Today's Special: Deli with pizzazz turns 40

MONTICELLO — Opening a deli had never entered Harlean Swing's mind back in 1976. The former Los Angeles girl who had moved to Piatt County had much different goals.

"I had come into some money, and I was going to watch soap operas, travel and gets lots of plastic surgery," said Swing.

Tutoring firm to open local franchise

CHAMPAIGN — A Seattle-based tutoring company says it plans to open a franchise in Champaign, in part because of the "low academic progress rate" of local students in grades pre-k through five.

Philo Road grocery store calling it quits

What should be built in its place? Tell Urbana's Tom Kacich your solution here

URBANA — The County Market grocery store on South Philo Road will close permanently come 7 p.m. Monday.

Birkey's buying Farm Pride equipment dealers

CHAMPAIGN — Birkey's Farm Store Inc. has agreed to acquire the Farm Pride network of equipment dealerships located in Arthur, Casey, Mattoon, Newton and Shelbyville.

The acquisition is expected to close in mid-August.

UPDATED: Champaign's Ruby Tuesday closes

Our townie, Tom Kacich, has answers to all your restaurant questions. Ask them here

UPDATED 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Lawyers seeking more plaintiffs in suit against Syngenta

URBANA — A group of lawyers suing one of the world's largest agriculture businesses is coming to Urbana in hope of getting local farmers on their side.

The attorneys behind the organization Midwest Corn Lawsuit will host an informational meeting on Wednesday to discuss the case.

The case is a multi-district litigation against Syngenta, a Swiss agriculture company.

Portillo's to Chambana? Well...

OAK BROOK — When Portillo's, the iconic Chicago-area restaurant chain, announced earlier this year its plans to open its first central Illinois location in Normal, its CEO told our Tom Kacich that a Champaign location might not be far behind.

Area Update: Transgender bias alleged in suit against Rent-A-Center

URBANA — The federal government is suing a Rantoul store for allegedly discriminating against a former worker due to her sexual orientation.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Urbana against Rent-A-Center, 1404 E. Grove Ave.

The suit alleges the former assistant manager of the store was fired because she is transgender.

Business listings, July 24, 2016

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

Egan Woodworking, 405 Brookens Drive, U, Kenneth Egan, same address.

The Lion's Den Dojo, 1801 Gleason Drive, Rantoul, Torey Dean, same address.

Wired-In: Julian Sanchez

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, Julian Sanchez, 38, wants to make your lawn look good. He has a Ph.D. in human factors psychology from Georgia Tech with an engineering background.