It's Your Business: Nutrition store is new mall tenant

One of the newest tenants planned for Market Place Mall in Champaign is a nutritional supplement store.

Complete Nutrition will sell weight-loss and sports medicine products and general health items such as vitamins.

Champaign getting first taste of Zac Brown Band

When the Zac Brown Band's single "Chicken Fried" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart, fans noticed.

And they started coming out in force to the band's concerts, said the band's bassist, John Driskell Hopkins.

Champaign hosting computing conferences

CHAMPAIGN – Two computing conferences are expected to draw a variety of attendees to Champaign-Urbana next week.

About 150 people are expected to attend the first High-Performance Computing Conference at the I-Hotel and Conference Center on Monday and Tuesday.

Trucking firm moves service center to Arcola

DAYTON, OHIO – The trucking firm Dayton Freight relocated its Danville Service Center to Arcola this week, according to company officials.

Dayton Freight Lines Inc., founded in 1981, is a privately owned transportation company headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, that has 40 service centers in 11 Midwest states. The company has had a center in the Danville area for many years, most recently on Ross Lane in Tilton, according to Vicki Haugen, president of Vermilion Advantage, Vermilion County's economic development office.

State pauses its premium payments to Health Alliance

URBANA – The state of Illinois' financial condition has become so bad that officials have told Urbana-based Health Alliance Medical Plans that the company won't receive any more premium payments from the state until Dec. 10.

Health Alliance insures 78,600 active state employees and employee dependents, and was last paid by the state Aug. 26 for the July premium. The state's average monthly premium payment to Health Alliance is $33 million, spokeswoman Jane Hayes said.

Local Saturn dealership to turn focus to luxury imports

SAVOY – Saturn of Champaign County plans to sell used, high-end imports after the Saturn brand goes away, the general manager of the Savoy dealership said.

Among the brands the dealership plans to carry are Acura, Audi, BMW, Infiniti, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes and Porsche.

Sports Publishing's old property going up for auction

CHAMPAIGN – The former Sports Publishing building on North Neil Street is one of 10 properties across Illinois and Indiana to be auctioned off Nov. 4 in Lisle.

The Chartwell Group, based in Park Ridge, plans to auction the properties at 2 p.m. that day at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle.

Wind energy students get massive learning tool

DANVILLE – Every college lab needs equipment for hands-on learning, but the wind energy program at Danville Area Community College has a much "taller" order to fill than most classrooms.

On Tuesday, a 145-foot wind turbine blade weighing 17,000 pounds was delivered to the DACC campus by a semitrailer truck stretching 173 feet in length.

New tricks on horizon for old Dog n Suds space

CHAMPAIGN – Ron Hitch thinks he's found a new use for what was once the world's largest Dog n Suds restaurant.

The building, standing empty on Champaign's Town Center Boulevard since 2001, was recently purchased by Hitch, whose family operates Balloon Creations in Urbana.

Visitors bureau to hire new director by week's end

CHAMPAIGN – A new executive director for the Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau could be hired later this week, the chairman of the bureau's board of directors said Monday.

The three finalists included: