas. • No electrical power will be provided. • Tailgate in style and show your Illini spirit by ordering your tents and other supplies through the University of Illinois. • The University of Illinois takes great pride in the conduct of its studentathletes and fans. Please remember to display a high degree of respect and sportsmanship at all times. • Most of all, be sure to have lots of fun!

University of Illinois Athletics



Recreation & Tourism


very fall, the University of Illinois brings football fanatics out to cheer on the Fighting Illini, with home games turning the stands of Memorial Stadium into a sea of orange. But on home game days, the football festivities start even earlier than opening kickoff, as droves of U of I fans vie for the perfect parking spot to start the game-day festivities by tailgating. This hometown tradition brings Illini fans together as family, with a high level of social interaction that creates a fun, party-like atmosphere. “Ask anyone who tailgates and they will tell you by the end of the day they have people tailgating with them that they never even knew before today,” said Holly Stalcup, assistant director of event management with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Illinois. Tailgating is allowed in all U of I parking lots. Lots open to patrons on game days starting at 7 a.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. During night games, the lots close one hour after the completion of the game. Grilling is the most popular tailgating activity, plenty of good food smells abound in the parking lots on game day. There’s also plenty to see and do. Many people also play bags and throw the football around. Tech-savvy tailgaters often bring TVs so they can watch what’s going on with games around the country. A group outing can raise the level of tailgating fun even higher, and U of I has provisions in place for those who’d like to party in numbers. “Large groups can reserve tent space in the exclusive tent area on the east side of the Assembly Hall along Fourth Street by registering with our group ticket sales office,” Stalcup said. “Registered groups must purchase 100 tickets or more and order tents, food, and beverages through approved vendors.” For group information, call 217-244-0016.





Recreation & Tourism

From Athletics to Arts: Parks Facilities Offer Something for Everyone By Carol Cummings & Jay Nehrkorn



Champaign Park District

Savoy Recreation Center

Urbana Park District


he park districts in the communities of Champaign County provide a variety of venues and programs so that all residents have an opportunity to play, learn, and stay fit.

Champaign Park District

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce


Urbana Park District The Urbana Park District provides 22 parks comprising nearly 600 acres, including a fenced 10-acre dog park designed for people and their pups. Alongside community parks that provide natural areas and a broad spectrum of sporting venues, the district also has several special facilities that set it apart. One of the district’s most unique locations is the Chartres-style labyrinth at the corner of Church and Orchard streets in Crystal Lake Park. The labyrinth can be used for a contemplative walk or just enjoyed for its attractive design. Kathe Brinkmann of Urbana was one of many local residents who helped bring the labyrinth to the community. “The labyrinth is a walking meditation; it never fails to soothe me,” she said. “The surrounding gardens add to the

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The Champaign Park District features more than 60 parks totaling over 600 acres and provides more than 1,200 programs and special events each year. But quantity isn’t the district’s sole focus. Marketing and Development Director Laura Auteberry points out that it’s the variety of programs and venues offered that allows the district to impact the community as a whole. “Offering variety really ties to our mission,” Auteberry said. “We have a mission of providing quality parks and recreation to the residents of Champaign, and we do that by offering diversity in our parks and services so that there’s something for people of all ages, interests, and abilities.” Champaign’s parks offer traditional amenities such as sports facilities, picnic shelters, and playgrounds. as well as unique community gardens and artwork.

Families who enjoy outdoor activities will find places where they can walk, hike, fish, boat, or even ride a sled. Meanwhile, the Sholem Aquatic Center and Spalding Pool offer swimming lessons and water aerobics. Park District programs are as diverse as the facilities themselves. Sports programs include nine different sporting categories as well as multiple exercise and wellness programs. In addition, special programs and camps are also provided for preschoolers, teens, and senior adults. The Park District also has a cultural arts division that provides art programs and special performances. They maintain two historical facilities that serve as cultural highlights: the Virginia Theatre and the Springer Cultural Center. The Virginia Theatre has been a landmark in the Champaign business district for 90 years, and

the 1,525-seat theatre hosts both Park District theatre programs and civic events. Located in the heart of downtown Champaign, the Springer Cultural Center offers cultural, recreational, and educational programs as well as workshops, exhibits, and performances.

Recreation & Tourism swim is offered on weekdays, with open swim times daily. In addition to its many facilities, the Urbana Park District provides hundreds of programs, including sports leagues and leisure activities for preschoolers through senior adults.

