First Mid-Illinois to acquire 12 offices from Old National

MATTOON — First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust will expand its footprint into southern Illinois with the acquisition of 12 Old National Bank branches.

The Mattoon-based bank announced late last week that it will acquire two offices each in Carbondale and Harrisburg and one office each in Murphysboro, Carterville, Marion, Mount Vernon, Lawrenceville, Mount Carmel, Carmi and DeSoto.

CEO oversaw years of change

CHAMPAIGN — Human Kinetics — and the publishing industry — changed greatly during Brian Holding's 17 years as CEO.

"The greatest challenge has been in the last six years when we, as a business, faced tremendous transformation in our industry," said Holding, 62, of Champaign. "It changed the way we produce books. It changed what we produced. It changed to whom we sell."

It's Your Business: Loving Paws plans Savoy clinic in June

A longtime veterinarian in the Champaign-Urbana area plans to open a veterinary clinic in Savoy, with an emphasis on making visits as stress-free as possible for pets and people.

Dr. Ellen Kuchenbrod hopes to open Loving Paws Pet Clinic about June 1 on an out-lot in front of the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

New chapter for Human Kinetics

CHAMPAIGN — The director of Human Kinetics' Journals Division has been chosen as the company's next chief executive officer.

Skip Maier is scheduled to succeed longtime CEO Brian Holding in January 2016, when Holding plans to direct his time to business development for the health and fitness publishing company.

Building permits, Feb. 1, 2015

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Andrew Fell Architecture & Design, new multifamily residence at 204 S. Fifth St., $1,700,000.

Business listings, Feb. 1, 2015

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

Best Performance Massage Therapy, 2099 County Road 1100 N, Sidney, by Thomas M. Schaefges, same address.

Brandon Frerichs Construction & Remodeling, 1499 County Road 2600 N, Penfield, by Brandon Frerichs, same address.

Today's Special: Second Slice

CHAMPAIGN — Don Wiese and Pat Snack are firing up their second Jet's Pizza store in Champaign.

The new store had a "soft opening" Thursday at 1907 W. Springfield Ave., C, in the northern portion of what was once a Blockbuster Video store.

Jet's is best known for deep-dish square pizza, but also serves thin-crust round pizza as well as subs and salads.

Business calendar, Feb. 1, 2015

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Common Ground's director will stay in town when she switches jobs

URBANA — Common Ground Co-Op's general manager will remain in Urbana when she takes a new job with the Food Co-Op Initiative in May.

Jacqueline Hannah said Friday that she will work from an office at her home when she becomes a co-op development specialist with the initiative on May 18.

On the job

5 takeaways on this week's release of area unemployment statistics by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, courtesy staff writer Don Dodson: