Just Askin': The numbers behind Portillo's

How big is Portillo's?

Well, these some numbers provide a glimpse.

Portillo's sold "a little over 5 million cakes" last year, founder Dick Portillo said this week.

Overall, Portillo's had more than 32 million transactions last year, he said.

It also has two commissaries totalling over 110,000 square feet.

Building permits, May 21, 2017

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


Timbercreek Developers, new single-family residence at 1608 Congressional Way, $360,000.

Busey banking on fitness

About a year ago, Busey converted part of the first floor of its downtown Champaign office to a gym, complete with treadmills, ellipticals, weights and motivational messages on the walls.

Busey Wealth Management Assistant Vice President Bryan Snodgrass uses it several times a week.

Jobless rates hit record lows in 3 states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Solid hiring nationwide led unemployment rates to touch record lows in three U.S. states last month.

CHI Overhead Doors workers get surprise first dividend

ARTHUR — About 700 employees at CHI Overhead Doors were surprised Thursday with dividends from stock in their own company.

After private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co bought CHI in 2015, employees were granted stock options, and two years later, KKR is issuing its first dividends.

05-18-17 Busey Money Talk @Busey

05-18-17 Busey Money Talk @Busey: Play now!

05-18-17 Busey Money Talk.  Kevin Melchiorre and Arron Sutton of Busey Wealth Management cover the markets and have a conversation with Ed Scharlau, Vice Chairman Busey Bank, on the recent 65th Economic Seminar at Busey Bank.


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First look: Portillo's in Champaign


Top of the Morning, May 18, 2017

Each year, we contribute a scholarship in the name of our Farm Leader program to the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation. This year's recipient is 20-year-old Megan Myerscough, a 2015 graduate of Mahomet-Seymour High School who will be recognized at Friday's Foundation Scholars banquet in Champaign.

Prairieland Boy Scouts honoring Atkins family as distinguished citizens

After saluting LOU HENSON in 2015 and PHYLLIS and KYLE ROBESON a year later, the Prairieland Council of the Boy Scouts tonight will present its Distinguished Citizen Award to another household name in Champaign-Urbana: THE ATKINS FAMILY.

Summer travel: Planes, trains or automobiles?

The summer travel season is about to begin, and travelers have to decide: planes, trains or automobiles?

Relatively low fuel costs are helping planes and trains.