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URBANA — Members of Teamsters Local 26 were preparing for a fourth day of pickets today at Blager Concrete in Urbana.
Pickets went up Tuesday morning at the ready-mix concrete company after management and drivers couldn't come to terms on a new contract, said Tim Donovan, business agent for Local 26.
CHAMPAIGN — Busey Bank plans to spend more on employees in order to generate growth, the bank's holding company reaffirmed in its annual report to shareholders.
First Busey Corp. consciously shrank over the past four years — from $4.4 billion to $3.4 billion in assets — while it cleaned up problem loans, many of which were related to the collapse of real estate in southwest Florida.
DANVILLE — Aldermen Tuesday night approved a redevelopment agreement for the new T.J. Maxx store, rezoning and annexation for the Meijer store project, rezoning for Watchfire Time-O-Matic's expansion plans and an application for a federal grant that would help fund the continued study of removing two city-owned low-head dams on two rivers.
The Champaign-Urbana area has lost 2,600 jobs in the last year — most of them government positions, according to newly released statistics that also show unemployment was higher than a year ago.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that unemployment rose to 9.3 percent in the Champaign-Urbana area in January, compared with 9 percent in January 2011.
DANVILLE — Danville school district officials plan to cut more than a dozen teaching and staff positions for next school year but retain the people in those positions by shuffling them into other openings that will be created through retirements.
DANVILLE — Aldermen initially voted down several changes to the city's liquor ordinance Tuesday night that would have made a liquor license available to the new Meijer store.
Later on in the evening, they changed their minds.
CHAMPAIGN — When local McDonald's franchisee Dwight Miller looks back at the role models of his youth, Muhammad Ali stands out as the greatest.
"He was a strong man," Miller said of the now-retired heavyweight boxing champion. "He didn't care what other people thought. He wanted to do his own thing."
Miller noted that Ali had "an issue with the draft."
CHAMPAIGN — The U.S. Postal Service is poised to move some mail processed in Bloomington and all mail processed in Effingham to the Champaign processing and distribution facility.
The shift of that workload will likely mean a "significant" increase in the 250 employees who now work at the Champaign facility, said Roxanna Keyes, the facility's acting plant manager.
DANVILLE — In the last decade, Time-O-Matic Watchfire's operations have outgrown its original facility and spread to other locations in Danville.
Now, the digital sign manufacturer is planning to expand its original building and bring its Danville employees under one roof, according to Danville city officials.
DANVILLE — The new retail development area on North Vermilion Street more than doubled in size Wednesday with the announcement that Meijer Inc. plans to build a store on a 23-acre site that will include a gas station-convenience store.