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Today's Special: C-U comeback for Taco John's

CHAMPAIGN — Taco John's opened its doors Monday at 902 Meijer Drive in Champaign, its windows looking out to the next-door Carmike 13 movie theater.

"Three decades ago, there was one on campus, and Taco John's definitely has a loyal following," owner/franchisee Chris Saunders said. "It was time we came back."

The eatery has 40 to 45 employees.

Business listings, Feb. 19, 2017

These applications for assumed business names were filed with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Comer Express, 1717 Kirby Ave., PMB 303, C, Malcolm Comer, same address.

Gopher Mafia Games, 2404 Arden Drive, C, Timothy Adams, Jamie Fender and Tiffany Adams, same address, and Matthew Silverman, 302 Sunrise Drive,, U.

Team approach to CPR advocated

DANVILLE — One minute John Chandler was driving back from the farm bureau feeling just fine. The next thing he remembers was waking up in the hospital.

Sudden cardiac arrest happens that fast.

A 70-year-old semi-retired Danville business owner, Chandler is one of the lucky ones.

Tom Kacich: People can report tele-town hall problems

My email box last Thursday morning was filled with comments from people who said they either didn't get a phone call or were bounced out of the tele-town hall that U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis held Wednesday night.

I had signed up to listen in but was swamped with state budget duties in Springfield that night and had to take a pass, so everything I know is second hand.

Just Askin': Thefts at Wal-Mart?

After the Champaign Wal-Mart decided to close from midnight to 6 a.m. due to low foot traffic during those hours, several readers suggested the real reason was late-night theft.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Leslee Wright insisted this wasn't the case, and the data from local police departments appear to back this up.

Free smoke detectors serve as tribute to fire victim

CHAMPAIGN — As friends of Laura Wills prepared to pay their last respects Saturday evening to the woman who perished in a fire at her home, Champaign firefighters chose to honor her their way. They handed out smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to approximately 30 of her neighbors Saturday morning.

Whatever happened to ... pay phones

Pay phones used to be a common sight. But now, even in the places they still exist, hardly anyone uses them.

The Illinois Terminal in Champaign has three — two on the first floor and one on the second — that aren't drawing much business.

"I haven't seen anybody on them all day long," Illinois Terminal Director Stu Smith said.

Whatever happened to ... this modern marvel?

URBANA — The next time you pick up that supercomputer in your pocket, take a moment to consider its famous ancestor at the University of the Illinois.

The Illinois Automatic Computer, dubbed ILLIAC, went online in 1952, one of the first computers built with a design that is now ubiquitous in the computing world.

Building permits, Feb. 19, 2017

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling costing more than $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.

Champaign

TAG Residential LLC, new single-family residence at 203 Doisy Lane, $145,009.