It's Your Business: Hilton's first Home2 Suites in Illinois opens

Visitors to Champaign-Urbana have a new option for overnight stays — one with many of the comforts of home.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Champaign/Urbana opened Tuesday at 2013 S. Neil St. in Champaign's Carriage Center complex.

General manager Molly Mooney said the new hotel is the 78th Home2 Suites and the first of that brand in Illinois.

Basic training for business

MONTICELLO — When Samantha Koon decided to launch a new restaurant in Monticello, she felt she needed good advice to help make her enterprise a success.

Today's Special: Hatching an Idea

CHAMPAIGN — When word began spreading last year that Champaign Central graduates Sean Baird and Alec Gillespie were teaming with good friend Mark "Shades" Hartstein to open a chicken restaurant downtown, excitement among folks in the area began to grow.

Building permits, Feb. 7, 2016

Listed are 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.


Jeff Tock, remodeling and addition to single-family home at 412 Ells Ave., $67,000.

Wired In: Eric Minnick

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet ERIC MINNICK, 28, CEO of AE Machines. A computer science graduate of Stanford University, he earned an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Business listings, Feb. 7, 2016

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

ACME Elfworks, 44 E. Main St., C, Melissa Mitchell, 508 S. Chicago Ave., C.

Dalton Productions, 1907 Silver Hill Drive, U, Matthew Dalton, same address.

John Roska: Bank might be on the hook for security-deposit refund

Q: My former landlord sent a check to my roommate for the refund of our security deposit. The check was made out to both my roommate and me, but my roommate cashed it with just his signature. If my old roommate won't give me my share, can I make the landlord pay me my share?

Art Mart opens

Brian McKay, co-owner of Art Mart, takes us on a tour of the store's new location on Prospect Avenue in Champaign, which opened its doors on Friday. Formerly in Urbana, Art Mart's soft opening drew a big crowd.

#MailbagSneak: Only one Holly went to Mexico

Tom's Mailbag goes live at 2 p.m. Fridays. To submit questions, click here

Watson's Shack & Rail opening today

Watson's Shack & Rail, occupying the old Boltini's building in downtown Champaign, will have a soft opening today starting at 4 p.m. with a grand opening scheduled for Feb.