Mediator called for Viscofan negotiations

UPDATED 9:55 p.m. Wednesday

DANVILLE — A federal mediator has been called in to help avert a strike by workers at the Viscofan plant in Danville, according to union officials.

Rantoul to discuss steps to allow microbreweries

RANTOUL — There are no microbreweries in Rantoul — yet, anyway. And there's no indication that anyone wants to start one soon.

But village officials believe provisions should be in place, and that will be the theme of tonight's Liquor Advisory Board meeting.

Building permits, April 17, 2016

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.


MKT Rentals LLC, new single-family home at 3325 Boulder Ridge Drive, $134,500.

MKT Custom Homes, new single-family home at 3323 Boulder Ridge Drive, $134,500.

Business listings, April 17, 2016

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

Acquasi Taxi and Limousine, 1702 E. Colorado Ave., Apt. 201, U, Acquasi Ansong, same address.

Alessa's Loving Hands, 2508 Prairie Green Drive, Apt. D, U, Alessa Dorris, same address.

Base Camp Society, 1207 W. Springfield Ave., C, Edward Miller, same address.

Wired In: Swarnav Pujari

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Swarnav Pujari, founder of Touch Light Innovations in Champaign. Its Power Pad generates a significant amount of power from the motion of foot traffic.

This old building has something new coming its way

CHAMPAIGN — Two years ago, Jeff Mellander sold his company — Precision Graphics — a move that drastically reduced staff.

That left Mellander with space to fill inside the historic Precision Graphics Building at 106 S. Neil St.

Today's Special: Expansion in back to help Gross Burgers move forward

DANVILLE — As much as he would like to, Brad Gross just isn't in a position to expand the dining room at his popular Gross Burgers restaurant.

But there is movement at the iconic burger joint on Henderson Street.

On the back end of Gross Burgers, they're adding a loading dock, storage space and a small classroom for Gross to use as a training space for his 20 or so employees.

It's Your Business: Helping on journey to fitness

A new studio that offers personal training and Pilates workouts has opened on Champaign's north side.

In February, owner Casey Coon launched 217 Pilates and Personal Training LLC, located in the 217 Medical Center Campus at 1806 N. Market St.

Dentist closing Paxton practice at month's end

PAXTON — One month after Dr. Todd Johnson closed his dental practice in Champaign, he has informed patients by letter that Paxton Dental Care would close "on or about April 30."

To blame for both: a lack of reimbursements from the state, a result of the ongoing budget impasse, he said.

Purchase will expand bank into St. Louis

CHAMPAIGN — First Busey Corp., the holding company for Busey Bank, is poised to expand its footprint to four states after it finalizes a purchase of St. Louis-based Pulaski Financial Corp.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter, around April 30, with First Busey buying Pulaski Financial for $210.7 million.