Convention bureau's HQ moving to downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN -- The Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau will move to the Atkinson Monument building in downtown Champaign this spring.

The bureau will occupy most of the first floor at 108 S. Neil St., C, while current occupant Precision Graphics will have most of its offices on the second floor.

Union plans strike if UI deal isn't reached in 2 weeks

URBANA -- A union representing food service and building workers at the Urbana campus has announced an intent to strike if it does not reach agreement with the University of Illinois in the next 14 days.

Christie sends transcription work to Massachusetts

CHAMPAIGN -- Christie Clinic will be outsourcing its medical-transcription work to a firm based in Burlington, Mass., starting April 30.

The clinic's contract with Nuance Transcription Services was arranged as a cost-saving move, but job offers for Christie Clinic's 19 transcriptionists were part of the deal, said Christie Clinic spokeswoman Karen Blatzer.

It's your business: Casual restaurant now open in Urbana

A new casual restaurant has opened in Urbana.

Fin-N-Feather, which features everything from catfish dinners to chicken wings, opened last month at 805 S. Philo Road.

SEC woes engulf man's associated firms

CHAMPAIGN -- Tim Roth's troubles with the Securities and Exchange Commission have cast a cloud over the future of several businesses associated with him.

The 55-year-old Urbana man has been accused by the SEC of taking more than $6 million from deferred-compensation plans he was advising, and diverting it to accounts and companies under his control.

Volition to lay off 16 employees

CHAMPAIGN -- Video game producer Volition has notified 16 employees they'll be laid off April 12.

After the layoffs, the downtown Champaign studio will still have about 220 full-time employees, Volition President Mike Kulas said Friday.

Champaign County jobless rate drops; most others rise

CHAMPAIGN -- Champaign County's unemployment rate dropped in February, while most other counties in East Central Illinois saw an increase.

Champaign County's rate fell to 8.3 percent in February, down from 8.4 percent in January, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

More than 50 events planned for Money Smart Week in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN — More than 50 events are planned in Champaign County next week in connection with Money Smart Week.

Topics cover a range of personal finance issues, including identity theft, saving for college, retirement planning, credit scores, debt management, buying a home, and trusts, wills and estate planning.

Unit 4 board OKs 206 layoffs; most will be rehired

CHAMPAIGN -- The Champaign school district approved laying off 206 employees at its meeting Monday night.

But no more than 20 jobs are being lost, said Beth Shepperd, assistant superintendent for human resources.

And, she said, "We hope we can do most of this through attrition."

It's Your Business: Coffee retailer to take puppy place's mall space

No more puppies are being sold at the mall.

Furry Babies, a regional chain of stores that sells puppies in a nursery-room type of setup, closed last Sunday at Market Place Mall in Champaign.

In its place will be Biggby Coffee. The Michigan-based coffee retailer has been expanding into Illinois recently.