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High School Golfer CG Facer

by Rose Price

Todays Spotlight is on High School Graduate CG Facer

CG Facer, a recent Urbana High graduate, won the Urbana Country Club championship earlier this month, and in 36 holes on Sunday at his home course, Facer followed up his 3-under 69 with a 76 to hold off a back-nine surge from Christian Khachaturian to win the 85th Twin City championship.


Facer’s success today didn’t just happen, He worked at it. And then worked at it some more. Facer is on the range or the practice greens, whenever the weather allows;  working on imporoving his game, with his dad. As the sun sets, CG always finds one more thing to work out, or challenges Dad to a putting contest.


CG was focused all day on the course last Sunday, his "poker face" didn’t change until his par putt on the 18th hole dropped, and  then he cracked his first smile.CG will be a freshman at Brigham Young this fall on an academic scholarship in the school’s honors program and he will attempt to join the Cougars’ golf team as a walk on. CG earned a tough victory on Sunday. He entered the final 18 holes with a 6-shot lead on four-time champion Tim Hoss Jr. and 7 on 16-year-old Christian Khachaturian.

Congratulations CG Facer!

Source Credit: Full Story in The News Gazette.

 

Champaign IL Real Estate Market

by Rose Price

CHAMPAIGN IL Real Estate Market Update

Champaign County Home sales continue to surpass last years home sales, during the same time periods, even though mortgage rates have begun rising.

The Champaign County Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service reports that 349 homes were sold in June. That's up from 330 sales in June 2012. The Champaign County Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service also reported that, the value of those homes sold was $58 million, compared with home sales figures of $56.9 million last June. Again, trending up.

I'm seeing an increase in buyer activity and closed sales even though interest rates have begun climbing. If you are looking to buy a home in Champaign IL, in the near future, you may want to buy now to get more house for your money or to save money due to the cost of higher interest rates.

According to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.; In June,  the average interest rate for the U.S. North Central region, was;  4.08 percent on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.This is up from a rate of 3.55 percent in May.

I believe activity and demand will stay strong until the Fall. June also showed strong numbers for: Pending sales,under contract sales and sales awaiting closing, which were at  318, compared with 233 pending sales last June. Still trending up.

The association reported 1,238 home sales January to June, 2013 This is an increase over the 1,149 sold in  the first half of 2012. This means that sales are 7.74 percent ahead of the same period last year.
2013  sales totaled $191 million, which is up from $184.3 million for the same period last year. June sales volume accounted for 30 percent of that $191 million, showing just how strong June has been this year.

The median home sales price for the Champaign County region was $145,000 in June, down from $155,500 in June 2012. So were selling more but at lower per home purchase prices. The year-to-date median price was $135,000, compared with a median price of $140,000 for the first six months of 2012. Home sale prices was the only category that trended down so far.

Days on the market also continue to go down across Illinois. According to the Illinois Association of Realtors, homes are staying on the market an average of 83 days. Last year homes were on the market roughly 103 days. Again, showing an active Champaign Illinois Real Estate Market. Champaign County Home Buyers and Home Sellers, are coming to terms in the improving Champaign Real Estate Market.

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ROCKIN' IN CHAMPAIGN ILLINOIS THIS WEEKEND!

by Rose Price

WOW.....WHAT A GREAT WEEKEND TO GATHER AND VISIT DOWNTOWN CHAMPAIGN IL!

                                   

Even with sweltering temperatures all around us, you won't want to miss these great events going on Downtown Champaign IL.

Kicking off the weekend is FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE, and it's better than ever!  So sit back and enjoy Champaign Illinois' as they present free street-side performances from 6:00-8:00 pm, at these 3    locations:   

1) Neil & Church        2) Neil & Park       3)Walnut & Chester   

The performances will include an eclectic mix of music, sidewalk art contests, dance, art showcases, and Balloon are & face painting for the kids! So bring along the whole family for a night of music, socializing and tasty treats!!                                                        

And it's not over yet......

