Recycle your Electronics!

electronics recycle

View the list below of acceptable electronic items to recycle.  There is a limit of 10 items per household.

Computer components:

- Computers, printers, copiers, monitors*, keyboards, speakers, mice, cables, PDAs

- Software, CDROM/floppy disks, UPS, tablet computers

- Computer parts including but not limited to: circuit boards, hard drives, optical drives, power supplies, ribbon cables, RAM

- Networking equipment, hubs, switches, routers, cables, modems, scanners

- Ink cartridges


- Televisions*, VCRs, Radios, stereo equipment, tape recorders, record players, remote controls, MP3 players, compact disc players,


- Electronic toys, amplifiers, electronic keyboards

- Hand-held gaming devices, game consoles, Walkmans, sewing machines

- Digital cameras, camcorders

Communication Devices and Other Office Electronics:

- Cash registers, typewriters, adding machines, calculators

- Copiers, duplicators, voice recorders

- Label makers

- Portable power banks and coin counters

- Telephones, PBX systems, answering machines, fax machines,

- CB radios, ham radios, cell phones, pagers, Black Berry/ Palm Units, GPS units, Bluetooth serial port adapter

- Rechargeable batteries, battery chargers and adapters, surge strips

- Video recorders, video monitors, security systems, walkie-talkies

Miscellaneous: - cables/cords/wire

* not accepted: broken glass cathode-ray-tube televisions or broken glass cathode-ray-tube monitors – not accepted:

For a complete listing of items not accepted, please visit the Champaign County RRR webpage at

New Wedge location is now open!



Wedge Tequila Bar and Grill, which already has a location in downtown Champaign, has just opened a second location at Village at the Crossing in the old Cabo’s spot.  Not your normal Mexican food fare!  Wedge offers great ambience, over 100 different types of tequilas, fantastic food and outdoor seating in the warmer months!  Since out Keller Williams office is just steps away from this new location, I forsee many team lunches there in the future :)


Sun-Tues: 11am – 11pm   |   Wed-Sat: 11am – 2am


 415 North Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820   |   217  398  2869


2411 Village Green Crossing, Champaign, IL 6182 2  |   217  355 3855



Looking for something fun to do with the family this Christmas Season?

reindeer ranch

Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul is always a local favorite this time of year!  Just a $4 fee to get up close and personal with the reindeer.  The staff lets visitors pet and feed them while they provide a brief history about reindeer and answers any questions.  A lot of fun for the little ones! 

Hardy’s also has a very cozy gift shop….a great place to stop in from the cold. You can sit around a potbelly stove sipping hot cocoa that’s for sale and browse through the lodge and gift shop.

You can finish up your day at their Christmas tree farm. They have a pre-cut selection or you can cut your own if you prefer.

Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch: 1356 County Rd. 2900 N. – Rantoul, IL

Christmas Hours

November 22nd through December 23rd: 10 am – 7 pm daily

Christmas Eve: 10 am – 2 pm ( Closed Christmas Day )  

After Christmas hours: 10 am – 5 pm daily.   Our Last Day: December 28th

5 Nights of Hitch at The Virginia

Five Nights of Hitch

It is Halloween and the perfect time for some Alfred Hitchcock thrillers. And the setting for this weeklong Hitchcock film series is the lovely restored Virginia Theatre in the heart of downtown Champaign.

Tickets for the Hitchcock series can be purchased online or at the door and they are only $5. Shows are at 7p and 10p every night this week through Halloween.

Sunday in Champaign Urbana

Champaign Urbana Real Estate Open house

1908 McDonald in Champaign will be open this Sunday from 2-4 pm

One good way to see your way around Champaign Urbana and experience the neighborhoods is to visit some real estate open houses. They are free and they give you a way to get some ideas of what is available in the Champaign County real estate scene. Walking through homes for sale in Champaign Urbana is also a way to get some remodeling and decorating ideas for your own home.

You can get a listing of real estate open houses this weekend by looking at the News Gazette website or the Sunday print paper.

