CHAMPAIGN — Home sales in the Champaign County area were down slightly in August from a year earlier.
But the president of the Champaign County Association of Realtors said pending sales remain strong, paving the way for a robust autumn.
A total of 282 homes were sold in August, down 2.4 percent from 289 in August 2012, according to the association's Multiple Listing Service.
MAHOMET — Farm Credit Services of Illinois will sponsor presentations by farm-safety experts Friday in preparation for National Farm Safety and Health Week next week.
Thursday, Sept. 12
These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:
Come 2 You Auto Repair, 701 N. Prospect Ave., C, by Jollar Reynolds, same address.
Go Calendars, 2000 N. Neil St., C, by Mitchell H. Jordan, 210 S. Church St., Thomasboro.
Once Upon a Cupcake, 402 Knolls Drive, Box 415, Philo, by Becky Franks, same address.
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, location, description and cost.
Henneman Engineering, new multifamily residence at 307 E. Daniel St., $2,686,827.
Several readers have asked over the past year whether Popeye's will come to Champaign-Urbana.
The answer is yes — and soon.
Rick Walimohammad, the Popeye's franchisee in Springfield, said he and his wife Susan plan to build a Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen just west of the McDonald's on Bloomington Road in Champaign.
Hobbico promotes three. Tim Smith, Randy Martin and Sally Meyer have received promotions at Hobbico, Champaign.
Smith was named vice president of the retail division. He will be responsible for managing sales, marketing and information systems for that division.
CHAMPAIGN — Two companies based in East Central Illinois appear on this year's Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing companies.
Champaign-based EP Technology Corp. was ranked 950th on the list, with three-year revenue growth of 457 percent, according to Inc. magazine.
A roundup of business news:
SPRINGFIELD — Doug Whitley plans to retire as president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce next year after 12 years in the job.
Whitley, 63, notified the chamber's board of directors of his plans Thursday, according to a chamber release.
Three area financial institutions were downgraded — two of them deeply — in the latest ratings from the BauerFinancial rating service, based on data for the quarter that ended June 30.
First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Central Illinois, based in Shelbyville, and First National Bank of Sullivan previously had BauerFinancial's highest rating — 5-star ("superior").