Savoy Recreation Center Just south of Champaign in nearby Savoy, the Savoy Recreation Center provides facilities and recreational opportunities that promote healthy living and quality of life for everyone in the community. “Our primary focus at the Savoy Recreation Center is to provide a safe and healthy place to exercise, participate in sports, and for the children to play,” said Director Tiffany Despain. “Our goal is for our entire facility to help build a healthy community and for our residents to develop a stronger

sense of connection not only with each other, but with the entire Village of Savoy.” The center’s schedule includes open gym time and organized group fitness classes so that residents can take full advantage of the facility’s up-todate fitness equipment, volleyball and basketball courts, and elevated track. Programming includes a variety of children’s programs on topics ranging from art, to sports, to science, as well as a basketball league, art classes, and games for adults. The Savoy Recreation Center’s rooms are also available for private rental and birthday party packages — including dance packages, sports parties, Lego parties, preschool gym themes, and more — and can be booked to take the burden off the party planner.

peacefulness. I always leave feeling calm and with a sense of well being.” Another scenic location maintained by the Park District is the Wandell Sculpture Garden, which displays artwork along winding paths through Meadowbrook Park’s re-created tallgrass prairie. Works include pieces on loan from artists and those purchased by the district for the garden’s permanent collection. New pieces are added regularly to this free outdoor gallery. Located at 102 E. Michigan Street, the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center offers residents a yearround fitness opportunity through competitive swimming, water exercise programs, and leisurely family swims. The facility is shared by both the Urbana Park District and the Urbana School District, which uses it for PE, swim instruction, and swim meets. A morning and lunchtime lap


Recreation & Tourism

A Festival of Races: The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon


By Carol Cummings

he Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is more than just a race. It’s a citywide celebration of athleticism, culture, and community. During the race weekend, the cities of Urbana and Champaign breathe the livelihood of this event. Beginning with the Health Expo and Packet Pickup, the town buzzes with excitement. The event is truly an inspiring collaboration of local communities coming together to showcase its great area to phenomenal athletes. Seven races are included in the weekend activities: the Provena Illinois 5K, the Illinois 10K, the Illinois Alumni Association Marathon Relay, the Wheelchair Half Marathon, the Busey Illinois Youth Run, and the Christie Clinic Half Marathon and Marathon. In addition to the races, other events include a Health and Fitness

Expo, Pasta Feed, and the 27th Mile Celebrate Victory Bash, hosted by the Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon will enter its third year in 2011, and the 2011 race will be held April 29–30. New for 2011, the race will take place over two days. The 5K will be held in the evening on the 29th, and the Youth Run, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon will be held on the 30th. Though it’s a relatively young event, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon has already experienced a tremendous surge in popularity. “Each year, the number of participants keeps growing by leaps and bounds,” said Libby Kacich, marketing and sales director for the Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The first race had more than 9,000 runners from 48

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“The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is more than just a race. It’s a citywide celebration of athleticism, culture, and community.”

states. The 2010 race had around 15,000 runners. This year, the event is expected to draw anywhere from 15,000 to 18,000 runners, with upwards of 20,000 spectators. Thousands of volunteers also come together to make the event happen, too.” Champaign County offers a unique locale that most marathon events can’t match. The race environs are appealing, offering a glimpse of the variety of Champaign County, from rural fields, to urban appeal, to the campus scene of U of I. There are even entertainers — musicians, cheerleaders, and others — stationed along the course to provide fun and encouragement for runners. “The course is flat, fast, and scenic,” Kacich said. “Runners get to see nearly every aspect of our community, from the cornfields to the vibrant downtowns to the tree-lined streets of the historic residential neighborhoods. Seeing oneself cross the finish line on the 50 yard line on the Jumbotron at historic Memorial Stadium is unlike anything else.” The event seems to be just as popular with spectators as it is with participants. A runner herself and a Champaign-Urbana native, Kacich has been inspired by the support her fellow residents offer the racers. “Community members and fans come out in masses to cheer on the runners, which is pretty awesome,” Kacich said. “I’ve run both half-marathon races, and each time I’m blown away by the support we runners receive from complete strangers. Kids with homemade signs line the streets, cheering everyone on. Even local businesses create special events and offers for all of the unique visitors. It’s an event that really brings out the best everyone.” The economic impact of Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is also impressive. “As the numbers grow every year, so does the impact on our community,” Kacich said. “From the hotel rooms that are filled to the max, to the restaurants and stores visited, to the gas stations that provide the final fill-up on the way out of town — nearly everyone in Champaign County is affected by the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. The event has an indirect effect on everyone from garbage companies to entertainment staging groups, all of which are also considered when estimating impact. Taking into account the estimated increase in participants and spectators, the 2011 race’s estimated economic impact is over $8.8 million.”


