Layoffs hit Volition

CHAMPAIGN — Just a month-and-a-half after its latest release, local video game developer Volition is making major layoffs.

Autumn arrival: Pumpkins, farmers ready for cooler weather, willing pickers

CHAMPAIGN — Pumpkin sellers can't wait for fall weather to finally begin today.

With temps in the 90s the past few days, sales have been down.

"It was too hot," said Donna Negangard, of Negangard Pumpkin Patch in Sidney. "Wednesday, it starts to get cooler. I think it will pick up then, but who knows?"

Paxton B&B: Taking appeal to state Supreme Court

CHICAGO — A Christian bed-and-breakfast west of Paxton is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse the Illinois Human Rights Commission's finding that the B&B discriminated against a same-sex couple six years ago, along with the $80,000 in penalties the commission imposed against it.

Today's Special: Chinese native opens Kung Fu Korean BBQ near campus

CHAMPAIGN — A Shanghai native has opened a combination Chinese/Korean restaurant on the University of Illinois campus.

Helen Xu moved to the United States 20 years ago. Today, she is running Kung Fu Korean BBQ at 510 E. John St., C. The eatery, which employs seven, serves lunch and dinner.

Building permits, Sept. 24, 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.


Steven and Desiree Jones, new single-family residence at 1403 Wyndemere Point Drive, $1,396,300.

Champaign-born developer headed to prison for fraud in Quad Cities

CHAMPAIGN — Developer Todd Raufeisen spent six years defrauding 22 investors out of $1.7 million in the Quad Cities area.

Now he'll spend six years in federal prison.

The Champaign native and University of Illinois graduate pleaded guilty in May to wire fraud and money laundering from 2010 to 2016 and was sentenced earlier this month.

Business listings, Sept. 24, 2017

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

Call Number, 1717 W. Kirby Ave., #311, C, Jamillah Gabriel, 2526 Leeper Drive, #2, C.

Cherub Candle Co., 609 N. Craig Drive, Mahomet, Rebecca Seymour, same address.

Family Resale, 2790 Route 45 South, Rantoul, Harley Zook, 178 Fountain Valley, Rantoul.

Thieves likely got your personal data

CHAMPAIGN — It takes less than a minute to find out online if you're potentially affected by the massive Equifax data breach. But some experts contend consumers are safer assuming they're one of the 143 million unlucky ones.

In other words: Go ahead and check, but even if you get good news, consider taking steps to protect yourself.

Just Askin': Keeping the roads clean

When do street sweepers operate?

With leaves starting to fall, the sweepers have been getting busier, but they don't have set schedules in Champaign or Urbana.

In Urbana, at least one street sweeper is rotating through the town year round, operations manager John Collins said.

Wired In: Matt Caesar

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech entrepreneur. This week, meet MATTHEW CAESAR, co-founder and chief science officer of Veriflow and an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois. He has Ph.D.