Survey: Farmland prices down first half of year

URBANA — Typical prices paid for farmland were down 2 percent to 4.1 percent during the first half of this year, according to a mid-year survey by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Burger King buying Tim Hortons for about $11 billion

MIAMI (AP) — Burger King says it struck a deal to buy Tim Hortons Inc. for about $11 billion, a move that creates the world's third-largest fast-food company and could accelerate the international expansion of the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain.

Stock Analysis: What's behind Consolidated Communications' success?

During the last two weeks, Consolidated Communications Holdings stock (stock symbol CNSL on the NasdaqGS exchange) has frequently closed the day at record highs.

On Thursday, it closed at $23.92 a share, up 43 percent from $16.72 a year earlier.

Building permits, Aug. 24, 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.


Business and professional briefs, Aug. 24, 2014

New jobs

Reiter, Weide join Carle. Dr. Michael Reiter and Dr. Garry D. Weide have joined the medical staff at Carle.

Reiter works in diagnostic radiology. He received his medical degree from Rush Medical College, Chicago, in 2002, and served an internship and residency at Naval Medical Center, San Diego.

Business calendar, Aug. 24, 2014

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Urbana Blender. 5 to 7 p.m., Attie's Bar & Grill at Stone Creek Golf Club, 2600 S. Stone Creek Blvd., U. An opportunity to network with other Urbana Business Association members while enjoying complimentary refreshments. Contact Cynthia Chandler at

Thursday, Aug. 28

Business listings, Aug. 24, 2014

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

AVriculture, 508 W. Union St., #1, C, by Samantha Knoll and Alex Kreig, both of same address.

BV Cellular, 900 S. Mattis Ave., Suite D, C, by Paul Jiles, 3711 Pershing St., Danville, and Corey Jiles, 27604 N. 1575 E Road, Danville.

Life Remembered: Worden always drove for excellence

CHAMPAIGN — Not many people in Champaign-Urbana's automotive history handled as many franchises as Lloyd R. Worden Jr. did.

Mr. Worden, who with his partner Howard Martin formed Worden-Martin Inc., was a major player in the Champaign-Urbana automotive market for more than 40 years.

Playing it Forward

URBANA — As an independent video game designer, Luke Schneider has learned what works — and what doesn't — when it comes to selling games.

Over the last four years, Schneider's company, Urbana-based RadianGames, has issued nearly a dozen games, most available at app stores for download.

It's Your Business: Korean franchises making way to C-U

Champaign-Urbana is proving an attractive market for Korean franchises.

First up was Caffe Bene, South Korea's largest coffee franchise, which recently opened a cafe in the Gregory Place East building at Nevada and Gregory streets in Urbana. Caffe Bene has plans for a second location in JSM's Campus Center project near Sixth and Green streets in Champaign's Campustown.