Tuscola's Black Friday extra busy as state title game looms

TUSCOLA — The Christmas shopping season is kicking off today in the Outlets at Tuscola — hours before the Tuscola Warriors kick off in the state football finals in DeKalb.

Champaign County home sales down, but satisfactory

CHAMPAIGN — After a record-breaking 2016 for home sales, local Realtors are pleased this year — even if numbers are down slightly.

"We're down a little bit from where we'd like to be, but if you look at year-to-date, we're tracking really nicely," said Max McComb, president of the Champaign County Association of Realtors.

BTN to avoid Chief logo in broadcasts, merchandise

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URBANA — The Big Ten Network has agreed to avoid images of the Chief Illiniwek logo during its Illini broadcasts following a complaint about its coverage of the Nov. 11 football game against Indiana.

Building permits, Nov. 19, 2017

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing more than $25,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


New Prairie Construction, rooftop solar array for single-family residence at 1406 English Oak Drive, $28,448.

Today's Special: Piato Restaurant to move, switch to catering

URBANA — The Piato Restaurant in the heart of Lincoln Square is closing its doors by Christmas.

The eatery, which has established a reputation over the last 12 years for its homemade soups, salads, fresh sandwiches and organic frappes, will close Dec. 24 and re-emerge in January at a new location with a new focus.

Wired In: Keilin Jahnke

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet KEILIN JAHNKE, a Ph.D. student in agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Illinois.

Two developers, one project, competing ideas

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign developer Peter Fox is aggressively comparing his plan for a multisports arena for the University of Illinois against one that has been advanced by local developer Hans Grotelueschen in partnership with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

Business listings, Nov. 19, 2017

These applications for assumed business names were filed with the Champaign County Clerk's Office:

Chema's Drywall & Painting, 549 County Road 3100 N, Fisher, Angelica Partida and Jose Valencia Sandoval, same address.

Gorilla Painting and Services, 3010 Clayton Road, C, Jared Young, same address.

New spaces let nontraditional employees become co-workers

URBANA — As more people get jobs in the gig economy, work remotely and hold nontraditional jobs, co-working spaces have popped up to accommodate them.

"The future of work is changing," said Matt Cho, who runs the [co][lab] space in downtown Urbana. "Graduating college and working for a 50,000-plus (employee) firm, I think those days might be over."

Jobless rates fall in 11 states, hit record lows in 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell to record lows in Idaho and Tennessee in September, and dropped in 9 other states.

The Labor Department's report on state unemployment, released Friday, also showed the extent of Hurricane Irma's damage in Florida, which lost 127,400 jobs that month, or about 1.5 percent of the state's total jobs. Most of those losses were likely temporary.