DONNA BRYSON, Associated Press
CHAMPAIGN — Folks attending Busey Bank's economic seminar Wednesday were more optimistic about the local economy than they were about the stock market, a survey shows.
The survey, distributed to the 600 or so in attendance, found they expect:
— Retail sales in Champaign County to total $2.8 billion this year, up 5.8 percent from 2013.
CHAMPAIGN — Busey Bank Vice Chairman Ed Scharlau believes Champaign County has more construction going on than any other county in downstate Illinois.
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (AP) — Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical.
BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press
Thursday, April 17
Following are 10 occupations. Can you rank them from highest- to lowest-paid, based on average wages in the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area in 2012?
Mark 1 for the highest-paid occupation; 10 for the lowest-paid.
___ Bank teller.
___ Elementary school teacher.
___ Farmer/rancher/ag manager.
___ Heavy/tractor-trailer truck driver.
Institute names assistant director. Sean Burke has been hired as assistant director for firefighting programs at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign.
He replaces Jim Keiken, who was promoted to deputy director in December.
A Paxton business has begun offering free delivery of pet food and other pet supplies to customers who live within 30 miles of the store.
Designer Dog Salon has been in Paxton for five years, and owners Justin and Courtney Bouse recently started Designer Dog Delivery to transport the products to customers' homes.