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Firm plans Royal ethanol facility

ROYAL – An Indiana agribusiness company is planning to build a 100-million-gallon ethanol plant in this rural Champaign County town.

JBS United, which operates several grain elevators in Illinois and Michigan, including one in Royal, announced Thursday it intends to construct the plant, but a company spokesperson declined to offer many details about the project.

Zoning changes made to allow wind farms in Ford County

SIBLEY – The Ford County Board has cleared the way for possible development of a wind farm.

After a California company expressed an interest in putting dozens of wind turbines south of Sibley, the county board earlier this month changed its zoning to allow wind turbines be proposed for rural parts of the county.

In this contest, good D really does win championships

The empty coffee cups and caffeine-laden soda cans spread around the room told the story.

"Right now, we're very tired," was the commentary added by Christy Sauper, a University of Illinois senior in computer science.

It's your business: Seattle's Best Coffee replacing Borders cafe

Patrons of Borders Books & Music in Champaign will have to do without its cafe for three weeks.

The store's cafe closed Saturday, to be replaced April 17 with a Seattle's Best Coffee cafe, general manager Linda Bantz said. The cafe will sport new tables, chairs and colors.

Hunt still on for hotel site

CHAMPAIGN – Developers wanting to build a hotel in downtown Champaign still haven't found a place for it.

But plans for their other project – a retail/office/condominium complex on the northwest corner of Church and Neil streets – are progressing, with a construction manager chosen this week.

Director of business development takes private industry job

CHAMPAIGN – The guy who's been working to make the University of Illinois more attractive to big business has left to take a job in – where else? – big business.

Tony DeLio, the UI's director of business development, has joined National Starch & Chemical as general manager for its North American food division. The Bridgewater, N.J.-based company provides industrial starch to the food industry.

Illinois flourishing in previously untapped wine industry

CHAMPAIGN – If you think Illinois is all about corn and soybeans, you haven't heard the latest on the grapevine.

Vineyards and wineries across the state have flourished in recent years, blossoming into a $20 million annual industry.

It's your business: Urbana man to publish family/kids directory

There he was, a retired guy standing around while his wife and daughter shopped in a children's clothing store in Tulsa, Okla.

And there they were, right in the store: a stack of colorful, purse-size directories advertising kid-friendly products and services in the Tulsa area.

Grain business seeks zoning for ethanol plant

CHAMPAIGN – The Andersons, a grain storage, marketing and farm fertilizer business in northwest Champaign, is considering building an ethanol plant there.

In response to interest expressed by The Andersons and the possibility of other plant proposals coming down the pipeline, the Champaign County Department of Planning and Zoning has suggested amending the county zoning ordinance.

Lab keys on Korea in bid for markets

CHAMPAIGN – Korean schools and factories could be the first big users of food-contamination detectors made by a Champaign-based company.

Kim Laboratories, which has developed quick ways to test for salmonella, E. coli O157 and other bacteria, has already received preliminary orders from a South Korean company for eight devices.