Wired In: Melanie Keil

Each week, staf writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet MELANIE KEIL of Red Clover Reader, an online service specializing in the promotion of children's books. She is co-creator of the online platform with fiancé Armand Tossou, who is completing a Ph.D. in applied economics.

Wired In: Melanie Keil

Melanie Keil, co-creator of Red Clover Reader, talks about the service.

The Libman Company tour

N-G photographer Stephen Haas went behind the scenes at a 700-person company that makes some 500,000 brooms, mops and brushes a week in a 1.5 million-square-foot plant.

Libman, family honored as star in cleaning, community

ARCOLA — Despite helping build a nearly 700-person company that makes some 500,000 brooms, mops and brushes a week in a 1.5 million-square-foot plant, Robert Libman doesn't care for awards.

When asked how it feels to receive this year's V. Dale Cozad Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Parkland College Foundation, he demurred.

Business listings, April 15, 2018

These applications for assumed business names were filed with the Champaign County clerk's office:

K bella Collection, 1708 Valley Road, C, Amber Lewis, same address.

MomNeedsAClone, P.O. Box 348, Savoy, Jimmy Lacy and Marcia Lacy, 708 Goldenview Drive, C.

Pretty Girl Hair, 3433 Stoneway Court, C, Brandi Harmon, same address.

Building permits, April 15, 2018

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing over $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


C-U Under Construction, new single-family residence at 4705 English Oak Court, $450,000.

Hobbyists hopeful about Hobbico properties' future under Horizon

CHAMPAIGN — When Hobbico filed for bankruptcy protection in January, John Klapp was worried his favorite hobby company was going to disappear.

Facebook ads' precision knows no bounds

NEW YORK (AP) — If you wanted to tailor a Facebook ad to a single user out of its universe of 2.2 billion, you could.

Busey bank releases CEO pay ratio

CHAMPAIGN — First Busey Corp.'s CEO Van Dukeman makes 37.6 times as much as the median Busey employee, according to the company's proxy statement filed this week.

For the first time, public companies are required to release their CEO pay ratio.

Tom's #Mailbag, April 13, 2018

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Congress and the Legislature may not be doing much but the mailbag staff is working overtime on your queries.