Here are two open houses of note this weekend:

902 West Church, Champaign

Champaign real estate open house

This lovely and stately home at 902 West Church, Champaign will be open this Sunday, 2-4p.

1908 West McDonald, Champaign


Dragon Fire Pizza

Champaign Food Truck

Dave and Christy Saam are the owners of this new food truck soon to hit Champaign Urbana called “Dragon Fire Pizza”- photo from the News Gazette

We have yet another food truck rolling onto the streets of Champaign Urbana–and may their tribe increase! A new custom built 20 ft trailer will serve up wood-fired pizza under the name “Dragon Fire Pizza“. Plans are for it to be out there pleasing our pizza loving taste buds by Veterans Day, 2014.

The pizza will be Neapolitan style and will feature a range of meat, veggie, spicy, and build your own options.


Dancing Dog- New Vegan Option in Urbana

vegan in urbana

The new Dancing Dog in Urbana is set to open October 20 with vegan entrees. From the News Gazette

The Dancing Dog Eatery and Juicery is getting set to open in downtown Urbana. The open date is set for October 20, and this will be the first all-vegan eatery in the area. The address is 126 West Main, Urbana–downtown Urbana just keeps adding new options!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be offered Monday though Saturday and then brunch on Sunday. Some of the dishes on the menu are black bean burgers, eggplant parmesan lasagna, and hummus plate. Add in some crepes, super salads, and cupcakes and you have some great vegan eating.

Drinks will include coffee from Columbia Street Roastery as well as teas, soda, beer and wine…all organic.




Uncorked at Krannert Tonight

Krannert Uncorked

The James Jones trio kicks of Krannert Uncorked tonight at 5p at KCPA on the U of I campus.

The Thursday after work event at KCPA is back for another season and it get rolling tonight at Krannert on the University of Illinois campus. The Uncorked at Krannert show (and drinks) start at 5p in the spacious lobby and its free. The series extends through the school year each Thursday afternoon.

Tonights kickoff group is The James Jones Trio is traditional blues band from nearby Danville. James Jones will whail away as you sip wine after work–don’t miss it!


2nd Annual Grease Sing Along

courage connection fundraiser

Grease is the feature at the second annual sing along fundraiser for Courage Connection.

Fundraiser for Courage Connection

It was a huge success last year–raised lots of money and was fun. Now it is back for the second annual and lets hope it goes on year after year. In just 10 days the storied confines of the historic Virginia Theatre  in downtown Champaign will be echoing with the much loved music of Grease.

Here are the details: Tickets can be purchased at the Virginia site or at . The event is October 11 at 7:30 with VIP party at 6p.


Fighting Illini Football Lightning Delay

It was a first ever for Memorial Stadium at the U of I–a lightning delay. There were few fireworks on the field, just a few from the corners as the Illini scored, but lots of lightning in the skies. As the tailgaters gathered into Memorial Stadium, a few clouds formed in the west–a harbinger of a long afternoon–and evening!

NCAA regulations require that when lightening occurs within 6 miles there must be a delay of 30 minutes. University of  Illinois regulations set it at 8 miles, so for almost 2 hours the Texas State game was delayed. Here are some photos from our cub reporter:

University of Illinois

The game started with a TD for Illinois on the first play from scrimmage.

Texas State vs Illinois

Then a few clouds gathered and the fans expected a bit of rain as forecasted. Lets hope the Illinois Nebraska game can go on without rain–our Illini need to be able to pass the ball in order to have a chance!

Texas State vs Illinois

Quickly, clouds formed, sprinkles dropped and lightning was heard in the west.

Tailgating parking

The stadium was emptied, the clock was frozen in the second quarter and 1000s of fans stood under the east and west stands.

Tim Beckman at Illinois

The new south scoreboard at Memorial Stadium made it clear–you must leave the stands. and take cover.

U of I

University of Illinois police and other law enforcement people made sure all was clear before the crowd was allowed to return to Memorial Stadium.

This weekend Illinois plays Nebraska in Lincoln and rain is forecasted–lets hope no lightning!