John Roska: When FMLA applies for sick days

Q: Can I make my employer give me medical leave? I need to be off several days for surgery, and don't have any paid vacation or sick leave that I can take for it.

A: If the FMLA applies, your employer must give you unpaid leave for surgery. Whether the FMLA applies depends on several things.

Retailers vary on opening for Thanksgiving

CHAMPAIGN — Many of the nation's biggest retailers will open their doors at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. But a few stores will open early that morning, while others plan to treat Thanksgiving as a holiday and wait till Friday to open.

Building permits, Nov. 23, 2014

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, description, location and cost.


Brian and Molly Neiswender, new single-family home at 54 Greencroft Drive, $1,580,000.

It's Your Business: New restaurant coming to Campustown

A University of Illinois undergraduate is planning to open a new restaurant in the heart of Champaign's Campustown.

Spicy Tang, a restaurant serving Asian fusion food, is expected to open in January, in time for the spring semester, said Martin Wan, a UI senior from Shanghai, China, with a double major in mathematics and economics.

Business listings, Nov. 23, 2014

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

Backspace Arts, 202 Denton Drive, Savoy, by Marcia Dalton, same address.

Diva Nail, 2508 Village Green Place, C, by Quan Nguyen, 1217 Julie Drive, C.

Forget Me Not Florals, 2707 W. Curtis Road, C, by Elaine L. Peppers, same address.

Business and professional briefs, Nov. 23, 2014

New jobs

Hamilton joins Busey Bank. Russ Hamilton has been named vice president and commercial business development officer for Busey Bank.

He will build commercial relationships in support of the middle market and business banking commercial lending teams.

Quick Read: C-U again near tops in job opportunities

For the fourth time in the last five quarters, Champaign has landed on the list of 10 U.S. metro areas with the most job opportunities per capita.

This time, Champaign ranked No. 8 on's list of metro areas with the highest number of open jobs and the least competition for them during the third quarter of this year.

IYB sneak peek: Christmas tree farm is new again

Remember the old Moore Christmas tree farm south of Urbana?

It's now owned and operated by BE Farms, a collaboration of August Borchers and Jacob Emberton.

They are selling choose-and-cut Christmas trees, as well as pre-cut trees, wreaths and swags, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 22)  through Dec. 24.

Strawberry Fields sets closing date; store will be for sale

URBANA — Strawberry Fields will close its store at the end of business Dec. 14, with the possibility of another store opening in that space in 2015, General Manager Jack Wallace said.

A liquidation sale at the natural foods store and cafe will begin Dec. 1 and run through Dec. 14, with discounts starting at 30 percent off.

Bob Marley heirs join U.S. firm to launch pot brand

DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press