CHAMPAIGN — No more IHOP. No more Burger King. No more Garcia's Pizza-in-a Pan. No more Co-Ed Cinemas. No more Lot J.

All those landmarks along Green Street in Campustown are gone, razed to make way for big new apartment complexes for University of Illinois students.

Working outside the box

URBANA — Inside the doors of a downtown Urbana storefront, you'll find a design firm, a graphic artist, video and social media consultants, a health and wellness communications specialist and a freelance copy editor all sharing a common workspace.

Occasionally, you'll find a pop-up doughnut shop or home decor shop there too.

More downtown Urbana projects planned

URBANA — Matt Cho, who already brought [co][lab] and Cafeteria & Company to downtown Urbana, is collaborating with other partners on more projects downtown.

He's working with Dustin Kelly and Chenxi Yu to bring new uses to the former Concept College of Cosmetology building at 129 N. Race St., U. That building is north of the Courier Cafe and across the street from Masijta Grill.

It's Your Business: Shops coming to redeveloped Carriage Center

Starbucks is coming to South Neil Street in Champaign, and so is Panchero's Mexican Grill.

The coffee shop and restaurant will share a building at 2009-2011 S. Neil St., C, just north of the entrance to the newly redeveloped Carriage Center, said Tim Harrington of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty.

Business calendar, Feb. 15, 2015

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Business listings, Feb. 15, 2015

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

Dream Planners, 3008 E. Perkins Road, U, by Lynn T. Black, same address.

Ivory Kaye Consulting, P.O. Box 411, U, by James Carter Jr., 401 W. Dodson Drive, U.

Kibler Business Services, 2502 Chateau Drive, P.O. Box 174, St. Joseph, by Juli Kibler, same address.

Building permits, Feb. 15, 2015

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, description, site and cost.


Roland Realty, alteration to duplex at 1014 S. Oak St., $209,000.


Legislator seeks public's support for Clinton nuclear plant

CLINTON -- Central Illinois residents are being asked by state Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, to sign petitions to support the continued operation of the nearly 30-year-old Clinton nuclear power plant about 40 miles west of Champaign.

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Lower gas prices = more driving = more ethanol needed

DEWEY — Good news at the gas pump is good news to farmers as well.

Darrel Good told those attending the Dewey Bank Annual Farm Seminar Wednesday that government projections forecast an increase of 2 percent to 3 percent in fuel use among U.S. drivers this year. That would mean more corn-based ethanol consumption.