Clothing drive set for those seeking employment help

Cleaning out your closets? Suits don't fit anymore?

The United Way's Emerging Community Leaders group is organizing a professional-clothing drive and a job-tips booth to help people who need jobs or clothing to wear to work.

The clothing drive is scheduled from Oct. 11 to Oct. 16 and will benefit the Center for Women in Transition and the Salvation Army.

Retirement fund buys controlling interest in Westchester Group

CHAMPAIGN – One of the nation's biggest retirement systems has bought a controlling interest in the Champaign-based Westchester Group, which has agricultural interests around the world.

Danville firm celebrates anniversary of partnership that kept it alive

DANVILLE – One year ago Thursday, Brad Irle and a group of private investors took over ownership of Th Snyder, a custom woodworking business that creates cabinetry, moldings, doors and more for high-end residential projects.

It's Your Business: El Toro 2 moving to old JBJ building

El Toro 2, at 1805 S. Neil St., C, plans to move up the street and into a brand-new space early next year.

Production to start by early spring at shuttered Rantoul pork plant

RANTOUL – Production at the Rantoul pork plant – which has been shuttered for a year and half – is projected to start in late winter or early spring.

Kurt Irelan, construction manager for new owner Trim-Rite Inc., said the company plans to expand the west Rantoul plant, which encompasses 12,000 square feet.

Former Station 211 reopens as Red Lion

CHAMPAIGN – The Red Lion has roared again.

On Friday evening, the Campustown bar formerly known as Station 211 reopened with a new look and a name that evokes the building's past as a live music hub for Champaign-Urbana.

Consultant hired to do area labor survey

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County Economic Development Corp. has hired a consulting firm to survey area employers about their work force.

The firm, Growth Services Group of Jefferson City, Mo., is expected to send the survey to employers electronically next week, said Erik Kotewa, deputy director of the economic development group.

Tolono in running, but unlikely pick, for pork plant

TOLONO – Tolono is being considered as a site for a pork-processing plant, but officials aren't getting their hopes up.

Champaign County Economic Development Corp. Deputy Director Erik Kotewa sent the village a letter about the plant.

Joliet-based firm takes Devonshire franchise

CHAMPAIGN – The new Coldwell Banker franchisee for central Illinois says it's likely to decide in the next 30 to 60 days which offices to keep open.

Joliet-based Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell has agreed to assume the Illinois residential real estate operations of Coldwell Banker Devonshire Realty on Friday, said Mike Prodehl, Honig-Bell's executive vice president.

No sure thing that Southwest will come to Bloomington after takeover of AirTran

CHAMPAIGN – Southwest Airlines' proposed acquisition of AirTran could bring Southwest service to Bloomington's Central Illinois Regional Airport.

But some folks who keep tabs on airlines say it's not a given Southwest will choose to keep flying to Bloomington.