It's Your Business: T. Kelly Jewelers planning to close

Longtime jeweler Tim Twedt is closing his Champaign store, T. Kelly Jewelers, later this spring or early summer.

The closing comes a few months after one of the most profitable years he's had, but due to health reasons, Twedt, 60, said he needed to close the store.

UI alumnus returning to C-U in lead of "Drowsy Chaperone"

Last time Roberto Carrasco sang at the University of Illinois, he performed as a grad student at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Area Jews begin preparing for Passover observances

Jewish faithful will be cleaning their kitchens this weekend to get rid of crumbs of chometz.

The term refers to food and drink made from leavened or fermented grains that should not be eaten during the Passover holiday.

New Clifton Gunderson CEO: Be an information sponge

CHAMPAIGN – Krista McMasters started in accounting – and ended in accounting – at the University of Illinois. But en route to getting her bachelor's degree, she thought about other fields.

McMasters, who's scheduled to become chief executive officer of the Clifton Gunderson accounting firm in June, confessed on campus Thursday that at times, she didn't know whether she wanted to wind up in accounting.

Books by the Bushel event to help stock library shelves

CHAMPAIGN – Community members can help stock the libraries of area schools this weekend.

The 13th annual Books by the Bushel will be held at Barnes & Noble bookstore, 65 E. Marketview Drive, C, beginning today and going through Sunday. The event is sponsored by the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana.

Medicine disposal set for April 20-26

URBANA – Have any leftover or expired medicines around the house?

You can dispose of them safely by bringing them to eight Carle RXExpress locations in Champaign and Piatt counties during the week of April 20-26.

UI's flash economic index falls another point in April

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois flash economic index fell by a full point in March to 95.3, indicating the Illinois economy continued to shrink.

The index was the lowest it's been since November 2002, when the state was emerging from recession.

Unemployment rates up in all but one area county

CHAMPAIGN – The good news is that DeWitt County's unemployment rate stayed the same in February.

The bad news is that every other county in East Central Illinois saw unemployment rate increases from January.

Special-use permit approved for Savoy pet facility

SAVOY – Dogs in the area may really have something to wag their tails about once the owners of TailWaggers Pet Chateau, 113 E. Church St., construct their new facility.

The village board Wednesday unanimously approved Katherine and Steve Berns' request for a special-use permit, which was required because the area they wanted to build in was zoned light industrial.

Competition, economy doom Rantoul Save-A-Lot

RANTOUL – The Rantoul Save-A-Lot grocery store will close later this month, thanks to the town's struggling economy and competition from the world's largest retailer.

Jerry Reynolds, president of Champaign-based Kirby Foods that has operated the Rantoul Save-A-Lot for about five years, says business at the store hasn't been good since the 2007 opening of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in town.