Just Askin': Time to think about taxes again

What should I do by the end of the year to prepare for tax season?

Bryan James, manager at Martin, Hood, Friese & Associates in Champaign, has three suggestions in light of the Republican tax plan, which is expected to pass this week, though he cautioned that each depends on a particular taxpayer's situation.

Business listings, Dec. 17, 2017

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

Apple Jack's Painting, 208 Dewey St., U, Arthur Williams, same address.

Joy's Salon, 105 N. Mattis Ave., C, Joy Young, 207 E. Church St., C.

Lovely Lace, P.O. Box 6833, C, Robin Harris, 606 Autumn Fields Lane, Rantoul.

Wired In: Trudy Kriven

UI Professor Trudy Kriven, CEO of KeaneTech LLC, talks about the geopolymers her company makes that act as a replacement for cement at The News-Gazette's offices Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in downtown Champaign.

Wired In: Trudy Kriven

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech entrepreneur. This week, meet WALTRAUD (TRUDY) KRIVEN, a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois who's CEO of KeaneTech LLC.

Jimmy John Liautaud part of Horatio Alger Association's Class of 2018

CHAMPAIGN — Sandwich-chain owner Jimmy John Liautaud overcame childhood adversities on his path to success, said an organization set to honor him next year.

Liautaud, the founder of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, has been selected to become a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

Today's Special: Fast-casual pizza chain backed by LeBron coming to Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A pizza chain that counts NBA superstar LeBron James and former NBC News anchor Maria Shriver among its investors is coming to Champaign's north side.

Blaze Pizza is under construction at 2506 N. Prospect Ave., in front of the Champaign Walmart.

Landmark Hotel auction ends without a buyer

URBANA — After barely moving for more than two days, the bid for the former Landmark Hotel jumped in 36 minutes from $1.45 million to $3.95 million, where it ended up Wednesday afternoon.

But the owner’s reserve price wasn’t met, leaving the hotel still on the market.

Building permits, Dec. 10, 2017

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


New Prairie Construction, rooftop solar array for single-family residence at 4703 Chestnut Grove Drive, $56,152.

Oberweis brothers investing in C-U

CHAMPAIGN — After graduating from the University of Illinois, both of the Oberweis brothers have made it back to Champaign.

Joe Oberweis is bringing the namesake ice cream business to South Neil Street, with an opening expected in January.

Business listings, Dec. 10, 2017

These applications for assumed business names were filed with the Champaign County Clerk's Office:

CU Bands and Fans, 905 E. Harding Drive, Apt. 1, U, Terry Brown, same address.

Keya's Kreations, 2106 W. Springfield Ave., Suite E, C, Keya Ray, 615 Castleton Drive, C.

MCA Electronics, 3912 Tallgrass Drive, C, Michael Astorina, same address.