Arts & Entertainment

Restaurant & Lodging Guide For Your Dining Pleasure

esquire lounge

Area code, unless otherwise noted, is 217.

106 N. Walnut Street, Champaign................ 398-5858

akitir of cu , inc

fat city bar

301 N. Neil St., Ste. 400, Champaign.......... 531-2212

505 S. Chestnut Street, Champaign............. 607-0614

alexander steakhouse

flat top grill

atlanta bread company

great harvest bread co .

1905 S. Neil Street, Champaign................... 356-8040

2149 S. Neil Street, Champaign................... 398-5623

bevier cafe / university of illinois

the great american at hilton garden inn

202 W. Anthony Drive, Champaign................ 359-1789

By Amanda Knoles

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce



ocated at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Assembly Hall is the largest Illinois arena outside of The United Center in Chicago, and it continues to present some of the most exciting performers and events in the world under its great white dome. Opening with much fanfare in March 1963, Assembly Hall ranks among the great arenas of major cities. It has nearly 16,000 permanent seats, but when portable chairs are placed on the floor for an in-the-round performance there is potential of up to 17,200 seats, depending on the size of the stage. Over the years Assembly Hall has hosted an impressive roster of performers, including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, U2, Frank Sinatra, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bill Cosby, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Hope, and “Sesame Street Live,” as well as many award-winning Broadway shows like Les Miserables and Cats. The Hall is also a popular venue for numerous community events. The WCIA Best of Broadway Series brings several popular musicals to Champaign County each year.

For More Information Assembly Hall

607 S. Sixth Street, Champaign................... 344-3200

260 Bevier Hall, Rm. 298 905 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana.................. 333-8469 

1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign................... 352-9970

biaggi ’ s ristorante italiano

156 Lincoln Square, Suite C, Urbana .......... 359-7377

2235 S. Neil Street, Champaign................... 356-4300

Assembly Hall’s Exciting Roster of Entertainment

& grill

guido ’ s

2 E. Main Street, Champaign....................... 359-3148

billy barooz pub

& grill

black dog smoke

& ale house

2521 Village Green Place, Champaign.......... 355-8030 201 N. Broadway Avenue, Urbana................. 344-9334

hickory river smokehouse

1706 N. Cunningham Avenue, Urbana.......... 337-1656 hideaway of the woods

809 S. Prairieview Road, Mahomet.............. 586-7722

boltini , inc .

211 N. Neil Street, Champaign.................... 378-8001 buffalo wild wings grill

the great impasta

& bar

5439 Bison Lane, Terre Haute...................... 356-9464 907 W. Market View Drive, Suite 5, Champaign............................................. 378-4400

hooters of champaign

1706 S. State Street, Champaign................. 355-7682 jim gould

1 E. Main Street, Champaign....................... 531-1177

buttitta ’ s ristorante italiano

1201 S. Neil Street, Champaign................... 355-8656 cameron ’ s catering , inc .

P.O. Box 1427, Champaign........................... 359-8661 chevys fresh mex restaurant

103 W. Marketview Drive, Champaign........... 355-7300 cocina real mexican restaurant

1106 West University Avenue, Urbana........... 328-0411 cowboy monkey

6 E. Taylor Street, Champaign...................... 398-2688 culver ’ s

903 W. Marketview Drive, Champaign........... 356-8132 2302 S. Neil Street, Champaign................... 352-1699 d . q . grill

& chill

3602 N. Mattis Avenue, Champaign............. 373-2412 dairy queen

911 W. University Avenue, Urbana................ 344-4108 701 N. Third Street, St. Joseph.................... 469-8078 destihl restaurant & brew works

301 N. Neil Street, Champaign ................... 356-0301  einstein bros . bagels

901 W. University Avenue, Urbana................ 344-7520  el toro bravo mexican restaurant

2561 W. Springfield Avenue, Champaign....... 351-7024 el toro ii

1805 S. Neil Street, Champaign................... 378-7807

jimmy john ’ s

43 E. Green Street, Champaign.................... 344-6200 1511 N. Prospect Avenue, Champaign.......... 359-6700 1811 W. Kirby Avenue, Champaign............... 369-9100 601B E. Green Street, Champaign................ 344-4443 807 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana.................... 328-3100 joe ’ s brewery

