Bike-sharing service pedaling its way to C-U

CHAMPAIGN — A bicycle-sharing program, similar to the Zipcar auto-sharing business that has operated locally since 2008, could debut in Champaign-Urbana next spring.

Willard hopes Flightstar's new hangar is a big draw

CHAMPAIGN — Introducing Hangar 10.

It's Flightstar Corp.'s newest aircraft maintenance building, and its presence could be a positive sign for Willard Airport and passengers down the road.

Hangar 10 was built to maintain larger aircraft serviced by Flightstar, an aviation service business based at Willard.

Portillo's starting construction soon with eye on spring opening

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CHAMPAIGN — It's official: Portillo's is coming to Champaign, sometime in the spring.

Take a tour of Hamilton Walker's

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, business writer Ben Zigterman took a video tour of downtown Champaign's soon-to-open steakhouse, from the bar to the dining rooms to even the restrooms.

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Clinton High rolling out red carpet for Wednesday bill signing

CLINTON — Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign the Future Energy Jobs bill — legislation that keeps the Clinton nuclear power plant open for at least 10 more years — around 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Clinton High School gymnasium.

The power plant's value provides $8.3 million in property taxes annually to the Clinton school district, or about 53 percent of its assessed valuation.

Business listings, Dec. 4, 2016

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

A.R. Cleaning and Floor Stripping and Waxing, 1210 Crispus Drive, C, Albert Redman, same address.

Hoof & Paw Pet Sitter, 141 Woodlake Road, Seymour, Jessica Zindars and Martha Clipp, same address.

Newsroom veteran promoted to online editor

CHAMPAIGN — Niko Dugan has been named online editor at The News-Gazette.

Dugan, a News-Gazette copy editor since 2005, has been interim online editor since Mike Howie retired in July.

As online editor, Dugan will be responsible for posting articles, photos and videos to the paper's website and many social-media outlets.

Wired In: Quesnell Hartmann

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet QUESNELL HARTMANN, co-founder with David Ahmari of Champaign's EpiWorks. It's now a division of II-VI Inc., a major manufacturer of compound semiconductor wafers. Epiworks is quadrupling in size, having just broken ground on a new production facility.

Today's Special: Caribbean Grill adding restaurant

CHAMPAIGN — The team behind a popular Champaign-Urbana food truck is opening a standard restaurant on the city's south side.

Mike Harden, executive chef and owner of Caribbean Grill food truck, is set to bring its Jamaican-influenced cuisine to the Shoppes of Knollwood on South Neil Street.

Building permits, Dec. 4, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling costing more than $35,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Smith/Burgett Architects, alteration for Caribbean Grill restaurant at 2135 S. Neil St., $133,000.