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It's your business: First Federal banking on chocolate chip cookies

If Cookie Monster went looking for a local bank in which to stash his cash, which one would he choose?

Why, we imagine, one that bakes its own chocolate chip cookies and hands them out to the customers.

C-U authorities believe citizens play vital role

Like many of their neighbors, Charles and Celia Evans are concerned about deteriorating businesses and rising crime in the area.

Former Eastern Illinois University professors living in southeast Urbana, they bought their home in May 2001 and commuted to Charleston for three years, before retiring.

Microbrewery may be on tap for downtown

CHAMPAIGN – Chris Knight said he's been thinking about opening a microbrewery in downtown Champaign for five years.

"You couldn't have a city more suited to having a microbrewery than this one," said Knight, owner of the Blind Pig tavern in downtown Champaign. "It surprised me there isn't a brewery here, particularly given that you've got a sophisticated beer-drinking crowd in Champaign-Urbana."

It's your business: Champion cook selling homemade cookies

If you're in the mood for a cookie – and not just any cookie, but one home-made by a champion baker – you might check out Cookies N' More.

That's the new homemade cookie business launched by Tiffany Talbott of Ogden, who for the last two years has been the baker of the Grand Champion cookie at the Champaign County Fair.

Vehicle buyers urged to watch for fraud

Shopping for a new or used car or truck? You might want to be extra careful over the next year.

Hundreds of thousands of vehicles in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were damaged by flooding during the recent hurricanes. Many of these vehicles will be totaled and sent to salvage yards and auction houses. Some will end up in the hands of unscrupulous sellers.

Consumers urged to watch for fraud

Consumers might want to monitor their checking accounts a bit more closely and be wary of cashing certain checks in light of several warnings issued about a Web site which allows people to create their own checks.

At the Web site,, registered participants can create and issue checks for a fee. But the Web site, which is owned by Neovi Data Corporation, does not investigate or verify any of the transactions, warned the Federal Deposit and local police.

It's your business: Culver's plans south Champaign restaurant

Culver's restaurant is taking its ButterBurgers south, and opening a second location in Champaign at 2300 S. Neil St.

The owners, Gary Satterlee and son-in-law Troy Vodacek, hope to have the new place – going up just north of Arby's – opened by December or early January.

It's your business: Music studio opens in Mahomet

There's new music on Mahomet's Main Street.

Harmony Road Music Studio at 417 E. Main St. has opened, and is offering classes for both kids and adults.

Cable-franchise expert to speak at meeting

CHAMPAIGN – A nationally recognized expert on cable franchise negotiations will speak Saturday to the Champaign-Urbana Cable TV and Telecommunications Commission.

The meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the council chambers at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St. It is open to the public.

It's your business: Maggie's Place opens next month

Four years ago, Diane Beckett's sister opened a home decor and gift shop in Shorewood and named it after a deceased friend. Now the two sisters are getting ready to open a second shop in Champaign under the same name: Maggie's Place.

The shop will open in early October at Round Barn Center, 503 S. Mattis Ave., Beckett said.