21 failed health inspections yielded 6 closures

Twenty-one restaurants in Champaign County failed health inspections between September 2012 and the end of February, with critical violations ranging from improper storage of food to employees failing to wash their hands.

Six were temporarily shut down.

Clothing donation outfits students for internship interviews

CHAMPAIGN — With young men sporting ties and slacks, polos and khakis, and the young women wearing dress pants, button-down shirts and heels, students involved in the Champaign-Urbana One-to-One Mentoring program looked ready for the workforce Friday.

The students were interviewing for summer internships in clothing donated by Jimmy John's.

More mortgage help available to homeowners

A program to help struggling Illinois homeowners with their mortgages has increased the amount of mortgage assistance it can provide.

The Illinois Hardest Hit program, operated by the Illinois Housing Development Authority, can now provide $35,000 in mortgage assistance per household, up from its previous limit of $25,000.

Quarterly, yearly losses reported for Easton-Bell

RANTOUL — Easton-Bell Sports reported dismal fourth-quarter and full-year results last week, a little over a month after both its chief executive officer and chief operations officer resigned.

Net sales for the quarter were $183.5 million, down 11.4 percent from a year earlier. Consequently, net sales for the year amounted to $827.2 million, down 1 percent from the previous year.

More development planned near Rantoul Walmart

RANTOUL — Further development of the South Murray Road area near Walmart Supercenter in west Rantoul is expected to begin this spring.

Rural Rantoul farmer/businessman Joe Warner said work will begin on the 45-acre Stonebridge commercial property west of Murray Road plus a project east of that area.

Retail incentive program coming back May 1 to Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City will conduct another "Buy Gibson City" retail incentive program beginning May 1. This is the first time the city has ever run the program in consecutive years.

Teamsters picket ends in Urbana

URBANA — The picket at Allied Waste Services in Urbana has ended, but the company did not allow union employees to return to work Monday, a Teamsters official said.

Flash index drops in March

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index registered a slight drop in March, indicating a slowing of economic growth in Illinois.

The index slid from 104.8 in February to 104.7 in March, according to the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Business calendar March 31, 2013

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Building permits March 31, 2013

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, location, description of the work and estimated cost.


Ironwood Builders, new single-family home at 5017 Chestnut Grove Drive, $390,000.