Rauner presses for balanced budget in visit to Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Gov. Bruce Rauner paid a visit to a Champaign business Wednesday to call for the state to enact a balanced budget and freeze property taxes.

"We need a budget that works for the people of Illinois," Rauner told a crowd of about 55 people gathered at HL Precision Manufacturing near the Round Barn Centre shopping area.

Davis, fellow Illinois lawmaker seek details on United incident

WASHINGTON — Two congressmen from Illinois who sit on the House Transportation Committee have asked the federal Department of Transportation for more information about Sunday's incident in which a United Airlines passenger was forcibly removed from an plane by airport police officers on the ground at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Champaign council OKs video gambling at 2 more businesses

CHAMPAIGN — The city council voted Tuesday to allow two newly licensed video-gambling establishments to set up terminals, while noting that the negative effects of video gambling should continue to be addressed.

Danville's Cannon Place is ready for its close-up

DANVILLE — A new 65-unit supportive housing complex for veterans is ready for its public debut, thanks to the Home Depot.

A crew from the home improvement store in Champaign, along with several community volunteers, spent several hours Tuesday landscaping Cannon Place and building four raised garden beds ahead of the property's ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication on April 20.

No takers for Champaign MC Sports store's lease

What is Market Place missing? Tell Tom Kacich here

CHAMPAIGN — As part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, MC Sports tried Tuesday to auction off the leases of 58 of its stores, including the one in Champaign.

News-Gazette outsourcing printing, packaging

CHAMPAIGN — News-Gazette Media announced Monday that it will be phasing out its local printing and packaging operations in the coming months.

At the end of the transition, all printing and packaging services will be provided by the Journal Star in Peoria. The Journal Star offers more modern equipment and facilities, which allow for improved print reproduction quality at a lower cost.

Business listings, April 9, 2017

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

90's Daughter, 1503 W. Green St., C, Michael Esteves, same address.

Aerial View Aviation, 1604 S. Division St., Apt. A-2, Mahomet, Amanda Shay, same address.

BILOGOS, 1102 E. Colorado Ave., #214, U, Dodzi Akotia, same address.

Competition has hair businesses going a cut above

CHAMPAIGN — Hairdos come and go, but Gene Ankenbrand has been a constant in the local hair industry, cutting styles he didn't always understand.

"Back in the '70s, long hair was in, and we weren't sure how to cut that, so we turned everyone down," Ankenbrand, 75, said. "After a couple years, we started cutting the longer hair and that worked out."

Today's Special: Seafood's the catch every day at Danville ex-pizzeria

DANVILLE — The former Monical's Pizza restaurant at 1511 N. Bowman Ave. in Danville is seeing new life as a seafood place.

Shark's Grill opened Wednesday in the converted pizza eatery.

Owned by Mohammad Allan, a former chef at the Firehouse Restaurant in Danville, the new restaurant offers a variety of fish.

Just Askin': First Busey Corp.'s incorporation location

Why is First Busey Corporation incorporated in Nevada?

While First Busey Corporation is headquartered in Champaign, it has been incorporated since 1993 in Carson City, Nev.