Job openings jump to record high of 7.3 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted the most open jobs in December in the nearly two decades that records have been kept, evidence that the job market is strong despite several challenges facing the economy.

Hoopeston's Bricks and Ivy Sports is a little shop of star power

HOOPESTON — Keith Bresnahan didn't know anything about his 50th birthday surprise — other than to "wear Cubs stuff" — before son Cody picked him up in Minooka and began driving south on I-57.

Investors who own Toys R Us' assets planning second act by holidays

NEW YORK — Toys R Us fans in the United States should see the iconic brand re-emerge in some form by this holiday season.

Street closure for 'Hub on Campus' high-rise work delayed

CHAMPAIGN — Public works officials have postponed the first closure of Sixth Street between Green and John streets in Campustown for work on the new "Hub on Campus" high-rise as a result of complications with construction.

Brexit's toll: British economy at weakest since financial crisis

LONDON (AP) — Mounting uncertainty over Brexit is weighing heavily on the British economy, which slowed last year to its weakest growth rate since the aftermath of the global financial crisis, official figures showed Monday.

US Steel cites Trump in resuming construction project

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Steel Corp. says it's restarting construction on an idled manufacturing facility in Alabama, and it's giving some of the credit to President Donald Trump's trade policies.

At Kleinmuntz Center, business meets genetic research

URBANA — A new center designed to broaden the public impact of genomics research at the University of Illinois has been launched by the Carle R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 11, 2019

The current issue of News-Gazette Media's Central Illinois Business is now available.

Editor Christine Walsh says this issue features stories about entrepreneurs who have found ways to turn their passion into a business venture.

Among the highlights:

Wired In: Aron K. Barbey

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood profiles a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet ARON K. BARBEY, the University of Illinois professor of psychology, neuroscience and bioengineering who is director of the Center for Brain Plasticity, the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory and the Intelligence, Learning and Plasticity Initiative.

Just Askin' | UI parking costs

Q: How much does a parking space on campus cost?

A: About $28,200, according to the 2018 Parking Master Plan, which recommended charging this fee for new buildings that would eliminate parking spaces.