RANTOUL — Public transportation between Rantoul and Champaign-Urbana could help boost economic development in Rantoul, community leaders told state Sen. Mike Frerichs.
MATTOON — Consolidated Communications Holdings has planned $2.5 million in annualized cost reductions this year, with most coming from "head-count adjustments," company officials said Thursday.
URBANA — A Mahomet woman who admitted stealing from her former employer for years has been sentenced to probation and ordered to make hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution.
CHAMPAIGN — The unemployment rate in Champaign County took a nasty bump upward in June after the University of Illinois school year ended.
Champaign County's rate climbed to 8.7 percent, up from 7 percent in May.
The uptick was particularly noticeable in Urbana, where the rate rose from 7.3 percent to 9.9 percent.
CHAMPAIGN — The old Rick Orr Florist space won't be vacant for long.
Fleurish, a flower shop now in downtown Urbana, will move to the Rick Orr space at 122 N. Walnut St., C, in a few weeks, shop owner Sarah Compratt said.
"I'm hoping to be open by Sept. 1," she said.
CHAMPAIGN — EnterpriseWorks — the business incubator in the University of Illinois Research Park — has been selected as one of "10 Startup Incubators You Need to Watch" by Inc.com.
The selection is all the more remarkable because EnterpriseWorks is the only pure university incubator — and the only incubator in the Midwest — to make the list.
URBANA — Bob McCandless, who shot thousands of portraits of East Central Illinois residents, is closing his photography studio at Lincoln Square after 46 years in business.
But before the doors shut for good, he's offering his proofs and negatives for sale to the subjects. He suggests people call him at the studio before coming by.
WATSEKA — A metal-products company has been fined more than $200,000 following incidents earlier this year in which two workers suffered amputation injuries.
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign got a shellacking and Danville might have been better off not mentioned in Forbes magazine's latest rankings of "The Best Small Places to Do Business."
The magazine's July 18 issue ranks the 25 best big cities and the 25 best small places — metropolitan areas with fewer than 250,000 people — in which to do business.
Here's how the two Illinois metropolitan areas stack up according to metrics considered by Forbes in ranking places to do business:
(metro area consists of McLean County)
Ranked 6th in education
Ranked 51st in job growth
Ranked 75th in cost of doing business
Unemployment: 6.2 percent