C-U sold on marathon

Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart said there's no reason the Illinois Marathon shouldn't be back in town next year. In fact, he already has plans to make it a bigger event.

"I think we should think about having a concert or streetfest with it Saturday night to keep people in town," he said. "That was the only problem this time. Because of the Easter holiday, a lot of people left right after the race Saturday. We need to keep them here for the whole weekend."

Champaign County to host Money Smart Week events

CHAMPAIGN – More than 50 different workshops and classes on financial issues will be offered in Champaign County next week as part of Money Smart Week.

The free events – coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – are designed to educate consumers about money management and to answer questions they have about finances.

Body artists invited to session on health regulations

CHAMPAIGN – Owners of the seven body-art establishments in Champaign-Urbana, as well as the 21 body artists, will be invited to a future Champaign-Urbana Public Health District study session about regulating the businesses, the health board decided Monday.

Body artists have been regulated by the public health district for more than 10 years, said Jim Roberts, the agency's director of environmental health. But new state regulations license the businesses, not the artists. So Roberts suggested inviting the business owners and artists to a study session to help determine how the industry should be regulated locally.

Links to results of Illinois Marathon

Here are links to overall results for each of the races in the inaugural Illinois Marathon.

Fisher eatery owner lauds vote for liquor

FISHER – One businessman welcomes last week's vote that will permit liquor sales in town.

Thousands turn out for semiannual children's clothing sale

CHAMPAIGN – Christel Carter's arms were filled with dresses and shorts for her four children, ranging from 13 years to 4 1/2 months old.

And the items cost her only a few bucks.

It's Your Business: Yoga shop opening with art show

In conjunction with the Boneyard Arts Festival this coming weekend, the new Amara Yoga & Arts will debut with an art show in its new space on the east of Lincoln Square Village in Urbana.

Amara aims to showcase work by local artists, offer art workshops and art therapy for kids and adults. Yoga classes also will be offered. Yoga begins in May. The owners plan to have a variety of different yoga classes available, including classes for children, plus Pilates and meditation courses.

New UI business dean set to tackle challenges

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois farm boy. Economist with degrees from Bradley and Cornell.

Thirty-year University of Illinois faculty member. Long-suffering Cubs fan.

That's Larry DeBrock, newly appointed dean of the UI College of Business.

DeBrock, 56, faces several challenges – and opportunities – in the years to come, according to Ira Solomon, co-chair of the search committee that recommended finalists for the position.

Couple barreling ahead with container manufacturing

When Wendi Lindsay was planning her green products store, B. Lime, in Champaign, she knew she wanted to sell rain barrels.

But since B. Lime is an earth-friendly store and she wanted to keep the carbon footprint low, the last thing she wanted to do was order rain barrels from a distant place like Canada, she said.

Plans for music, water projects earn highest honors

CHAMPAIGN – A Web site to enable collaborative song-writing and a venture to provide access to safe drinking water took top honors in the V. Dale Cozad New Venture Competition this week.