Willard Airport flew higher in 2017

SAVOY — When Willard Airport added United flights to Chicago last June, officials hoped they wouldn't take away passengers from American.

So far they haven't.

American Airlines' load factor, which is roughly the percentage of seats filled on each flight from Willard, increased from 80.2 percent in 2016 to 81.5 last year.

Business listings, Feb. 11, 2018

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

57th Street Marketing, 1108 Highland Drive, Mahomet, John Spencer, same address.

Diamond Sports Training, 1728 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul, Andrew Cotner, 2120 Briar Hill Drive, C.

Midwest Landscaping & Hauling, 1922 E. Amber Lane, #105, U, Kevin Cooper, same address.

Booming UI Research Park running into potential growing pains

CHAMPAIGN — Since October, the University of Illinois Research Park has celebrated five grand openings for companies such as Country Financial and Monsanto, and the park's most recent building is already 75 percent full.

Fox/Atkins Development is also planning to build another building south of the feed mill on Fourth Street scheduled to open March 1, 2019.

Wired In: Wei Kang

Wei Kang, director of research and development at PhotoniCare, talks about the company's award at the 2018 SPIE Startup Challenge in San Francisco.

Tom's #Mailbag, Feb. 9, 2018

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Willard's passenger numbers soar 12 percent in 2017

SAVOY — After adding an airline and more flights in 2017, the University of Illinois saw the number of passengers flying out of Willard Airport increase 12 percent.

For the first time in 10 years, the number of departing passengers topped 100,000, said Gene Cossey, the airport's executive director.

Fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant opening in Illini Union

URBANA — A fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant is opening Thursday in the basement of the Illini Union.

Garbanzo will be taking over KoFusion's space in the cafeteria area next to Sbarro and Wendy's.

Whatever happened to ... manual transmissions

Automatic transmission cars have taken over in the United States, but not everyone has switched.

Tim Higgins of Monticello just bought a manual Jeep Patriot a few months ago.

Building permits, Feb. 4, 2018

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing over $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Walter Conroy, remodeling at single-family residence at 2601 W. Bradley Ave., $39,500.

Champaign's gambling cafes are slotted to lose out

CHAMPAIGN — Once his current liquor license expires, the check Joshua Stephens writes the city to run Libby's Lounge will jump from $2,400 to $4,200.

It won't put the gambling cafe on South Neil Street out of business, but the new rate — combined with the new $250-per-slot-machine fee — will make money a little tighter.