More It's Your Business: Danville preschool plans focus on the arts

Parents who think their tykes and toddlers have a shot at show business might want to consider a preschool in the works for Danville.

Trish Ceader is planning to open the Little Hollywood Early Childhood Learning Center of the Arts in the former Win C. Smith Oldsmobile-Cadillac car dealership building.

Farnsworth Group engineers purchase of Foth's Champaign office

CHAMPAIGN — Farnsworth Group, an engineering and architecture firm based in Bloomington, has acquired the Champaign office of Foth Infrastructure & Environment, the company announced Friday.

Real-estate agents unfazed by July dip in home sales

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time in eight months, the number of home sales in the Champaign County area has failed to exceed that of the same month a year ago.

But despite the outcome in July, the president of the Champaign County Association of Realtors said he believes the real-estate market will remain strong.

Paxton Family Dollar store still closing by Aug. 30

PAXTON — Dollar Tree Inc.'s recently announced agreement to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc. will have no effect on the impending closure of the Family Dollar store in Paxton.

"The Paxton store, located at 100 W. Ottawa St., will be closing. This store will be closed by Aug. 30," Family Dollar spokesman Bryn R. Winburn said in an email Friday.

On the Money, Aug. 7, 2014

A local look at the cost of doing business.

24-29 cents

Specialty drugs push CVS income up 11%

CVS Caremark reported Tuesday that its second-quarter earnings jumped 11 percent to top expectations as specialty-drug use helped fuel growth for the drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager.

The Woonsocket, R.I.-based company also said it was raising its earnings forecast for 2014.

OSHA fines Arcola company over Savoy work site

An Arcola construction company has been cited for not following federal safety standards, following a visit by inspectors to a project site in Savoy.

Farmer finds niche in collecting used oil

SIDNEY — Is there new life for old oil?

There sure is, and Travis Loschen helps make it so by collecting used oil from farms and businesses throughout East Central Illinois.

It's Your Business: Project a chance for cyclists to share rides

Editor's note:  Get more business development news Monday at 7:40 a.m. on WDWS as the morning show crew visits with Champaign's Planning & Development Director Bruce Knight.


Quick Read: A Dollar (Tree) here and a (Family) Dollar there


With Dollar Tree Inc. agreeing last week to buy Family Dollar Stores, here's a look at how the dollar-store phenomenon has stretched to this area.

Where do Dollar Tree and Family Dollar overlap in East Central Illinois?