The Champaign Park District's signature event, the CHAMPAIGN MUSIC FESTIVAL, starts Saturday at 6 pm. With 3 stages ready to rock, you can enjoy the best of all genre's. In fact, CEO of One Main Development, is playing on the Main and Market Street stage at 8:45 pm! 

Get out and enjoy the summer season with family and friends, good food and drink!

                                               

Stage Schedule and Line Up:

Nail and Main St. Stage
6:00-7:00 p.m., Carrie Lyn Infusion, Blues/Soul                 
7:30-9:00 p.m., 90's Daughter, 90's Hits
9:30-11:30 p.m., Brat Pack, 80's Hits

Walnut & Chester St. Stage
6:15-7:45 p.m., Delta Kings, Blues/Rock
8:15-9:45 p.m., Mighty Pranksters, Southern Rock/Jam
10:15-12:15 p.m., James Wesly, Country

Main St. and Market St. Stage
6:00-6:45 p.m., Pete Stillwell
6:55-7:40 p.m., The Fabulous Javelinas
7:50-8:35 p.m., Justin Larkin, Blues/Rock
8:45-9:30 p.m., Cody Sokolski, Southern Rock/Jam
9:40-10:25 p.m., Hathaways

 

Champaign IL Real Estate Tax Bills

by Rose Price

Champaign Real Estate Taxes

By now you should have received your Champaign County Tax Bill. The Champaign County Collector mailed roughly 76,000 real estate tax bills that will result in collecting over $285 million dollars. This revenue will go to over 125 tax districts (schools, cities, etc.).

Real estate tax bills were mailed May 3, 2013. The first installment was due June 3, 2013 (30 days after the bills were mailed) and the second installment will be due on September 3, 2013. If haven’t received your tax bill, contact the Champaign County Collector at 217-384-3743.

A single tax bill includes the full year's taxes with two installment payment coupons. There is no second bill for the second installment. Taxes must be paid in two equal installments. Partial payments are not allowed by law.

The Champaign County Treasurer’s office offers many convenient ways to pay.  

1. In person at the Champaign County Treasurer’s office at the Brookens Center, 1776 E. Washington, Urbana, Illinois using cash, personal/business checks (except 30 days prior to the tax sale) or VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and VISA Debit. A convenience fee averaging 1.75% is required on all credit card transactions. A flat $3.95 convenience fee is required for VISA Debit transactions. Champaign County receives no revenue from the convenience fee. We do not accept 2 party checks as a form of payment.

2. At your local participating bank with the original tax bill. (Follow this link for a List of Banks that accept payment)

3. 24-Hour Drop Box in the south circle drive of Brookens Center

4. Mail your payment. A United States Postal Service Postmark is accepted as date of payment for the calculation of late fees. 

5. Internet payments using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and VISA Debit at: www.illinoisepay.com  (A convenience fee averaging 1.75% is required on all credit card transactions.  A flat fee of $3.95 is required on all VISA Debit transactions). Champaign County receives no revenue from the convenience fee.

6. Toll free telephone payments using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and VISA Debit at: 1-877-690-3729 (Jurisdiction code 7004). (A convenience fee averaging 1.75% is required on all credit card transactions.  A flat fee of $3.95 is required on all VISA Debit transactions). Champaign County receives no revenue from the convenience fee.

7. Automatic Deduction from bank account. See form included in your tax bill or go to the Treasurer Forms page on this website to print out a form.

The above information is provided by the Champaign County Treasurer’s Office

5 Things to do in Champaign, IL

by Rose Price

Champaign Public Library: This beautiful, resource rich, library is something Champaign, IL residents can be proud of. Friendly, informative staff are always available to help you. This is a truly amazing local library in a town the size of Champaign. This beautiful facility is bright, open and airy with lots of natural lighting and offers easy access parking.The meeting room is great  and you'll enjoy the small coffee area. Oh, I can't forget the awesome children's area.

