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CHAMPAIGN — Binny's Beverage Depot plans to open in mid-February in the former Borders bookstore at Town Center Boulevard and Prospect Avenue in Champaign.
The Skokie-based beer, wine and spirits retailer has 27 stores in the Chicagoland area, and the Champaign store will be its first downstate, owner Michael Binstein said.
Champaign and Vermilion counties saw big unemployment-rate drops in November, according to figures released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
Champaign County's rate dropped to 7.8 percent in November, down from 8.6 percent in October. It was the county's lowest rate since May.
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RANTOUL — A Rantoul industry's seasonal layoffs are expected to be below the levels of the past few years.
Twenty-one employees at Jeld-Wen, which manufactures windows and patio doors, took voluntary layoffs earlier this month. Teri Cline, the company's director of communications, said starting this week, additional layoffs will be made.
CHAMPAIGN — Alpha-Care Health Professionals plans to move its Champaign office to the M2 complex in February, giving the downtown building its largest office tenant.
The nursing and health staffing agency will occupy about 5,000 square feet on the third floor of the M2 building at 301 N. Neil St., C, said David Line, president of Alpha-Care and one of its owners.
BLOOMINGTON — AirTran Airways' decision to end service to Bloomington's Central Illinois Regional Airport will affect travelers and airports throughout the area, an airport spokeswoman said.
"AirTran's presence had an impact throughout the region," said Fran Strebing, deputy director of marketing for the Bloomington airport. "This changes the landscape for everybody."
SPRINGFELD -- Backers of expanded gambling in Illinois took a surprising beating in the Illinois House Wednesday, falling two votes short of passing a revised gaming bill.
CHAMPAIGN — Wolfram Research has cut about 20 jobs in the last couple weeks and may cut more, even though it has been hiring in other areas, a company spokeswoman told The News-Gazette.
"It is true that we had to let a few people go recently, and we might have to let a few more people go as well," said Jean Buck, who handles corporate communications for the company.
CHAMPAIGN — Hundman Lumber has agreed to combine with Alexander Lumber, with the Champaign operations moving to Alexander's new location at 1720 W. Anthony Drive next week.
Walter Alexander, president of Alexander Lumber, said Friday that "a great number" of Hundman's employees in Champaign are expected to join Alexander.
CHAMPAIGN — Many counties in East Central Illinois saw sizable declines in the unemployment rate in September, when compared with August.
Champaign County's rate dropped only slightly, from 9 percent to 8.7 percent, while Vermilion County's rate edged down from 10.5 percent to 10.4 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.