706 S. Fifth Street, Champaign.................... 384-1790 jt walker ’ s restaurant

& sports bar

401 E. Main Street, Mahomet...................... 586-1100 junior ’ s burgers

& cozy’s custard

1511 W. Springfield Avenue, Champaign....... 355-9020 jupiter ’ s at the crossing

2511 Village Green Place, Champaign.......... 366-8300 jupiter ’ s pizza

& billiards

39 E. Main Street, Champaign..................... 398-5988

Arts & entertainment kam ’ s

sun singer wine

kennedy ’ s at stone creek restaurant

t . g . i . friday ’ s

hanford inn

krannert center - intermezzo

tomato express ltd .

hawthorn suites ltd .


uncle jack ’ s family restaurant

hilton garden inn

marble slab creamery

za ’ s

holiday inn express

mcdonald ’ s

za ’ s on neil , inc .

618 E. Daniel Street, Champaign................. 337-3300 2560 Stone Creek Boulevard, Urbana.......... 384-8111 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana.................. 333-8412 116 N. Chestnut Street, Champaign............. 356-5862 1211 Savoy Plaza Lane, Savoy..................... 359-5950 1605 S. Neil Street, Champaign................... 359-4020

& spirits, ltd.

1115 W. Windsor Road, Champaign.............. 351-1115 100 Trade Centre Drive, Champaign............. 352-5595 313 N. Mattis Avenue, Champaign............... 351-1020 2501 Village Green Place, Champaign.......... 366-9222 2006 W. Springfield Avenue, Champaign....... 355-4990 1905 N. Neil Street, Champaign.................. 355-4990

hampton inn at u of i

1200 W. University Avenue, Urbana.............. 337-1100

& suites

2408 N. Cunningham Avenue, Urbana.......... 344-8000 101 Trade Centre Drive, Champaign............. 398-3400 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign................... 352-9970 I-57 & Route 36, 1201 Tuscola Boulevard, Tuscola.................................................. 253-6363 holiday inn hotel

& conference center

monical ’ s pizza

zelma ’ s

1001 Killarney Street, Urbana..................... 328-7900

montana mike ’ s

Be Our Guest

1417 S. Neil Street, Champaign................... 352-9960

103 W. Kirby Avenue, Champaign................. 356-4243 1601 N. Cunningham Avenue, Urbana murphy ’ s pub

604 E. Green Street, Champaign.................. 352-7275 noodles

& company

528 E. Green Street, Champaign.................. 367-2000 o ’ leary ’ s pub

3540 N. Vermilion Street, Danville............... 442-1485 old chicago pasta and pizza

1910 N. Neil Street, Champaign.................. 607-1489 olive garden italian restaurant

30 E. Anthony Drive, Champaign................... 351-6339 original pancake house

1909 W. Springfield Avenue, Champaign....... 352-8866 outback steakhouse

2402 N. Prospect Avenue, Champaign.......... 398-3322 panera bread

1903 Convenience Place, Champaign........... 239-5000 1765 W. Kirby Avenue, Champaign............... 355-9885 papa del ’ s pizza

