Investors stay steady with retirement savings

Panic is so passe.

Investors are keeping their cool — and keeping their hands off of their retirement accounts — despite huge swings in the stock market that sent it careening to its worst start to a year ever.

'Death Wish' coffee wins Super Bowl commercial

NEW YORK — A coffee with an edgy name and made by a small business is getting a commercial in Super Bowl 50.

Death Wish Coffee Co. won a competition held by software maker Intuit for a 30-second spot during the third quarter of the big game on Feb. 7. The Round Lake, New York, company beat more than 15,000 other small businesses in voting by the public and Intuit employees.

Building permits, Jan. 31, 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.


JSM Development Services LLC, office alteration at 1604 Rion Drive, A2, $76,000.


Today's Special: Papa John's ready for Super Bowl blitz next week

CHAMPAIGN — Advertisers are thrilled that Peyton Manning, arguably the NFL's most prominent pitchman, will be playing in this year's Super Bowl. That includes one of the Broncos quarterback's biggest sponsors, Papa John's.

Whatever Happened To: The $2 bill

It's a collectible to some, spending cash for others. Either way, $2 bill 'will be around for a while'

It's Your Business: Artisan has concrete plans for new location

An artisan who has been producing products out of concrete for more than a decade in his garage has opened a business in a former grocery store in downtown Tolono.

Douglas Kistler, 56, of Urbana said he officially launched Uptown Concrete Design at its new location in the old Maggio's IGA building earlier this month.

Credit where credit is due

In a study ranking 2,547 U.S. cities with the most- and least-sustainable credit-card debts, Champaign and Urbana ranked near the bottom of the pack — Nos. 2,413 and 2,524 respectively.

Business listings, Jan. 31, 2016

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

Hammond Builders, 408 E. State St., Mahomet, Stephen Hammond, same address.

JD Maloney Photography, 1205 E. Florida Ave., Apt. B32, U, JD Maloney, same address.

Rosebud Contracting Group, 934 B Waterview Way, C, Britney Brown and Evan Brown, same address.

2 area plants downsizing

DANVILLE — Two Danville companies are starting the new year by reducing their workforces.

Thyssenkrupp Crankshaft at 1000 Lynch Road laid off 48 salaried and hourly workers this week because of a downturn in the heavy equipment market, according to Kellie Harris with Thyssenkrupp North America Regional Headquarters in Chicago.

El Nino's end could launch grain prices

CHAMPAIGN — The principal at a Watseka commodities firm anticipates the impending end of the El Nino could lead to higher grain prices sometime in 2016.

Merrill D. Crowley of Crowley Commodities told farmers at this week's Champaign County Farm Bureau meeting that it appears we are entering the end of the El Nino period.