John Roska: When is host liable for drunken guests?

Q: Am I liable if my guests get drunk and injure themselves or others in an accident?

A: No — with two exceptions.

Our Supreme Court stated the general rule in 1995: "For over a century, this court has spoken with a single voice to the effect that no social host liability exists in Illinois."

Building permits, Dec. 28, 2014

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, location and cost.


Rave Homes, new single-family home at 4810 Vahalla Drive, $331,875.

It's Your Business: Home consignment shop gets new owner

Classic Home Consignment will have a new owner come Thursday.

The store at 1912 Round Barn Road, C, which carries gently used furniture and home decor, was founded in October 2006 by Susan Holleman.

Holleman said she wanted to retire, noting that she had to spend evenings and weekends searching for the right merchandise.

Rooms with a view top 2014 building projects

The four biggest projects receiving building permits from Champaign and Urbana in 2014 were all student apartment complexes — with three of those going up along Green Street.

While Green Street appears ripe for more development in 2015, watch for more student apartments to take shape along University Avenue.

Illinois American Water begins upgrades to Mattis plant

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois American Water has begun making more than $6 million worth of upgrades to its approximately 50-year-old water-treatment plant on North Mattis Avenue in Champaign.

Top of the morning, Dec. 23, 2014

Last week, following up on John Katsinas’ Hall of Fame of closed C-U restaurants that ran in this space, we asked our N-G Facebook crowd for their favorite former food joint.

Quick Read: Santa's not the only one traveling

More holiday travel than seen before: AAA says 98.6 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday period (Dec. 23 to Jan. 4). That's a 4 percent increase from last year and the biggest number in the 14 years that AAA has been issuing holiday-travel projections.

It's Your Business: Urbana True Tires on the move

Watch for Urbana True Tires to move from its longtime location north of the Urbana City Building to the former Arrow Glass building on North Cunningham Avenue.

Richard E. Rollins, manager of the store at 202 S. Vine St., U, said it will likely be early February or early March before the dealership relocates to 608 N. Cunningham Ave., U — across from McDonald's.

Business listings, Dec. 21, 2014

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

Carlex-Lebanon, 730 Morningside Drive, Rantoul, by Lori Ehmen, same address.

Farmers Insurance - Bradley Skees Agency, 902 N. Country Fair Drive, C, by Bradley Skees, 108 E. Daggy St., Tuscola.

Lacys putting barbecue business under a roof

URBANA — Marvin Lacy and Beverly Jackson-Lacy hope to open Lacy's Famous Kansas City-Style BBQ in downtown Urbana by early next year.

The Lacys are no strangers to the business, having sold barbecue from tents at various locations in Champaign the last four summers.

Now they'll have an actual restaurant at 119 W. Main St., U, just west of Crane Alley.