U of Flash Index for May, 2014

UI Flash Index
The May U of I Flash Index was published in the News Gazette this morning…and the news is good!

The U of I Flash Index for May is up a bit fron April, and that means good news for the Champaign Urbana area economy. In April the figure descended to 106, falling for the fourth month in a row. Still any number above 100 is considered a positive economic situation for Champaign County. The figure for May is 106.2.

The UI Flash Index is published by the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Publiuc Affairs and is a weighted average of important economic factors. The index has been on the rise for many months but decreased steadily since January of this year.

This economic stat is important for the Champaign Urbana real estate market because the price of homes and the CU real estate tempo in general is closely related to the factors that go into this index.

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Illiniois Marathon Today

Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon route
Watch for these signs to alert you to Illinois Marathon runners today.

Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

Today is the day as 21,000 runners take to the streets of Champaign Urbana for the running of one our area’s biggest events. Tons of info is available on the race website and you can even watch updates on local TV WCIA. it is called “The Extra Mile“.

If you are new to race day here are some pointers:

  • If you want to watch downtown Champaign is a good spot or just go to Memorial Stadium on the U of I campus
  • Watch out in traffic and relax. Look for a Illinois Marathon map and avoid those areas
  • Make a note to volunteer next year. The marathon site has an interactive map so you can volunteer in or near your neighborhood.

Illinois Marathon Results

There are two sites for race results. One is at the race site and the other is Illinois Marathon specific.

Have a great race day and enjoy the run!

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New Micro-Urban Video

Envisioning Our Micro-Urban Future

Champaign Urbana is "micro-urban" and we have a vision!
Champaign Urbana is “micro-urban” and we have a vision!

Yesterday at Busey Bank’s annual seminar, Phyllis Wise introduced this crisp new video on the vision for Champaign Urbana. Coming on the heels of the micro-urban video that introduced the concept, this one is more concrete and describes many of the plans and ideas that we will see take shape here in the years to come.

The New Micro-Urban Video

So here it is –from the people at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts:

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Boneyard Arts Festival Opens Today

Boneyard Arts Fextival 2014

It all gets rolling at a host of area venues (over 100 of them)–even in the small towns around CU.  Some of the venues are even empty buildings that get fitted out with art for the public to enjoy.

Best way to get connected to the show is on the 40 North site. This is their show and their info is the most complete.

Boneyard’s Best

Melissa Merli put together her list of some hightlights in her News Gazette article. They include:

  • The empty building sites like Kirby Tires, Central Illinois offices, and the Lincoln Building Artists Studios
  • Nina Paley’s quilt displays at Amara Yoga and Art in Lincoln Square
  • The ou and about venue at the Fisher Community Center–yes Fisher!
The Boneyard Arts Festival opens today all over Champaign Urbana brought to us by 40 North.
The Boneyard Arts Festival opens today all over Champaign Urbana brought to us by 40 North.


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Voting Places in Champaign County

Gordy Hulten has his crew buzzing in preparation for the elections March 18 in Champaign Urbana
Gordy Hulten has his crew buzzing in preparation for the elections March 18 in Champaign Urbana

How to Register to Vote in Champaign County

First you need to be sure you are registered to vote–too late for this one but get registered now for the next election.

You can register to vote easily using kiosks around the area, and then just be sure to be aware of the issues and when voting day is.

Where to Vote in Champaign Urbana

The website for the Champaign County Clerk’s office has an interactive page that makes it easy to find your polling place in Champaign County. The list of polling places is linked to the map and you can get the info you need for times etc there as well.

Tuesday, March 18 is the day to vote

You see all kinds of signs around the are now–and debates are winding down. You can vote early in CU at a half dozen places in the area through March 15. But after Saturday you need to find your local spot and get there between 6a and 7p on Tuesday, March 18.

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Curbanas in Urbana

The News Gazette front page March 11, 2014.
The News Gazette front page March 11, 2014.

First of all, let me say that we usually see groaner puns like this only on the sports page of The News Gazzette. But this morning this is what woke us up as we sipped coffee.

These new little “curb cafes” or “parklets” are coming to Urbana and perhaps downtown Champaign. Both downtowns- especially the Champaign side with the impending opening of the new Champaign Hyatt Place–are pulsing with life these days. The new on street dining spots will be occupying parking spots during summer months and they will expand the space for outside dining on both sides of –and perhaps ON Wright street.

Urbana city arborist Mike Brunk is credited with coming up with the term “Curbana”. Wait…is he also the one who coined the “Champaign-Nirvnana” moniker?

Anyway these little platforms will be right on the street and will change the scene greatly. I can see it along Main Street in Urbana–traffic flowing by on a summer evening. But the way the cars scream through downtown Champaign might mean they have to stay to the side streets–what do you think?

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2014 Illinois Marathon

Illinois Marathon

The 2014 Illinois Marathon will be run April 26, 2014 in Champaign Urbana and it looks to be another record setting field. The various races for the weekend are all more than 50% full already and with a late spring in the area it should be a perfect day. The only issue the last few years weather wise was a bit of wind two years ago. But last year’s race was perfect.

The Illinois Marathon runs April 26, 2014 on the streets of Champaign Urbana. Photo from Runners World.
The Illinois Marathon runs April 26, 2014 on the streets of Champaign Urbana. Photo from Runners World.

Runners World Recognition

Recently our little race from CU got some serious recognition. It was named one of the top nine new marathons in the country. Runners World (the leading runner mag for everyman runners) listed it with a number of other fine runs including Cary, North Carolina, Pittsburg, and Baton Rouge.

Running blogs all over picked up on this story and the print piece looked good.

Voluteer for the Illinois Marathon

You can get on board helping with the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon by going to their site and contacting them. Help is needed stuffing bags, at intersections, signage..all kinds of ways before and after the race.

2014 Illinois Marathon Route

The Illinois Marathon course snakes through Champaign and Urbana and ends at Memorial Stadium at the U of I.

Illinois Marathon Route.
Illinois Marathon Route.
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414 Avondale, Champaign, Illinois

This lovely home is for sale in the Hessel Park neighborhood of Champaign…very near the University of Illinois.

Homes in Hessel Park are a value, they are near bus lines, they are close to downtown Champaign and they have that old Champaign ambiance.

Call us today to have a look at this low maintenance, quality residence.

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2121 Harbortown, Champaign, Illinois

Open Houses in Champaign this Sunday

There will be many open houses around Champaign Urbana this Sunday. If you want a place with a view, you should see this one.

A relaxing retreat to be sure! Don’t miss this 1st floor end unit, 2 bedroom condo overlooking Lake Devonshire.

Move right in and enjoy cooking in the fully appliance kitchen with breakfast bar.

Spacious living room is highlighted by the fireplace and offers lake views.

Ample parking is available as well as an attached garage. Condo fees include lawn care, snow removal, trash, recycling & exterior maintenance. Centrally located and convenient to parks, bus line and shopping.

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1809 Peach, Champaign, IL

Look at this move in ready ranch…walk right in this Sunday between 2 and 4! This home is completely updated and located on a large corner lot in an established neighborhood.

The spacious living room with hardwood floors is highlighted by large windows. Enjoy cooking in the eat-in kitchen, updated in 2010. Brand new HVAC system installed in Oct. 2012. New roof in 2008. Plenty of room in the over sized 2 car garage with workbench.

Convenient to campus, bus lines, shopping and parks!

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