Today's Special: Recipe for succes at new Monticello bakery

MONTICELLO — A White Heath couple plans to open a bakery in downtown Monticello in October.

Jeff and Susie Ryan are calling the sweet shop Susie Lu's Cakes and Pastries.

"We intend to have a location on the downtown square," Susie Ryan said.

The shop will use locally sourced ingredients.

Building permits, April 30, 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.


Pettyjohn Builders, new single-family residence at 1604 Eagle Road, $405,000.

Crop stoppers: Fighting weeds on farms

CHAMPAIGN — In a lot of ways, weeds are like crops.

They need pretty much the same resources crops need. The main difference?

"A weed is a plant that's growing somewhere we don't want it to grow," said Aaron Hager, a University of Illinois weed scientist.

Business listings, April 30, 2017

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

Beyond Beauty Studio, 2006 Middleton Drive, Apt. 214, Mahomet, Monica Conrod, same address.

Creative Images Hair Designs, 201 W. Springfield Ave., Suite 212, C, Shywana Elzy, 1407 Honeysuckle Lane, C.

Wired In: Emma Mercier

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet EMMA MERCIER, a University of Illinois curriculum and instruction professor with a doctorate from Stanford. A native of Ireland, Mercier, 37, still eats meat sometimes, but teaches children about its impact on our environment, in terms of both the carbon and water it takes to produce.

Just askin': Champaign-Urbana umemployment

How many people are considered unemployed in Champaign-Urbana?

Each month, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the local unemployment rate and the number of jobs gained or lost. Along with that comes the number of people considered unemployed.

On Gateway Exchange developer's list: Restaurant, gas station

CHAMPAIGN — A restaurant and gas station with convenience store could be the first commercial developments on the way to join Carle at the Curtis Road interchange at Interstate 57.

Top of the Morning, April 29, 2017

Fred Kroner was in seventh grade when he first contacted the Mahomet Citizen (then called the Mahomet Sucker State).

So long, and thanks for all the gyros

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time in nearly 35 years, Matt Mortenson doesn't know what he'll be doing next week.

The longtime Zorba's owner sold the Campustown institution to Alex and Eleni Anastasiadis, and Mortenson's last day is today. The Anastasiadises take over Saturday.