Deal paves way for new Campustown high-rise

CHAMPAIGN — The city council has signed off on an agreement on an alley with developers planning a 17-story high-rise on the east side of Sixth Street in Campustown.

Just Askin' | Is Super Niro's Gyros closing?

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This week: Why is there a Ramshaw Real Estate sign in front of Super Niro's Gyros? Is it closing?

BZ: It's not closing and is still open. There were customers there this week and workers there said they have no plans to close.

Libman, family honored as star in cleaning, community

ARCOLA — Despite helping build a nearly 700-person company that makes some 500,000 brooms, mops and brushes a week in a 1.5 million-square-foot plant, Robert Libman doesn't care for awards.

When asked how it feels to receive this year's V. Dale Cozad Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Parkland College Foundation, he demurred.

Business listings, April 15, 2018

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

K bella Collection, 1708 Valley Road, C, Amber Lewis, same address.

MomNeedsAClone, P.O. Box 348, Savoy, Jimmy Lacy and Marcia Lacy, 708 Goldenview Drive, C.

Pretty Girl Hair, 3433 Stoneway Court, C, Brandi Harmon, same address.

Wired In: Melanie Keil

Each week, staf writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet MELANIE KEIL of Red Clover Reader, an online service specializing in the promotion of children's books. She is co-creator of the online platform with fiancé Armand Tossou, who is completing a Ph.D. in applied economics.

Wired In: Melanie Keil

Melanie Keil, co-creator of Red Clover Reader, talks about the service.

Building permits, April 15, 2018

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


C-U Under Construction, new single-family residence at 4705 English Oak Court, $450,000.

Hobbyists hopeful about Hobbico properties' future under Horizon

CHAMPAIGN — When Hobbico filed for bankruptcy protection in January, John Klapp was worried his favorite hobby company was going to disappear.

Today's Special | New truck launches with free food for homeless

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man is launching his new food truck today by providing free food to the homeless of Champaign-Urbana.

Erasmus Diaz, 35, has started up Hunger Force Mobile Kitchen LLC.

Diaz said he has lots of experience in the restaurant industry and decided it was time for him to have his own food truck.

The Libman Company tour

N-G photographer Stephen Haas went behind the scenes at a 700-person company that makes some 500,000 brooms, mops and brushes a week in a 1.5 million-square-foot plant.