206 E. Green Street, Champaign.................. 359-7700 pia ’ s sports bar

& grill

1609 W. Springfield Ave., Champaign........... 351-1993

1103 W. Windsor Road, Champaign.............. 359-1994 Area code, unless otherwise noted, is 217. baymont inn

& suites

homewood suites by hilton

i hotel and conference center

1900 S. First Street, Champaign.................. 819-5000

302 W. Anthony Drive, Champaign................ 356-8900 1006 Southline Road, Tuscola..................... 253-3500

la quinta inn

candlewood suites

789 County Road 3300 N., Dewey............... 897-1775

1917 Moreland Boulevard, Champaign........ 398-1000 comfort suites

2001 N. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana.................. 328-3500 country inn

& suites

602 W. Marketview Drive, Champaign........... 355-6666 courtyard by marriott

1811 Moreland Boulevard, Champaign........ 355-0411 days inn

1019 Bloomington Road, Champaign........... 356-6873 drury inn

905 W. Anthony Drive, Champaign................ 398-0030 eastland suites hotel and conference center

1907 N. Cunningham Avenue, Urbana.......... 367-8331 econo lodge inn and suites

914 W. Bloomington Road, Champaign......... 356-6000 fairfield inn

1807 Moreland Boulevard, Champaign........ 355-0604

1900 Center Drive, Champaign.................... 356-4000 linda ’ s oak meadows bed

& breakfast resort

microtel inn

1615 Rion Drive, Champaign....................... 398-4136 motel 6

1906 N. Cunningham Avenue, Urbana.......... 344-1085 quality inn

& suites

305 Marketview Drive, Champaign............... 352-4055 red roof inns

212 W. Anthony Drive, Champaign................ 352-0101 sleep inn

1908 N. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana.................. 367-6000 sylvia ’ s irish inn

312 W. Green Street, Urbana....................... 384-4800 value place

1212 W. Anthony Drive, Champaign.............. 359-5499 wingate hotel

516 W. Marketview Drive, Champaign........... 355-5566

piato cafe

300 S. Broadway, Suite FC2, Urbana............ 344-9015 red lobster

1901 N. Prospect Avenue, Champaign.......... 355-2577 roma ralph ’ s pizza

200 E. Cedar Street, LeRoy................... 309-962-7073 sandella ’ s flat bread cafe

700 S. Gregory Street, Suite D, Urbana......... 365-0401 seasons restaurant

1001 Killarney Street, Urbana..................... 328-7900 32 E. Chester Street, Champaign................. 351-7775 silver mine subs

612 E. Daniel Street, Champaign................. 328-5000 smoothie king

1912A Round Barn Road, Champaign........... 351-0800

the seven saints


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Arts Krannert Center for the Performing Arts — Page 22 500 S. Goodwin Avenue Urbana, IL 61801 217-333-6700

The nation’s premier university-based performing arts facility providing an environment for high-impact encounters between art, ideas, and society, where student artists prepare for their professional work and professional artists perform, teach, and enter the fabric of community life.

Attorney Dodd Ludwig Maatuka LLC — Page 9

303 South Mattis Avenue, Ste. 201 Champaign, IL 61821 217-356-9500 fax 217-355-1358

Meyer Capel, A Professional Corporation — Page 33 306 West Church Street Champaign, IL 61820 217-352-1800 fax 217-352-1083

Meyer Capel believes strongly in developing expertise and teamwork. Each attorney concentrates in one or more areas of legal practice and is dedicated to providing the highest caliber of legal services.

Singleton Law Firm — Page 24 2001 South First Street, Suite 209 Champaign, IL 61820 217-352-3900 fax 217-352-4900

Singleton Law Firm is dedicated to serving the legal needs of business and individual clients with an emphasis in the areas of corporate, intellectual property, and commercial real estate law.

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Webber & Thies PC — Page 7


202 Lincoln Square Urbana, IL 61801 217-367-1126 fax 217-367-3752

• Transactional Business Law • Estate Planning & Probate • Environmental Law • Real Estate Law • Employment Law • Litigation

Automotive - Dealership/Repair Shelby Motors, Inc — Page 5

1906 Moreland Boulevard Champaign, IL 61822 217-352-4273 fax 217-352-4536

Serving the community since 1942, the area’s Chrylser, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram dealer, providing all service and warranty work, full line of Mopar parts, and preowned vehicles.

Award Engraving/ Plaque and Trophy TrophyTime, Inc — Page 7 223 South Locust Champaign, IL 61820 800-747-7958 fax 217-351-3109

Communications Midwest Communications Group, Inc — Page 33

1910 Federal Drive, Suite 111 Urbana, IL 61801 217-344-5678 fax 312-577-0960

Telecom services and management for small to medium businesses in Illinois and Indiana. Local POTS/PRI, Long Distance Switched/Dedicated/Toll Free, LAN/WAN, Internet T1-OC3, Wireless Internet, Wireless Cellular/ walkie-talkie/data/GPS.

Construction/Contractors Kurland Steel Co. — Page 7 510 East Main Street Urbana, IL 61802 217-367-2323 fax 217-328-6758

Suppliers of all of your steel needs: carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, cold rolled steel. Fabricators of structural steel and steel building products.

Education Champaign Community Unit School District #4 — Page 13

703 South New Street Champaign, IL 61820 217-351-3800 fax 217-351-7386

Champaign Unit 4 schools provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in advanced academics, in the fine arts, and in extracurricular activities. Contact the Community Relations Office at 351-3822 for more information.

Greenville College — Page 40 315 East College Avenue Greenville, IL 62246 800-345-4440

Greenville College empowers students for lives of character and service through a transforming Christ-centered education. Greenville College is authorized to operate by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

University Primary School — Page 10 95 Children’s Research Ctr. Champaign, IL 61820 217-333-3996

UPS is a Reggio Emilia-inspired lab school where children of diverse talents and abilities are nurtured as active learners engaged in creative, challenging, and worthy curricular inquiries which incorporate the Project Approach.

