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The demolition of Central Illinois Regional Airport’s old terminal building is slated to begin this month.

The site is the former location of CJ’s Restaurant, which closed in 2018.

In a virtual meeting with the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority on Tuesday, CIRA Deputy Director Javier Centeno said work will begin on Sept. 14 and is projected to last 85 days.

a picture of the osf downtown campus in Peoria
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The Peoria-based OSF Healthcare system will borrow $450 million this fall with the money financing construction of a new comprehensive cancer center in Peoria.

Chestnut mental health training
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Mental health experts say a culture of risk-taking and self-reliance can be deadly for construction workers.

Flagger on the job
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Several high-traffic streets in Bloomington-Normal will get a major makeover over the next six years as McLean County benefits from $173 million in funding from the state capital plan.

Construction workers are building the foundation for new tracks at a train crossing south of downtown Springfield. The long-term plan includes new underpasses so cars won’t have to wait for trains.

Several months ago, Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder sent a letter to lawmakers asking for $127 million in a construction plan to pay for the next phase – new tracks and overpasses farther south.

Resurfacing Project To Begin On Veterans Parkway

Jul 20, 2018
Map of Veterans construction work
Illinois Department of Transportation

A $3 million overnight resurfacing project on one of Bloomington-Normal’s busiest roads is set to begin at the end of the month.

Parts of Veterans Parkway between Clearwater Avenue and Washington Street, as well as the intersection at Empire Street, will be down to one lane in both directions beginning July 30.

Illinois Department of Transportation District Engineer Kensil Garnett said zone paths can change by the day, so drivers need to be hyperaware of their surroundings.

Flagger on the job
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Becky Slightom is the person you see at the start of a roadwork zone—the one directing traffic and keeping workers and drivers safe.

She's a flagger, but there's another informal job title she's bestowed upon herself.

With temperatures expected to reach the mid-90s over the next few days  -- and the heat index even higher, road buckling could become a problem for some Illinois motorists.