The Art Theater: The Art Theater is a single screen, community art house,owned by members. The Theater provides a place to see films that major corporate distributors overlook; including a great many films that win international awards. The theater consistently shows a broad selection of art films and mainstream sleepers, that have been overlooked . This refreshing, little indie,art house screens fine films, at a time when society and big movie companies have increasingly limited movie goer's choices.  The Art Theater's liquor license, and home baked treats also contribute to a unique, enjoyable experience.

Memorial Stadium: The stadium is rich in history and tradition. The first thing you'll notice is the beautiful, old facade. The name "Memorial" Stadium comes from the nearly 200, Illinois, limestone columns. These amazing columns each contain the name of an Illinois soldier, who died in WWI. (More recently,service personnel who have died in subsequent wars, have been added.

Krannert Art Museum: Who would have guessed there would be such a cool art museum in Champaign, IL? The Krannert is a beautiful place, with easy access, on the University of Illinois campus. Whether you visit to see the eclectic range of art or to hear a concert, the Krannert will not disappoint.  Also, enjoy the espresso royal on the main level.

Hessell Park: This is a fantastic, big park, boasting roughly 27 acres of grass and  trees; just west of Kirby and S. Neil St. The park offers something for everyone. There's a nice 1/2 mile long, curved path surrounding the park, a big playground, a ball field, lighted tennis courts and more.Come out to run  walk your dog, play tennis or bring the kids to the playground. Hessell Park also offers the only splash pond in town. It is a small area with ground fountains and sprinkler tunnels that the kids will love. Oh, don't forget Jarlings Custard Cup for a nice Summer treat.

Champaign Urbana IL 4th of July Events

by Rose Price

Champaign Urbana IL residents have no shortage of events to celebrate our Nation's birthday. Check these opportunities to celebrate Independence Day:

July 1:

’1787: We the People’: We The People, a Champaign Urbana, locally written musical, debuts at the Virginia Theatre. It's a perfect start to your 4th of July festivities as it addresses the writing  of the U.S. Constitution . Nightly performances take place, from June 30-July 2 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on July 3. Tickets range from $10 to $18; with a family package available for only $45. Come out and enjoy this family friendly event!

Tuscola Sparks in the Park: Tuscola’s provides two days of festivities, July 1 and 2. July 1st fun includes swimming, baseball, bands and inflatables.The Independence Day parade kicks off at 5 p.m., at the corner of Main Street and North Central Avenue and goes north on Main Street, through Ervin Park. End your day with fireworks at dusk.

Monticello Freedom Celebration: Monticello celebrates for three days, July 1 through July 3. Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in Downtown Monticello, check out Chow on the Town, Car Show, First Friday on the Square, Monticello Movie Night and more.

July 2:

C'mon kids, Decorate Your Bike: Free! Head to Cherry Alley / the Urbana Free Library at 11 a.m. to prepare your bike for 4th of July. Decorations and streamers will be available. If it rains or gets too hot,  come to the library’s Lewis Auditorium.

’1787: We the People’: We The People, a Champaign Urbana, locally written musical, debuts at the Virginia Theatre. It's a perfect start to your 4th of July festivities as it addresses the writing  of the U.S. Constitution . Nightly performances take place, from June 30-July 2 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on July 3. Tickets range from $10 to $18; with a family package available for only $45. Come out and enjoy this family friendly event!

Tuscola Sparks in the Park: Tuscola’s festivities end July 2. Saturday’s fun begins with the American Legion pancake breakfast and 5K run/walk. After that, there's something for everyone. Check out, the mud-volleyball and basketball tournaments, the kiddie tractor pull, and  more. The Tuscola Community Band will end the day with an entertaining 4th of July concert.