Engineering Geocon Engineering, Inc — Page 10

3000 Research Road, Suite 1 Champaign, IL 61822 217-403-9990 fax 217-403-1559

GEOCON is a consulting engineering firm specializing in Environmental, Geotechnical, and Construction Testing Services. With offices in Champaign, Crescent City, and Frankfort, Illinois. GEOCON offers clients over 100 years of consulting engineering experience.

Sodemann and Associates, Inc. — Page 15 340 North Neil Street Champaign, IL 61820 217-352-7688 fax 217-352-7922

Full-service consulting civil engineering firm founded in 1955. Providing site engineering and surveying work, street design and maintenance, storm drainage studies, design and construction of water and wastewater systems, infrastructure management, structural engineering, as well as grant and loan management.

Engineers, Surveyors, & Planners Berns, Clancy & Associates, PC — Page 15

Midland States Bank of Champaign — Page 35 1608 Broadmoor Drive Champaign, IL 61821 217-398-3800 fax 217-398-1661

Midland States Bank offers full-service banking to retail/ business clients including deposit accounts, home mortgages, personal/commercial loans, and Treasury Management solutions. Complete investment services are provided through our trust company.

Graphics Dean’s Graphics — Page 13

405 East Main Street Urbana, IL 61802 217-384-1144 fax 217-384-3355

3103 Research Road Champaign, IL 61822 217-363-1390 fax 217-363-3058

Whether your needs call for engineering design or construction administration, site surveying or planning assistance for a commercial/industrial development, residential or recreation project, our able staff stands ready to assist you.

Providing the highest quality large-format color graphics in the industry. Including vinyl banners, tradeshow displays, mounting, laminating, color copies, and full-color vehicle wraps. Visit to view expertly installed graphics for a wide range of applications.

Financial Institutions Busey Bank — Page 34 201 W. Main St. Urbana, IL 61801 217-365-4837 fax 217-365-4592

With Banking Centers & ATMs conveniently located, Busey Bank’s goal is to help you balance how you live with how you bank! Member FDIC. Busey Wealth Management 100 W. University Ave.   Champaign, IL 61820 217-365-4800

Whether you need retirement solutions, estate planning services, or investment management, remember that clients have been entrusting our professionals for more than 85 years.

Commerce Bank — Page 31 1015 W. Windsor Rd. Champaign, IL 61821 217-359-9790

Through Commerce Bank’s super-community strategy, Commerce delivers sophisticated, competitive products with high levels of personal service. Commerce Bank provides a diversified line of financial solutions to individuals and businesses in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois. Solutions include business and personal banking, trust and brokerage, cash management, international banking, and capital market services.

First Bank Of Savoy — Page 26 1251 Woodfield Drive Savoy, IL 61874 217-351-3526 fax 217-351-3527

First Bank is committed to providing a personal banking relationship with our customers. Allow us to help as your financial needs change and grow. Located in Savoy, Champaign, and Rantoul.

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust — Page 27 229 S. Neil Champaign, IL 61820 217-359-9837

First Mid has four banking centers in Champaign County, each with a drive-up ATM for 24-hour service. Access our Toll Free Telephone Banking at 800-500-6085

Hickory Point Bank & Trust — Page 11 701 Devonshire Drive Champaign, IL 61820 217-351-7100 fax 217-351-7818

Hickory Point Bank & Trust is a full-service financial institution that distinguishes itself by providing exceptional service and expertise in a personal banking environment.

Marine Bank — Page 40 2434 Village Green Place Champaign, IL 61822 217-239-0100

Helping businesses, home owners, and families achieve their goals with personalized, full-service financial solutions. Drive-up open seven days a week to serve you.

Health Care Carle — Page 18

102 East Main, Suite 501 Urbana, IL 61801 217-383-8352 fax 217-255-4558

With more than 300 physicians in 50 medical and surgical specialties, Carle’s network of regional clinics provides comprehensive care to patients throughout central Illinois and western Indiana.

Christie Clinic — Page 17 101 W. University Ave. Champaign, IL 61820 217-366-1200

Christie Clinic has provided health care to the residents of central Illinois for 80 years with locations in Champaign, Danville, Mahomet, Rantoul, Tuscola, and Urbana. For more information about Christie Clinic visit

Heartland — Page 33

309 East Springfield Avenue Champaign, IL 61820 217-352-5135 fax 217-352-9139

Providing 24-hour nursing care as well as physical, occupational, and speech therapy service to a broad spectrum of patients. In addition to our skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, we offer therapeutic recreation and social activities.

