Business listings, Feb. 4, 2018

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

Caregivers & Companions, P.O. Box 17186, U, Teri Miller, 546 County Road 1500 E, Tolono.

Charles + The Possibly Wilds, 1703 E. Lexington Drive, U, Jonathan Faw, same address; Charles Maybee, 11 E. Columbia Ave., Apt. 303, C; and Isiah Asplund, 404 W. Washington Ave., C.

Wired In: Shubhankar Agarwal

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech leader. This week, meet SHUBHANKAR AGARWAL, a University of Illinois senior in computer engineering who founded Illinois AUV, a student group working to perfect an autonomous underwater vehicle.

Whatever happened to ... manual transmissions

Automatic transmission cars have taken over in the United States, but not everyone has switched.

Tim Higgins of Monticello just bought a manual Jeep Patriot a few months ago.

Champaign's gambling cafes are slotted to lose out

CHAMPAIGN — Once his current liquor license expires, the check Joshua Stephens writes the city to run Libby's Lounge will jump from $2,400 to $4,200.

It won't put the gambling cafe on South Neil Street out of business, but the new rate — combined with the new $250-per-slot-machine fee — will make money a little tighter.

Subway store in Champaign's Old Farm Shops closes

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The Subway restaurant at the Old Farm Shops has closed.

Customers eager to buy a foot-long or a 6-inch sub were disappointed to find the doors locked last week.

Tom's #Mailbag, Feb. 2, 2018

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Surplus space? Hardly

CHAMPAIGN — Discounted inventory at Champaign Surplus drew a crowd this morning at its downtown location.

At 9 a.m. today, doors opened as the outdoor retail store kicked off a sale that saw everything in the shop marked down between 20 and 50 percent off. Once the inventory has been depleted, the location will permanently close.

First Busey's fourth-quarter income up despite one-time charges

CHAMPAIGN — The recently passed corporate tax cuts should ultimately be beneficial for First Busey Corp. But first, the holding company for Busey Bank had to eat a one-time $8.1 million charge on tax-deferred assets.

Carson's in Danville among 42 Bon-Ton stores set to close

Updated 10:00 a.m.

DANVILLE — Josia Miller reckons she stops in to Carson's at the Village Mall in Danville about once week.

"It's a nice store," said Miller, who was shopping Wednesday afternoon for slacks for her husband. "You could always count on it for having nice brands and quality things."

Champaign boutique hotel delayed by changes in developer's structure

CHAMPAIGN — Construction of downtown Champaign's millennial-focused boutique hotel is being delayed due to personnel changes within the project's development company.