Taco John's opens its doors in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A new Taco John's restaurant opened Monday morning at 902 Meijer Drive in Champaign, near the Carmike 13 theaters in the North Prospect Avenue shopping district.

Owner/franchisee Chris Saunders said the first 100 dine-in guests Monday received a "Golden Ticket" that is good for one free small order of Potato Oles every day for a year.

A new age of debt

CHAMPAIGN — In 1991, just 1.5 bankruptcies per 1,000 in America were filed by those 65 and older.

Twenty five years later, that number has quadrupled, according to University of Illinois law Professor Robert Lawless, based on preliminary data from the Consumer Bankruptcy Project.

Wired In: Cosmin Radoi

Each week, staff writer PAUL WOOD spotlights a high-tech difference-maker.

Business lisitings, Feb. 12, 2017

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

Ambros + Rivera Real Estate Investment Solutions, 3906 Summer Sage Court, C, Francisco Ambros and Melixa Rivera-Sustache, same address.

Bark Naturally, 107 E. Springfield Ave., Apt. 302, C, Simetra Scott, same address.

Today's Special: 2 Mexican restaurants coming to Tuscola

TUSCOLA — Two men from Mattoon have leased closed businesses in Tuscola and are planning on opening competing Mexican restaurants.

Jesus A. Grijalva of Mattoon has leased the former Los Potros Mexican restaurant at 208 N. Parke St. His new restaurant, Mi Veracruz Mexican Grill, is expected to open in two to three weeks.

Building permits, Feb. 12, 2017

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


Sunbuilt Homes, addition to single-family residence at 9 Litchfield Lane, $53,061.

First Busey makes bid to expand into Chicago suburbs

CHAMPAIGN — To help it expand to Chicago's southwest suburbs, First Busey Corp. is buying Joliet-based First Community Financial Partners for approximately $235.8 million.

The purchase comes after Busey expanded in 2016 to St. Louis with a $210.7 million purchase of Pulaski Financial.

Clock ticking on Gibson City golf course

GIBSON CITY — If a group of local investors is unable to strike a deal to buy the shuttered Railside Golf Course within a week, its owner intends to begin turning the 18-hole, 197-acre course into farmland.

Diagnosis or not, he's living all out

CHAMPAIGN — If there's anything at the top of Todd Salen's advice list these days, it's don't give up on your life.

"Live your life," he urges.

There may be nobody out there striving to do more of that than Salen himself.

Diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer a little over a year ago, the 59-year-old real-estate broker hasn't let his illness slow him down much.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 7, 2017

The voice behind one of this year's most-talked-about Super Bowl commercials is a 1982 graduate of Centennial High School.

PETER JESSOP, 52, narrated Audi USA's commercial that as of Monday night had more than 9.5 million views on YouTube.

"That's good for PR," said Jessop, a UI grad who lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Sherman Oaks, Calif.