Provena Covenant Medical Center — Page Inside Front Cover 1400 West Park Street Urbana, IL 61801 217-337-2000

Provena Covenant Medical Center is a 210-bed comprehensive hospital committed to building communities of healing and hope in the Central Illinois region.

Home Health Care Alpha-Care Health Professionals — Page 3

115 North Neil Street, Suite 106 Champaign, IL 61820 217-398-4100 fax 217-398-4175

Alpha-Care Health Professionals specialize in skilled and unskilled home care services. We provide CNAs for daily assisted living as well as RNs and LPNs for in-home nursing care.

Hotels/Motels/Bed-&-Breakfasts Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center — Page 1

1907 North Cunningham Ave. Urbana, IL 61802 217-367-8331 fax 217-384-3370

Convenient location and great service! Enjoy daily breakfast, wireless Internet access, area shuttle service, and indoor heated pool! Weekly and monthly rates available.

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101 Trade Centre Drive Champaign, IL 61820 217-398-3400

• Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet • Complimentary High-Speed Internet • Full Cable TV and Pay-Per-View Movies • Indoor Pool and Hot Tub • Meeting Facilities - 11 Rooms, Food and Beverage Catering Available

Hilton Garden Inn / Homewood Suites — Page Inside Back Cover 1501 South Neil Street Champaign, IL 61820 217-352-9970 fax 217-398-5763 Homewood Suites by Hilton 1417 South Neil Street Champaign, IL 61820 217-352-9960

Welcome to the Premier Hotels in Champaign County The Hilton Garden Inn & The Homewood Suites by Hilton, both opened in November of 2006.

Meeting/Conference Center Levis Faculty Center — Page 9 919 West illinois Street Urbana, IL 61801 217-333-6241 fax 217-244-9367

The Levis Faculty Center provides space and an environment conducive for university, business, and community groups to meet for educational and social purposes.

NonProfit Champaign County Humane Society — Page 7

1911 East Main Street Urbana, IL 61802 217-344-7297 fax 217-344-7299

Providing shelter and care to companion animals in need. Adopt your next pet from CCHS.

Office Supply & Furniture Rogards Office Plus — Page 7

Housing/Apartments Country Fair Apartments — Page 32 2106 West White Street Champaign, IL 61821 217-359-3713 fax 217-359-4293

One and two bedroom apartments; FREE heat; FREE hot and cold water; FREE 80+ digital cable channels; FREE high-speed Internet; FREE parking; pool, tennis court, playground; on 4 MTD bus routes.

Parkview Senior Apartment Homes — Page 11 100 Parkview Lanes Savoy, IL 61874 217-352-3938 fax 217-352-4441

Senior living at its best! One and two bedroom units from $451–$915 with most utilities included. Call us at 217352-3938 to find out about our great senior community.

Insurance GeneralRisk Advisors, Inc. — Page 6 1605 S State St., Suite 104 Champaign, IL 61820 217-355-0033 fax 217-355-0044

We provide employee benefit plans for groups of all sizes as well as individual life and health insurance products.

Health Alliance Medical Plans — Page 9 301 South Vine Urbana, IL 61801 800-851-3379

Health Alliance offers health insurance products, including HMO, PPO, POS, and even high-deductible health plans that are compatible with HSAs and HRAs. Health Alliance also offers Third Party Administrative services.

Snyder Insurance — Page 17 2500 Village Green Place Champaign, IL 61822 217-531-8000 fax 217-351-7654

Snyder Insurance is an independent insurance agency based in Central Illinois. We specialize in providing comprehensive and competitively priced insurance for business clients, as well as personal insurance for auto, home, life, and health.

Laundry/Dry Cleaning Country Squire Cleaners — Page 25

1805 West Springfield Avenue Champaign, IL 61821 217-356-9422 fax 217-356-9422

Same day laundry & dry cleaning service.

214 South Walnut Street Champaign, IL 61820 217-359-1795 fax 217-356-1050

• Expert customer service • Fast/free delivery • No-hassle return policy • Emergency same-day delivery within 10-mile radius • We buy direct from manufacturer to save customer money • Convenient Internet ordering

Personnel Consultants Three Degrees of Change — Page 3

P.O. Box 531 Mahomet, IL 61853 217-714-3698

Three Degrees of Change provides Human Resources consulting and contracted services, professional coaching and management training, helping companies reduce employee turnover, maximize employee performance, and improve customer satisfaction.

