Major expansion planned for FedEx Ground in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN -- FedEx Ground plans to make a major expansion to its Champaign hub over the next year, a company spokesman told The News-Gazette this week.

The expansion in the Apollo Subdivision in north Champaign could lead to an increase in jobs, though the company hasn't specified how many.

Daughter takes reins from Dad in Champaign store

CHAMPAIGN -- Tonya Horn follows in the footsteps of her dad as she and Chad Hoffman take over Rogards Office Plus in downtown Champaign.

Her father, Terry Poindexter, co-owned Rogards with Jim Beyer for the past 13 years. But in recent years, they considered retiring and selling the office supply business.

Village Mall redevelopment would yield 2 anchor stores

DANVILLE — Two new anchor stores will be coming to the Village Mall if the city council agrees Tuesday to a proposed redevelopment agreement with a Texas-based company that's buying the mall.

Urbana acknowledges residents' complaints about Solo Cup noise

URBANA — During a warm spell a few weeks ago, Douglas Kistler went to bed with the windows open.

At 1:30 a.m., he couldn't sleep because of the noise coming from his neighbor. He shut the windows and still could hear the sounds.

"If a neighbor is mowing the lawn at midnight, you call police. They deal with it," he said.

It's Your Business: Resale shop to aid energy efficiency

A new resale shop is opening in Urbana, and its sales will support a new effort to help area residents make their homes energy-efficient.

The Community Green Resale Shop opens today at 2200-A E. University Ave., U, in what used to be 4 Seasons Garage Sale.

Kohl's confirmed as retailer planning Danville store

DANVILLE — Kohl's is the national retailer planning to build a new store at the former K's Merchandise site, according to the city's proposed development agreement that the city council will consider at its Tuesday night meeting.

Property tax bills are in the mail

URBANA —Beware of what could be in your mailbox Saturday: the dreaded property tax bill.

Actually it's not too bad this year, according to County Treasurer Dan Welch, whose office doesn't set the tax rates but sends out the tax bills and collects the money.

Walgreens buying Carle RxExpress pharmacies

URBANA — Walgreens has agreed to take over the assets of Carle RxExpress and plans to continue to operate six of the 10 Carle RxExpress pharmacies, the company announced Thursday.

Henning firm's expansion to add 150 jobs

HENNING — A Henning food industry manufacturer will be hiring 150 additional employees as part of an exclusive agreement with ConAgra Foods to produce the company's cooking sprays.

First Busey earnings up for sixth quarter in a row

CHAMPAIGN -- First Busey Corp. continued to recover in the first quarter of 2011, posting its sixth consecutive quarter of improved earnings.

Net income totaled $9.1 million for the quarter that ended March 31. After dividends on preferred stock were deducted, net income available for common stockholders was $7.3 million.