It's Your Business: Five Points area to get salon, spa, photo studio

The retail spaces in the Gateway Shoppes at Five Points are filling up.

One of the recent businesses to sign a lease in the Urbana shopping center northwest of the intersection of University and Cunningham avenues is a salon, day spa and photography studio.

Seasonal layoffs down at Jeld-Wen

RANTOUL – Seasonal layoffs at one of the village's largest employers are lower this winter compared with last year, a company official said.

The Jeld-Wen window manufacturing plant in Rantoul's Industrial Park has laid off 76 employees this winter, compared with 90 in 2009.

Economic group hopes to meet with Liautaud

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County Economic Development Corp. officials have asked to meet with Jimmy John Liautaud in hopes of persuading him to keep the headquarters for his sandwich shop chain here.

Champaign County a finalist for new chemical plant

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County is one of four finalists for a chemical-processing plant that would employ 205 and involve a $250 million investment.

UI's financial status better, but cuts still possible

URBANA – A "cultural change" in how the University of Illinois manages its resources has the Urbana campus' financial picture looking brighter than it has in recent years.

There has been a 23 percent reduction in deficits for the campus, said Michael Andrechak, associate provost for budgets and resource planning.

Chamber plans to move to new space at State, Kirby in June

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce plans to move to the former Busey Bank/Suzi Davis Travel building at State Street and Kirby Avenue in Champaign this June.

Budget plans put Urbana in red for at least a year

URBANA – The city will face budget gaps for at least the next year while revenue streams struggle to rebound following the market collapse of several years ago, but comptroller Ron Eldridge said it could be worse.

Here's some help with 2010 taxes

CHAMPAIGN – OK, you have your W-2 forms, your 1099s and all other evidence of what you made in 2010.

Now you've got to face the task of filing your state and federal income taxes.

1. Hey, dude, where's my form?

It's Your Business: El Toro 2 moving this week

Popular Mexican eatery El Toro 2 will relocate to a few blocks north of its current location in south Champaign on Wednesday.

El Toro 2 is moving from 1805 S. Neil St. to the 1920s-era White Line Laundry Building at 723 S. Neil St., C.

Local firm among finalists in business plan contest

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign firm is one of six finalists in a business plan competition that will pay $10,000 to the winner.

Aptimmune Biologics will vie with companies from Evanston, Libertyville, Moline, Brookfield and Madison, Wis., in the 2011 Propel Business Plan Competition.