Labor Day: The meat cutter



By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

Jeff Baumann always dreamed of owning his own business, and a career in meat cutting led him to fulfill that dream.

Labor Day: The locksmiths

By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

When Denny Birt started working at a locksmith shop in high school, the job was manual.

It's Your Business: My Thai restaurant opening in Champaign

The owners of Siam Terrace in Urbana have opened a second restaurant in Champaign.

My Thai, at 2312 W. Springfield Ave., serves up Thai food, such as pad Thai and basil fried rice, and sushi, such as a crunchy roll with tuna and avocado served tempura-style with a spicy sauce.

Labor Day: The dressmakers

By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

This is part of a two-day look at the trades in East Central Illinois.

When Tina Colombo needed a dress for a special occasion as a girl, she didn't go to the mall or nearest dress store. She sewed something herself.

CEO says layoffs likely as focus shifts to commercial realty

CHAMPAIGN – The Devonshire Group will get out of the residential real estate business and plans to sell a majority stake in its architectural and engineering firms, Chief Executive Officer Thomas E. Harrington said Thursday.

Restructuring looms for Devonshire Realty firm

CHAMPAIGN – Agents at Coldwell Banker Devonshire Realty were told Wednesday to expect a reorganization of the firm.

"We were told that the company was restructuring, that commercial was breaking off from residential and that (the) residential (division) won't be known as Devonshire any longer," said agent Betty Gauze.

Sixteen employers in Champaign County have 500 or more workers

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois and Carle continue to dominate employment in Champaign County, but 14 other local employers in the county have at least 500 employees, according to a newly released directory.

East Central Illinois not a foreclosure hot spot, but filings are up

URBANA – Kevin Schoening's home in Thomasboro was his first and only one – shelter on a tree-lined street in a small town in northern Champaign County where he, his wife and their son lived.

Now more than a year after the house was sold at a Champaign County sheriff's sale, revisiting the past couple of years still makes Schoening feel unsettled.

As homeowners struggle, state trying to prevent fraud

Homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments should not have to pay pricey fees to firms that claim they can negotiate with lenders for them.

It's Your Business: Trio looking to launch Cafe Extraordinaire

A group of arts and entertainment enthusiasts and friends have a vision for a new downtown Champaign business.

Part cafe, part theater, Cafe Extraordinaire will be an entertainment venue where magicians, improv groups, comedians and more will perform while patrons sip macchiatos and teas.