Rantoul: The Rantoul Chamber of Commerce Presents“best post-race party ever” with the 5K Rockin The Runway 2nd Annual Firecracker Classic at the Rantoul National Aviation Center’s Frank Elliott Field. There will be fun for everyone, before and after the race.Bring the whole family to enjoy; inflatables for the kids, games, food, bands, auto-cross races, and the car show. The Independence Day Celebration will end appropriately with a Patriotic fireworks show. Admission is $5 per person for ages 14 and over, with runners, walkers and veterans receiving free admission.

Arthur’s Freedom Celebration: Star off at the parade, which begins at the Mennonite Church Parking Lot on East Illinois St. at 1 p.m. After the last horn passes, get to the fairgrounds and enjoy the food stands; and celebrate something truly American at the baseball tournament. Don't forget the Helicopter rides by Central Illinois Air trips, from Mattoon. Flying begins at approximately 4 p.m.and costs $ 20 per person. End the day with one of the largest fireworks shows in central Illinois. This awesome display, includes some of the biggest exploding shells in the country. The 2010 fireworks crowd for this small-town celebration was estimated to be more than 30,000 people!  

Monticello Freedom Celebration: Enjoy 3 days of FUN in Monticello! From July 1 through July 3, Monticello celebrates freedom. Head Downtown Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to experience, the Taste of Monticello, Antique Tractor Show, Monticello Back in Time Games, vendors and displays. See  performances by The Brass Band of Central Illinois and II Ton Heavy Thing; and be sure to attend the Celebration Parade at 2 p.m.

July 3:

’1787: We the People’: We The People, a Champaign Urbana, locally written musical, debuts at the Virginia Theatre. It's a perfect start to your 4th of July festivities as it addresses the writing  of the U.S. Constitution . Nightly performances take place, from June 30-July 2 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on July 3. Tickets range from $10 to $18; with a family package available for only $45. Come out and enjoy this family friendly event!

Monticello Freedom Celebration: From July 1 through July 3, come out to Monticello for three days of fun. Sunday, from noon to 11 p.m. at Lodge Park, enjoy vendors, games, bands and more. Come and enjoy ta day at the park and one of the greatest fireworks shows in the Champaign Urbana Area!

July 4:

Champaign pools: Head to Sholem Aquatic Center (1- 8 p.m.) and Spalding Pool (1-6pm) on July 4 for 4th of July games and activities,all day, at both locations. Some activities include the watermelon eating contest, cannonball contest and trivia games. Normal admission fees apply.

Champaign County Freedom Celebration:  Champaign County Parade and Fireworks are a BLAST! The Parade starts at 1:05 p.m near at First and Kirby in Champaign, and continues east on Kirby/Florida, then moves north on Lincoln. Come out to Dodds Park, near Parkland College in Champaign, for evening entertainment, music, food vendors and fun kids activities; before and after the fireworks. Fireworks will begin about 9:20 p.m. Admission is FREE.

Freedom Fest, Lake of the Woods Park, Mahomet. Kids’ activities, food, live entertainment, fireworks at dusk. $1 per person, children 5 and under free. (Rain date is July 5.)

Bement: The Bement Community Council’s 4th of July Freedom Celebration’s theme is “Supporting the Military Community”. Parade at 2 p.m; games and vendors at Forest Preserve following parade until dusk; fireworks begin at dusk. Live DJ 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. at Forest Preserve park.

Clinton Fourth of July Celebration: FREE Fireworks begin at dusk; Near Clinton High School/Junior High School, Clinton;

Homer Fourth of July Celebration: The Homer 4th of July festivities take place near Village Hall. Parade at 5:30 p.m.; The “carTunes” Community Summer Band and the “Singin’ in the CAR-us” Community Summer Chorus concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and Fireworks at dusk. Free.

Rantoul: The Chamber of Commerce will present a holiday parade at 10 a.m.; parade route will start at the corner of Maplewood Drive and U.S. 136.

Paxton Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration: The Paxton fun day (includes children’s parade) at Pells Park with fireworks at dusk; free.

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