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Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon THIS WEEKEND!

by Rose Price

It’s almost officially the weekend, and guess what that means? It is almost time for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, one of our favorite big events in Champaign!! The 5K race begins Friday--- TONIGHT, followed by the 10K, half, and full marathons tomorrow (Saturday). The Illinois Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier so you don’t want to miss out on this premier event!

Starting at 8am on Saturday the party begins and goes until 2pm! You most definitely will want to stop by the Meijer 27th Mile Celebrate Victory Bash to unwind and enjoy a cool beverage (runners receive one complimentary beer from Fat City Bar & Grill) and live music from 90’s Daughter! The party will be at Memorial Stadium, located at 1402 S. First Street in Champaign.

 

RACE DETAILS // START TIMES // LOCATIONS

Friday, April 29th:

5K Walk/Run: 7:30pm start - Oak Street, south of St. Mary’s Road

Saturday, April 30th:

Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon: 7:00am start - First Street and St. Mary’s Road

10K Walk/Run: 7:42am start - First Street and St. Mary’s Road

*** Packet Pick-UpIf you have not already picked up your packet with your race number and other goodies, make sure to stop by the Health & Fitness Expo tonight before 7pm at the Illinois Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) located at 201 East Peabody Drive, Champaign IL 61820. Parking for the expo will be at the State Farm Center. Click here for a map. ***


Have friends or family running in the race? Make sure to SIGN UP for runner tracking to see their progress!

 

Best of luck to all of the runners from Rose Price!

 

Champaign and Urbana: Best Small Cities to Start a Business!

by Rose Price

Interested in opening a new business in Illinois?

Starting a business is both a challenging and rewarding experience for entrepreneurs! One of the first things to think about is where do I build my company? It is a common misconception that big cities are the best places to start a new business, but depending on the type of business you are planning to run, BIGGER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER. Small cities offer some very unique advantages, such as lower overhead costs and deeper relationships with your customer base.

Reboot Illinois recently published an article about the Best Small CIties in Illinois to Start a Business. To uncover this list, analysts studied factors such as cost of living, corporate taxes, office space availability, number of start ups, etc.. at more than 1,200 small cities across the United States. We were thrilled to find out that both Champaign (#10) and Urbana (#24) were on this list! Both areas are wonderful communities with an outstanding local business presence!

If you are considering relocating your family or business to Central Illinois we would love to help you! Click here to see current homes for sale in Champaign and Urbana. You can also give us a call anytime, or visit our website: www.champaignrose.com

Congrats Champaign and Urbana!

11 Small Towns Where Everyone Knows Your Name

by Rose Price

Is there anything better than walking into your local coffee shop and having the barista write your name on the cup without having to ask you? Ok ok, I get that this may seem trivial, but you do have to admit it is a wonderful feeling when the locals in your community all know you.  This month onlyinyourstate.com published a list about “11 small towns where everyone knows your name” in Illinois, and we were thrilled to see Tuscola and Monticello, two towns in our community, named!

But what makes these towns so special? 

The list is as follows:

  1. Clarendon Hills, located outside of Chicago in Dupage County.

  2. Casey, known for its large construction projects.

  3. Cherry Valley, located in Boone County with a population of 3,000.

  4. Winchester, located in Scott County and known for its gorgeous courthouse.

  5. TUSCOLA, located in Scott County, and is our backyard, and known for its great outlet mall. Click here to view current homes for sale in Tuscola.

  6. MONTICELLO, is also located in our community! Click here to view current homes for sale in Monticello.​

  7. Milford, located in Iroquois County and has a population of only 800.

  8. Ladd, located in Bureau County and was a former mining town.

  9. Hebron, located in McHenry County with a population of 1200.

  10. Galena, may get a lot of visitors but the locals still know you well.

  11. Benld, located in Macoupin County and is known as one of a small group of towns where an object was hit by a meteor.

Please click here to read the entire article.

If you're interested in Buying, Selling or Investing in the Champaign community, give ChampaignRose a call or visit our website at: www.champaignrose.com

 

It’s everyone’s favorite day of the year...TAX DAY!!!

Ehh, not so much….

 

For all of you stressing over this infamous day, Marketwatch has some great advice. File an extension!! In an article posted by the news source, there are 7 excellent reasons why many people should consider an extension.

  1. You have a balance due and need more time to save up money to cover it. Give yourself that extra 6 months.

  2. Made charitable donations over $250 to one or more charities and don’t have the proper receipts (which must include the name of the charity, address, taxpayer ID number, and a statement that you did not receive any benefits or items of value for your donation) to submit with your taxes? The IRS is very strict on submitting the required documentation so an extension would give you an extra 6 months to get everything in order.

