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Residents moved from three apartment complexes in Urbana

URBANA — Residents of three apartment complexes in southeast Urbana were relocated on Thursday after the city found structural problems with the buildings, and the property manager says he is already working with an engineer to correct the issues.


Good ideas pay off at annual awards ceremony

URBANA — Ten individuals and companies were given awards Thursday for coming up with good ideas and carrying them out, at Champaign County's annual Innovation Celebration.

— Cobalt Digital, a company whose products are used in TV broadcasting, won the Longevity Through Innovation Award.


Comcast boosting speeds of its Internet plans for free

CHICAGO — Comcast will increase the speeds of its Blast and Extreme 50 Internet plans in March for no additional cost, the company announced Tuesday.

The Blast plan will increase its maximum download speed from 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps and its maximum upload speed from 4 Mbps to 10 Mbps.


Volition's 'Red Faction' franchise up for sale -- again

CHAMPAIGN — The "Red Faction" video-game franchise will go up for sale — again.

THQ Inc., which sold off many of its assets in a bankruptcy-related auction in January, announced Tuesday that it plans to sell off several remaining assets, including the "Red Faction" franchise.


Tom Kacich: Kraft a mainstay from a boom year for C-U

Could there have been a better year for the Champaign-Urbana economy than 1963?


Business roundup: State Black Chamber of Commerce meets in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Willie Wilson, founder and CEO of Omar Medical Supplies, will be the luncheon speaker for the Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce summit in Champaign today (Wednesday, Feb. 27).

The summit runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. Registration for the "Build Your Brand" summit is $15 at the door.


CEO of eBay notes major changes ahead for retailers

CHAMPAIGN — Retailers can expect to encounter changes in the next few years as massive as those experienced recently by the newspaper and movie industries, eBay CEO John Donahoe said.

"There will be more change in how consumers shop and pay in the next three years than in the last 20," Donahoe told an overflow crowd of students at the University of Illinois on Tuesday.


Union ready to strike against UI as 'last resort'

CHAMPAIGN — A campus labor union has told the University of Illinois of its intent to strike soon.


Business listings Feb. 24, 2013

These applications for assumed business names were recently filed at the Champaign County clerk's office:

Aunt Joanne's Kitchen Soulfood, 705 N. Neil St., C, by LaEsha Knox, 2310 Aspen Drive, C.

Bite Size, 815 Sunset Drive, U, by La'Kaya Lewis Sr., same address.


Business calendar Feb. 24, 2013

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