Local governments' finances getting back to pre-recession levels

It took a while, but the three biggest local governments in Champaign County either have finally regained their financial footing from the recession of 2008, or they expect to do so this year.

Black: Rewrite temporary sign ordinance

DANVILLE — At least one alderman wants to scrap the city's temporary sign ordinance and write a new one.

Alderman Bill Black said that's what he would like to suggest when the city council discusses temporary signs at its meeting Tuesday.

Building permits March 17, 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.


Hallbeck Homes, new single-family home at 1605 Crabapple Lane, $360,000.

Business calendar March 17, 2013

Tuesday, March 19

Business listings March 17, 2013

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

A&A Cleaning Services, 1501 S. Smith Road, U, by Elipheleth Acuna, same address.

A&B Scissors Hands, 902 N. Country Fair Drive, Unit 2, C, by Alvaro Burgos Hernandez, 35 Rebecca Drive, U.

Asian Taste, 502 E. John St., #109, C, by Linh Tran, 701 Doisy Lane, C.

Business and professional briefs March 17, 2013

New jobs

Champaign Fire promotes four to lieutenant. Todd R. Hitt, Michael L. King, Dominic A. Pasquini and Andrew J. Quarnstrom have been promoted to lieutenants at the Champaign Fire Department.

It's Your Business: One Week Boutique returns in April

The One Week Boutique children's consignment sale will return to Champaign-Urbana for four days this spring — April 13-16.

The sale will be held in space adjacent to Planet Fitness at 2002 Glenn Park Drive, C.

Piatt voters will have advisory say on rural lot size

MONTICELLO — Should Piatt County reduce the 20-acre minimum required for home-building on agricultural land? Voters will get a chance to chime in on this issue through an April 9 advisory referendum. The question was placed on the ballot by the Piatt County Board.

Jobless rates higher for most area counties

Champaign County's unemployment rate hit 9 percent in January, while Vermilion County's rate climbed to 11.8 percent, the state Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

Both rates were up from December — and also up from January 2012.

Local plant to expand for storage

CHAMPAIGN — A $2.4 million addition to the Silgan White Cap facility in Champaign will enable the container-lid manufacturer to store more materials in-house, the plant manager said.