Mediator called in for Clifford-Jacobs negotiations

CHAMPAIGN — A federal mediator is being called in to work with both sides in an ongoing labor dispute at the Clifford-Jacobs Forging Co. plant north of Champaign.

Representatives of the company and three employee unions that have been locked out of work since Sept. 29 met for about four hours Wednesday, but union bargainer Ron Stanley said he was pessimistic after the session.

Weather cooperated with Piatt farmers

"Good weather makes good farmers," Eric Miller said when asked to peg why 2015 yields could match last year's record crop production.

New Willard director: 'We need to capture some destinations'

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SAVOY — When Gene Cossey accepted the job as Willard Airport's executive director, one of the biggest selling points was the airport's "underutilized resources" and untapped potential.

Monday morning pop quiz: Oct. 26, 2015

10 questions about news that broke — from what star sang before the UI's homecoming football game to what C-U restaurant actually stayed in business — in last week's News-Gazette and

Wired In: Peter Abbamonte

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week: University of Illinois physics professor Peter Abbamonte, who founded Inprentus Precision Optics in 2012 in the UI Research Park. It's the only company in the world making nanotech optics that work with X-ray and extreme ultraviolet light.

The team

Business listings, Oct. 25. 2015

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

A Hair of Inspiration, 1417 Mittendorf Drive, C, Casey Edwards, same address.

Rainbow Connection, 1306 N. Lincoln Ave., U, Beilin Hu, same address.

Serene Home Solutions, 718 S. Lynn St., C, Tove Ghent, same address.

Today's Special: Meet Snow Meets Coffee

CHAMPAIGN — Tucked away next to Merry Ann's Diner in One Main, Snow Meets Coffee offers frozen treats and flavor-filled coffees.

Kyo Jung, 28, of Urbana, opened the dessert shop last week.

Jung said there was a need for an ice cream shop in downtown Champaign.

The shop's featured product is a snow shaved ice cream Jung calls "snow bing."

John Roska: How to dispute unemployment ruling

Q: I got fired for complaining to a supervisor about working conditions. My application for unemployment benefits was denied because my employer said I was fired for "insubordination." What can I do? I didn't disobey any orders. I just complained because I was having to do a two-person job by myself.

It's Your Business: Mahomet 'pizza theater' debuts

Domino's Pizza at 201 N. Lombard St. in Mahomet has completed its two-month renovation work and reopened with a new concept.

Mahomet Domino's franchise owner Seth Emerson said the pizza place has been reimagined as a "pizza theater" store.

For Emerson, watching a pizza get made is as much a part of the fun of Domino's as eating it.

Plenty of arrivals and departures in C-U restaurants

It's a bad time to be in the buffet business but the best of times for local diners who like lots of options.

Take it from a fiscal foodie in the know: "Overall in C-U, we have a better selection of high-quality food at fair prices than we did 10 years ago," says Craig Rost, executive director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corp.