For the record: It pays to play at State Farm Center

All told, the University of Illinois will spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $170 million on the State Farm Center renovations — plus an estimated $760,000 for October's grand reopening.

Paxton B&B owner: 'The fix was in'

PAXTON — The owner of the TimberCreek Bed-and-Breakfast near Paxton, which is facing $80,000 in fines and other sanctions for violating the civil rights of a same-sex couple from Tuscola, said he finds it "a very strange coincidence" that two of the three commissioners who were tasked with reviewing his case for the Illinois Human Rights Commission happen to be either "LGBT activists or openly

Hamilton Walker's planning to open mid-month

CHAMPAIGN — Hamilton Walker's Steaks, Seafood & Spirits is planning to open either Dec. 12, 13 or 14.

Renovations to the building at 201 N. Neil St. are nearly complete, and over 100 employees are currently being trained, project manager Eric Feltman said.

"Our true focus right now is on training," he said.

Updated: 'So many smiles'

CLINTON — Given new life with votes Thursday by the Illinois General Assembly, the operators of the once-threatened Clinton nuclear power plant said Friday they’ll soon be ordering a supply of nuclear fuel to keep the plant in business.

Tom's #Mailbag, Dec. 2, 2016

Question for Tom? Ask it here

It's an abbreviated mailbag this week — sorry — because the staff spent most of its time covering the Legislature in Springfield. Believe me, that was a productive week.

Opening Sunday: ValuCheck

The latest grocery store concept to hit the area market makes its debut Sunday morning on Champaign’s west side.

ValuCheck, a lower-end store for grocery shoppers who are more cost-conscious opens at 7 a.m. at 1914 Glenn Park Drive.

UPDATE: Wide-ranging energy bill sent to Rauner's desk

SPRINGFIELD — The 29-year-old Clinton nuclear power plant — facing a June 1, 2017, closing date by Exelon Corp. — got a new lease on life Thursday night with the passage of a wide-ranging energy bill by the Illinois General Assembly.

Video tour of new Champaign pub

CHAMPAIGN — Scotty’s Brewhouse welcomed family and friends for a VIP grand opening of its new location on South Neil Street on Tuesday.

The restaurant will be open to the public at 4 p.m. Thursday.

On Tuesday, our Marcus Jackson went all Facebook LIve inside Scotty's. Watch the tour here

Discussion to focus on climate change's effects on agribusiness

The effects of climate change on agribusiness — from flooding to changing weather patterns to agricultural techniques — will be the topic of a panel discussion tonight at the Champaign Public Library.

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and CU-Citizen Access will host the event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Robeson Pavilion Room at the library, 200 W. Green St., C.

Business listings, Nov. 27, 2016

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

A 2nd Time Around, 104 E. Sangamon Ave., Rantoul, Pamela Hewerdine, 424 E. Grove St., Rantoul.

BDW Trucking, 311 N. Vorcey St., Tolono, Brandon Wilson, same address.

C. Hoki Design, 1910 Melrose Drive, Apt. A, C, Carli Hoki, same address.