Marriott becomes world's largest hotelier, buying Starwood


Don't worry: Turkey, pumpkin pie will be on your menu

MINNEAPOLIS — Bird flu took a bite out of the turkey supply. Heavy rain washed out the pumpkin crop.

Yet Thanksgiving groceries likely won't cost Americans much more than last year, and nobody should have to miss gobbling down their favorite holiday foods.

Building permits, Nov. 15, 2015

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.


C-U Under Construction, basement finish at single-family residence at 1708 Mullikin Drive, $63,500.

Wired In: Lance Liggett

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week: LANCE LIGGETT, 26, founder of Hot Spot Response, a reliable, affordable, easy-to-use system for emergency responders to keep track of each other by phone. It also works with computers. He has been in fire service since 17, when he started as a volunteer.

Expert: Gas prices likely to hold steady

CHAMPAIGN — Ten years ago, other nations held many of the cards that controlled the prices you and I pay as the gas pump.

It's Your Business: Shipping business opens in Urbana

A new shipping, packing and mailbox business has opened in downtown Urbana.

My Office Plus opened last week in the Five Points Commerce Center at 510 N. Cunningham Ave., near Walgreens.

Business listings, Nov. 15, 2015

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

Back To Me, 804 W. Vine St., C, Jessica Foley, same address, and Donna Foley, 1709 W. Union St., C.

D & C Flooring, 138 Mitchell Court, Rantoul, Joel Cummings and Hector Domenech, same address.

#SundaySneak: KoFusion owner playing to college crowd

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Scotty's Brewhouse coming to town

CHAMPAIGN — Scotty's Brewhouse, which has a host of restaurants centered around Indianapolis, announced today that it will open its first Illinois location this spring at the Carriage Center in south Champaign.

Bar and grill to fill former D.G. Sullivan's in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — A bar and grill chain that launched two years ago in Kankakee is expected to open a third location this year, in downtown Gibson City.

Burgers & Beer has gained a following since opening in Kankakee in January 2013, then opening a second bar and grill in South Wilmington last July. Its third location will be at 109 W. Eighth St. in Gibson City.