Physicians/Surgeons Cosmetic Plastic Surgery — Page 5

1804 Woodfield Drive Savoy, IL 61874 217-359-7508

Printing Dean’s Blueprint — Page 13

404 E. University Ave. Champaign, IL 61820 217-359-3261 fax 217-359-1515

Dean’s Blueprint, family-owned since 1964, offers superior document reproduction giving clients an edge in the fast-paced construction industry. Visit our online Plan Room at

Premier Print Group — Page 24 2602 North Mattis Avenue Champaign, IL 61822 217-359-2219 fax 217-359-2296

Premier Print Group is a full-service, high-quality printer for your marketing and promotional materials. From design to print to mailing, we will make your print literature look outstanding.

Real Estate The Atkins Group — Pages 20–21 2805 South Boulder Drive Urbana, IL 61802 217-367-2121 fax 217-367-1616

There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach when it comes to development, and we understand that. The Atkins Group is proud to provide one-on-one service to its clients. We ask you the right questions, so we can establish design and construction parameters to fit your specific needs.

Prudential Snyder Real Estate — Page 28

Starr Limousine — Page 10

Prudential Snyder Real Estate is recognized as one of the leading real estate agencies in Central Illinois. By providing local market expertise, we offer “Service Beyond Expectations!”

Starr Limousine can provide transportation for any occasion. We offer any type of service you need. We rent by the hour and can accommodate groups up to 65 people.

2500 Village Green Place Champaign, IL 61822 217-351-SOLD

309 South Locust Champaign, IL 61820 217-356-9999


Recreation Urbana Park District — Page 32 505 W. Stoughton Urbana, IL 61801 217-367-1544

Urbana’s was the first park district in Champaign County. Our neighborhood and community parks and recreation facilities offer a variety of indoor and outdoor options for all ages.

Rental Service

Illinois American Water — Page 25 201 Devonshire Drive Champaign, IL 61820 217-352-7001 fax 217-352-7008

Illinois American Water provides reliable, quality water and/or waste-water service to approximately 293,000 customers or more than 1 million people in 125 Illinois communities. We have been providing service in Illinois for over 100 years.

Rental City — Page 19

2508 North Mattis Avenue Champaign, IL 61822 217-359-6127 fax 217-359-6180

Restaurants Buffalo Wild Wings — Page 23 907 West Marketview Drive Champaign, IL 61820 217-378-4400

• 45¢ traditional wings on Tuesday • 60¢ boneless wings on Thursday • $1.99 kids meals on Sunday (dine in only) • NFL Package • NHL Package • NCAA College Gameday Package • NTN Trivia

Retail - Food Supervalu, Inc. — Page 30

2611 North Lincoln Avenue Urbana, IL 61801 217-384-2800 fax 217-384-2845

Vision The Eye Center — Page 15 403 Windsor Road Champaign, IL 61820 217-352-2020 fax 217-398-4040

“Where Your Eyes Are the Center of Our Attention” • Eye Exams, Glasses, Contacts • Laser Surgery - PRK, LASIK, LASEK • Diabetic and Glaucoma Treatment • No-Shot, No-Stitch Cataract Surgery • Retinal Evaluation and Treatment

Youth Organizations & Centers Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club — Page 7

201 East Park St. Champaign, IL 61820 217-355-KIDS (5437) fax 217-398-3343

Youth development agency promoting social, educational, and personal development. Primary focus is to create opportunities to guide youth as they mature into independent, successful citizens through programs that help to develop high personal standards and goals.

Telecommunications Communications Data Group Inc — Page 5 102 South Duncan Road Champaign, IL 61822 888-234-4443 fax 217-351-6994

CDG provides smart data solutions: Carrier Access Billing, Telecommunications Billing, workflow management and third-party financial, mapping and facilities management tools, business consulting and hosted back-up services.

Towing Services Reynolds Towing Service, Inc. — Page 19

1417 West Kenyon Road Urbana, IL 61801 217-337-0913 fax 217-352-9277

Reynolds Towing serves the community 365 days a year, utilizing the latest in towing technology and equipment. We pride ourselves on prompt, courteous service and customer satisfaction.

Transportation Champaign / Urbana Mass Transit District — Page 19 1101 East University Avenue Urbana, IL 61802 217-384-8188 fax 217-384-8215

The MTD provides public transit service to Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, and the UI. Operating nearly 24/7 when the UI’s in session, rides are $1 and annual passes only $60.

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham — Page 3


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Champaign County, IL 2011 CommunityLink  

Champaign County, IL 2011 CommunityLink

Champaign County, IL 2011 CommunityLink  

Champaign County, IL 2011 CommunityLink


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