Only 5 percent of state corn planted

A roundup of agricultural news:

SPRINGFIELD — Cool weather this spring has delayed corn planting in Illinois, according to the state office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Only 5 percent of the state's corn crop had been planted as of Sunday, compared with a five-year average of 22 percent for that date.

GM, lawyers fight over bankruptcy protections

TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writers

Netflix poised to raise prices after strong quarter

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is preparing to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more Internet video programming such as its popular political drama "House of Cards."

Gauge of economy up for 3rd straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy's pace to slow.

Business listings, April 20, 2014

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

#1 Nails, 59 E. Marketview Drive, C, by Yen Tran, 503 Lauterbur Lane, C.

Deibert Homes, 1509 Hobson Drive, Apt. 9, Rantoul, by Matt Deibert, same address.

Paint The World, 202 Stanage Ave., C, by Josiah Feld, same address.

DOLLARS AND SENSE: Dude, where's my 32.2 percent raise?

The good news: NerdWallet recently deemed Champaign the third-fastest-growing city in Illinois, based on population growth, employment growth and income growth.

Business calendar, April 20, 2014

Tuesday, April 22

'Starting Your Business' seminar. 8 to 10a.m., DACC Hoopeston Learning Center, 847 E. Orange St. Considering a business startup? This two-hour session helps future entrepreneurs understand many of the steps and requirements of starting a small business. Cost $10. Register online at or call 442-7232.

Business and professional briefs, April 20, 2014

New jobs

Regency Apartments adds two. Tara Myers of Savoy and Tabitha Flahaven of Champaign have joined the accounting staff at Regency Apartments, Champaign.

It's Your Business: MC Sports plans move to bigger site at mall

MC Sports will move to a new, much larger location inside Champaign's Market Place Mall this summer.

The sports store, which has been at Market View Shopping Center for 20 years, has leased 24,000 square feet adjacent to J.C. Penney, according to Rich Zakes, district manager for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based sports company.

Building permits, April 20, 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, location, description and cost.


Ironwood Builders, new single-family home at 5011 Emmas Way, $280,000.

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