Business listings, July 2, 2017

These applications for assumed business names were filed with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Adan Landscaping Service, 1107 W. Beardsley Ave., C, Adan Villasenor, same address.

GRZ Auto Sales, 810 Dennison Drive, #4, C, Roger Benting, 10 Bridle Lane, U.

Just Askin': Champaign County Freedom Celebration's grand finale

How many fireworks are shot off during the Champaign County Freedom Celebration display?

More than 3,000, said Mike Cartolano, president of Indiana-based Melrose Pyrotechnics, which is running the July 4 show: "It's about 1.5 tons of explosives."

They'll be shot off nonstop for the roughly 25-minute show, said Freedom Celebration President Margaret Givens.

Today's Special: Daily Bread Soup Kitchen averaging 270 meals a day

CHAMPAIGN — A downtown Champaign soup kitchen is serving more meals than ever.

The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen at 116 N. First St. distributed 280 meals on June 23, treasurer Stevie Bennett said. That's a record for a Friday, she said.

Overall the soup kitchen is averaging 270 meals a day.

ABC settles $1.9B 'pink slime' lawsuit with meat producer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement Wednesday in a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the American network over its reports on a lean, finely textured beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime."

Car-X franchisee on sale: 'A little bit more of a simple existence'

CHAMPAIGN — In what he described as an effort to simplify his life, businessman Parham Parastaran sold his 16 Car-X locations and started pitching a memoir to publishers.

Rail line spurs Brainerd Chemical's interest in Danville site

DANVILLE — An Oklahoma-based chemical company hopes to expand its newest facility in Danville, which is conveniently located next to a rail spur that could be the key to future growth.

Eastern Illinois Foodbank among those getting donations from Prairie Farms

CARLINVILLE — Prairie Farms is celebrating National Dairy Month by donating 14,500 gallons of milk, or 232,000 servings, to food banks across the Midwest.

Among them is the Urbana-based Eastern Illinois Foodbank, which will receive 500 gallons worth of vouchers.

Top of the Morning, June 27, 2017

Before we announce the 10th class of Central Illinois Business Magazine's Forty Under 40 winners, a shout-out to the all-star judges who made it possible.

UPDATE: Revised Landmark Hotel offer 'never went anywhere'

URBANA — Urbana has rejected the proposed Landmark Hotel renovation project over concerns about its cost to taxpayers.

New-Jersey based Crimson Rock Capital requested $9.5 million in city funds for its $24.5 million proposal to redevelop the hotel into a Hilton Tapestry boutique hotel.

Over 20 years, the city would have had to pay $15 million, the city said.

Wired In: Jonathan Balthazar

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. Meet JONATHAN BALTHAZAR, who co-founded Cedar Technologies and is still a student at the University of Illinois. He and his team want to help save people from diseases like malaria with new technologies in developing countries.

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