Business and professional briefs, Feb. 23, 2014

New jobs

Risner joins realty firm. Lee Risner of Urbana has affiliated with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Champaign, as a full-time sales associate on the Jeremy Brandow team.

Risner, who has been in real estate since 2010, has experience in residential real estate sales, manages rental properties and is trained in short sales.

Business calendar, Feb. 23, 2014

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Building permits, Feb. 23, 2013

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, location, description and cost.


Bash & Schrock, new single-family home at 2804 Springhill Lane, $322,400.

USDA releases first data from 2012 Census of Agriculture

Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the initial findings of its 2012 Census of Agriculture. Here are some of the findings.

1. Illinois ranked third among the 50 states in terms of crop sales, behind California and Iowa. Illinois crops were valued at $14.1 billion, up 30 percent from the 2007 census.

It's Your Business: Heartland returning in two new locations

Heartland Gallery, the Celtic arts, crafts and gift store that recently closed in downtown Urbana, is coming back in two new locations.

Business owner Jan Chandler said she plans to open up a booth space in the new "north store" of Crossroads Corner Consignment inside the Whiteline Building at 723 S. Neil St., C.

Business listings, Feb. 23, 2014

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

1732 Creatives, P.O. Box 3056, C, by Cyrus Williams, same address.

Ask Joe to Mow, 1214 Cambridge Drive, C, by Joseph F. Asselin, same address.

Champaign Tattoo, 1410 N. Neil St., C, by Ray Allen Hughes, 4514 Lindsey Road, C.

Agency gearing up to help area youths

URBANA — An Indianapolis-based agency that coordinates services for youth hopes to move into its new Urbana offices as soon as Monday, the executive director of the local office said.

Choices Inc. has leased 6,500 square feet on the second floor of the County Plaza building at 102 E. Main St., U, with the expectation of having about 30 employees there eventually, Todd Schroll said.

Group backs moratorium on 'factory' livestock farms

CHAMPAIGN — An environmental advocacy group is calling for support of proposed Illinois Pollution Control Board regulations that would put new requirements on large-scale livestock farms.

ICC approves Coles-Moultrie route for power line

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved a route that would take the Illinois Rivers high-voltage transmission line through Coles and Moultrie counties.

The decision Thursday came as a relief to residents of southern Piatt and northern Douglas counties who mounted a campaign last summer to prevent the line from crossing their properties.

Rademaker named Young Professional

URBANA — Amy Rademaker, the rural health and farm safety specialist at Carle, has been named winner of the 2014 Athena Young Professional Award.

She was described as someone "who thinks critically, focuses on solutions and acts swiftly to address needs" in a nomination submitted by Jennifer Hendricks Kaufmann of Carle.

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