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.

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.

Wired In: Shubhankar Agarwal

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech leader. This week, meet SHUBHANKAR AGARWAL, a University of Illinois senior in computer engineering who founded Illinois AUV, a student group working to perfect an autonomous underwater vehicle.

Business listings, Feb. 4, 2018

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

Caregivers & Companions, P.O. Box 17186, U, Teri Miller, 546 County Road 1500 E, Tolono.

Charles + The Possibly Wilds, 1703 E. Lexington Drive, U, Jonathan Faw, same address; Charles Maybee, 11 E. Columbia Ave., Apt. 303, C; and Isiah Asplund, 404 W. Washington Ave., C.

Just Askin': Summer gas prices

Is it too early to get a read on gas prices for this summer?

Expect an increase, said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for price-tracking service GasBuddy.

Subway store in Champaign's Old Farm Shops closes

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The Subway restaurant at the Old Farm Shops has closed.

Customers eager to buy a foot-long or a 6-inch sub were disappointed to find the doors locked last week.

Tom's #Mailbag, Feb. 2, 2018

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Surplus space? Hardly

CHAMPAIGN — Discounted inventory at Champaign Surplus drew a crowd this morning at its downtown location.

At 9 a.m. today, doors opened as the outdoor retail store kicked off a sale that saw everything in the shop marked down between 20 and 50 percent off. Once the inventory has been depleted, the location will permanently close.

First Busey's fourth-quarter income up despite one-time charges

CHAMPAIGN — The recently passed corporate tax cuts should ultimately be beneficial for First Busey Corp. But first, the holding company for Busey Bank had to eat a one-time $8.1 million charge on tax-deferred assets.

Carson's in Danville among 42 Bon-Ton stores set to close

Updated 10:00 a.m.

DANVILLE — Josia Miller reckons she stops in to Carson's at the Village Mall in Danville about once week.

"It's a nice store," said Miller, who was shopping Wednesday afternoon for slacks for her husband. "You could always count on it for having nice brands and quality things."