Landmark hotel may become Hilton

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URBANA — How about a Hilton hotel, downtown Urbana?

City officials say the redevelopment deal they’ve got cooking for the Urbana Landmark Hotel involves turning the 94-year-old downtown property into a Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel.

Business listings, March 5, 2017

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

All About Cleaning, 1401 W. Charles St., C, Charlotte Owens, same address.

Blood Diamond Music Co., 1717 W. Kirby Ave., #387, C, Bryant Douglas, 1106 N. 6th St., C.

Champaign Renovation, 2504 W. William St., C, Scott Crawford, same address.

Building permits, March 5, 2017

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling costing more than $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Ironwood Builders Inc., new single-family residence at 1611 Eagle Road, $297,000.

Meet Illinois basketball's Jalen Coleman-Lands: Shot caller

CHAMPAIGN — In all likelihood, Jalen Coleman-Lands and Musa Sulejmani would have met at some point on the Illinois campus.

Top of the Morning, March 5, 2017

Pick up today's Sports (D) and Business (E) sections and hold them up next to each other.

That should show the culmination of an idea our Mike Goebel hatched at 4:30 a.m. one early-February morning.

Video: The story behind Jalen Coleman-Lands and Volume

Last fall, Illinois basketball player Jalen Coleman-Lands became chief marketing officer of Volume Technologies, a mobile application created by recent Illinois graduate Musa Sulejmani and Carson White that tells a user information about local restaurants and bars, including the current wait time, male-to-female ratio, whether there is a cover charge, and dri

Entrepreneurs recognized at Innovation Celebration

CHAMPAIGN — Entrepreneurs celebrated the local Oscars of innovation Friday night, but without any of the flubs that marred the actual Oscars.

The biggest mistake occurred when an award category was being announced out of order, but that was quickly corrected.

"That's not as bad as the mistake we saw" Sunday, master of ceremonies Lori Gold Patterson joked after catching herself.

Tom's #Mailbag, March 3, 2017

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The songbirds are back, flowers are blooming, trees are budding and people are starting to notice nuisance properties again. We answered a question about one in this week's Mailbag and we'll get to more next week.

Buffalo Wings & Rings coming to C-U

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CHAMPAIGN — Buffalo Wings & Rings is planning to open two to three restaurants in Champaign-Urbana.

Buffalo Wings & Rings Chief Development Officer Philip Schram told The News-Gazette he plans to identify a franchisee to bring the sports restaurants here within the next few years.

H.H. Gregg in Champaign to close

CHAMPAIGN — Appliance store H.H. Gregg announced it will be closing 88 of its 220 stores, including the one in Champaign.

The Champaign store, 718 W. Town Center Blvd., has about 20 employees, said manager Andrew Sprague, who didn’t have details about the closing.

“I just found out the same time,” he said.