Snuffed Out?

CHAMPAIGN — Don't expect Mahendra Patel to follow the lead of CVS in taking tobacco products off the shelves.

Patel, the manager of University Food and Liquor in Champaign, said cigarettes and other tobacco products account for 15 percent to 20 percent of sales at his convenience store at University Avenue and State Street.

Business and professional briefs, Sept. 14, 2014

New jobs

Krogstad joins research institute. Daniel Krogstad has joined the Illinois Applied Research Institute, Champaign, as a research scientist.

His specialty is in understanding and controlling the self-assembly of polymers, gels, composites and organic biomaterials.

Quick Read: Job vacancies likely to stack up in library science

This month The Conference Board came out with a report outlining occupations most at risk of labor shortage in the next decade.

"Librarians, curators and archivists" was third on the list, behind "water transportation workers" and "plant and system operators."

Building permits, Sept. 14, 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.


Coach House, new detached garage at 1015 W. Church St., $30,000.

Business calendar, Sept. 14, 2014

Monday, Sept. 15

Career & Employee Services Workshop. 1 to 5 p.m., Danville Area Community College Higher Learning Center in Hoopeston, 847 E. Orange St. Carla Boyd, instructor. Free. Call 283-4170 to make an appointment.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

John Roska: New law bans criminal box on job applications

Q: How does the new law on criminal records and job applications work? Does it make it illegal for employers to refuse to hire you because of a criminal record?

It's Your Business: Sears Hometown opens at Market View

Three months ago, Humberto Alessandrini said he hoped to have his new Sears Hometown store in Champaign up and running about Sept. 1 — and he came pretty close.

The store at the west end of Market View Shopping Center opened Thursday, offering home appliances, tools, lawn and garden equipment, mattresses and fitness equipment.

Business listings, Sept. 14, 2014

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

Design Decisions, 1717 S. Philo Road, U, by Lawanda Moore, 1704 W. Church St., C.

Greater Than Gates, 807 Hawthorne Drive, U, by Deon Cavett, same address.

Painted Sawdust Designs, 1211 S. Anderson St., U, by Dylan Cantrell, same address.

C-U wants IHSA ball back in its court

CHAMPAIGN — It's only a few months into the process, but already a committee is laying the groundwork for a bid to bring the IHSA's boys' basketball tournaments back to Champaign-Urbana.

Fitch downgrades RadioShack's credit rating

NEW YORK (AP) — RadioShack's credit rating was downgraded by Fitch Ratings Friday, a day after the electronics retailer warned it may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.