  3. Have you recently moved homes? Or are you planning to move within the next few months? If yes, it benefits you to submit an extension because the IRS may need to follow up with you on your taxes and they send all correspondence to the address you have on file.

  4. If you are waiting for K-1 forms from partnership entities, S-Corps, estates, or trusts you should file an extension.

  5. Sometimes rushing through your personal or business bookkeeping can cause sloppy or incorrect taxes. Don’t rush and do it right. File an extension to give you that extra time.

  6. Have a large balance this year? Making contributions to your 2015 retirement plan can help reduce that balance. File an extension if you would like to benefit from this. You have until October 15th to open or add to your retirement fund.

  7. And finally…. You still have questions regarding your taxes that you have not had answered. Give yourself some time to get everything settled.

Best of luck this tax season!

Champaign IL 18th Annual Ebertfest: 2016!

by Rose Price

It's that special time of year, where film lovers from all over Illinois come to Champaign to celebrate and enjoy films inspired by the Great Roger Ebert's exquisite taste and his dedication and passion to the art of film. Founded in 1999 by Roger himself, the film festival features films that didn't receive the recognition they deserved the first time around.  Though he passed in 2013, he is a constant influence on the festival.  Some of the films come from Roger's own lists of possible films for his festival while others are selected by Chaz Ebert and Festival Director Nate Kohn, based on Roger's criteria for a Ebertfest film of course. Having both worked closely with Roger for 15 years, they know pretty darn well what he would approve of and what would make him cringe.   

As Roger himself said:

"Every great film should

seem new, every time you see it."  

Well at EbertFest every film will certainly seem new!  It's core mission is to celebrate films, genres and formats that have been overlooked by distributors, audiences and/or critics; including independent, international and studio films that did not win wide audiences; overlooked formats such as 70mm; and overlooked genres such as documentaries and musicals. One of our favorite parts of the festival is that it screens one film at a time, so everyone sees the same films at the same time, which promotes a strong sense of community among audiences, filmmakers, guests, students and scholars.  

"No good movie is too long

and no bad movie is short enough." 

We know that not everyone has the same taste in movies, but if you're going to trust one critic's opinion, it should definitely be Roger's, so hopefully the above quote won't apply this week.  Come see some great films, meet fascinating directors, actors, and filmmakers and celebrate the art of film and the life of one of the world's most beloved Film Critics.  

Schedule

Tickets

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Best Golf In Champaign IL

by Rose Price

In honor of Golf's biggest event and the millions of people who have been glued to their televisions, day dreaming of deeply bunkered greens and rolling fairways, we've decided to feature our favorite places for golfers in Champaign IL, so you can get a head start on perfecting that swing, if you haven't already.  

Just For Fun Golf Center --301 Eisner Rd

Passionate golf lovers, dedicated to helping you improve your game.  Just Fore Fun utilizers state-of-the-art golf simulators for a true virtual golf experience.  Combined with their range, pro shop and expert instructors, it is the perfect place to improve your game for the summer!

Lincolnshire Fields Country Club --2000 Byrnebruk Dr

Championship Golf at it's finest.  It's regarded by many, as the best Golf in Champaign Illinois.  The course provides a great golf experience for all skill levels.  The Club offers programs for both men and women, couples golf, weekly leagues, junior golf, private lessons, and instruction programs for both beginners and advanced players and with a fully stocked pro-shop, it's a one stop shop for the best golf in Central Illinois.   


Champaign Country Club --1211 S Prospect

Founded in 1904, the Champaign Country Club is a private country club dedicated to the game of golf. The challenging 18-hole championship golf course features 92 acres of mature landscaped trees, bent grass tees, fairways and greens and four teeing options ranging from 6,452 yards to 5,533 yards. 

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Boneyard Arts Festival

by Rose Price

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

JOIN US FOR ONE OF CHAMPAIGN'S LARGEST ART EVENTS

The Boneyard Arts Festival is a four day art event, presented by 40 North.  The Event features the broad range of creative activity flourishing in our community. Its main goal is to bring together local artists, businesses and organizations for a special event showcasing the art of Champaign County.

Boneyard is more than a traditional arts walk, it is a unique countywide celebration, taking place in a wide variety of venues (over 90!) -- both traditional (theaters, cafes, galleries & museums) and non-traditional (salons & retail stores) -- it features the work of hundreds of artists. Sculptors, weavers, painters, photographers and other visual artists who are joined by musicians, actors, dancers, poets and performers of all kinds. The creativity is showcased  throughout Champaign, Urbana, U of I Campus, Rantoul, Homer, Mahomet, St. Joseph and Sidney.

More Information:

40 North

ACE Awards

40 Point One

Artists At Work Video Series Artists at Work is a video series developed by 40 North to feature Champaign County artists

 

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