Danville bookstore closing Nov. 20

DANVILLE – A prominent downtown corner building will be vacant starting in December after the closure of the bookstore that is its tenant.

Dragon's Horde, the only store in the city specializing in used paperback books, new and used comic books and gaming supplies, plans to close Nov. 20.

First Busey Corp. shareholder meeting set for Dec. 2

CHAMPAIGN – First Busey Corp. raised $82.8 million in its public offering of common stock last month, the company reported in a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Urbana-based bank holding company sold 20.7 million shares for $4 a share to raise that total, the report said.

New convention bureau director selected

CHAMPAIGN – Jayne DeLuce thinks her new job as executive director of the Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau should fit her well.

DeLuce, who is scheduled to start Nov. 16, said she has a "passion" for the community, a marketing background and a career tied to tourism.

AT&T building demolition bids to be opened today

DANVILLE – City officials will open bids today for the long-awaited demolition of the vacant and deteriorating AT&T building, as well as bids for the possible demolition of the upper deck of the two-story Walnut Street parking garage.

Work on basins mostly on track, despite rains

CHAMPAIGN – Construction on two water detention basins between University and Springfield avenues have resulted in some big holes.

But the project, scheduled to be done by the end of next year, is mostly on track.

$5 million lien filed on still-incomplete M2 building

CHAMPAIGN – Several contractors are awaiting payment from a local development firm for work performed on the M2 building in downtown Champaign, prompting the contractors to file mechanics liens.

In addition to the liens, the sluggish economy and time-consuming repair rework have slowed the project's completion and hindered office and retail rentals.

Wet weather forcing farmers into timeout in the field

CHAMPAIGN – Too many rainy days are frustrating farmers and delaying the harvest this year.

But once crops are out of the field, it's possible this year's crop will be one of the biggest on record in East Central Illinois.

It's Your Business: Nutrition store is new mall tenant

One of the newest tenants planned for Market Place Mall in Champaign is a nutritional supplement store.

Complete Nutrition will sell weight-loss and sports medicine products and general health items such as vitamins.

Champaign getting first taste of Zac Brown Band

When the Zac Brown Band's single "Chicken Fried" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart, fans noticed.

And they started coming out in force to the band's concerts, said the band's bassist, John Driskell Hopkins.

Champaign hosting computing conferences

CHAMPAIGN – Two computing conferences are expected to draw a variety of attendees to Champaign-Urbana next week.

About 150 people are expected to attend the first High-Performance Computing Conference at the I-Hotel and Conference Center on Monday and Tuesday.