Restraining order against Suburban Express extended to June 22

CHAMPAIGN — A federal judge approved a 28-day extension of the temporary restraining order against Suburban Express on Tuesday.

The company and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a joint motion last week seeking the extension as the two sides continue to negotiate.

Area drivers wince as gas prices climb to edge of $3 a gallon

CHAMPAIGN — With a holiday weekend on the horizon, gas prices nearly hit $3 a gallon Monday.

"You could see it by the end of the week in Champaign," said Beth Mosher, a spokeswoman for AAA Chicago. "Right now, the average is $2.92; yesterday, it was $2.85. That's a pretty significant jump in a day's time."

Former Fluid Event Center could soon have new owner

CHAMPAIGN — There may be a buyer for the former Fluid Event Center in Champaign.

A sale of the property at 601 N. Country Fair Drive is pending, and the prospective buyer is in the midst of conducting its due diligence, according to Bruce Hage, a Bloomington broker and property manager.

Wired In: Dan Klein

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a different high-tech difference maker. DAN KLEIN, 29, is chief executive officer of Tiesta Tea Company, now in Chicago. From their University of Illinois apartment basement to Urbana Farmer's Market to almost 7,000 stores, he and preschool friend Patrick Tannous have created a loose-leaf empire.

Just Askin' | An underlying economic metric

Q: What's the best way to measure the economy?

A: At the Busey Economic Seminar earlier this month, Busey Wealth Management CEO Curt Anderson suggested an interesting metric: men's underwear sales.

Today's Special | Sweets the star at new shop

An Urbana baker and food decorator has opened her own sweet shop.

Shaquwander "Shaii" Smith last week launched Sugga Shaii's Sweets at 1717 E. Florida Ave., U.

"I make different kinds of chocolate covered strawberries, and I make a variety of cupcakes," Smith said. "I have been doing this for fun for a long time, so I decided to make a business out of it."

Business listings, May 20, 2018

These applications for assumed business names were filed with the Champaign County clerk's office:American Pride Custom Remodels, 506 Southwood Drive, Mahomet, Guy Williamson, same address.

Angela King, Architect, 605 E. Oregon St., U, Angela King, same address.

Boyer Homestead, 525 County Road 2400 E, Broadlands, William Boyer III and Kate Boyer, same address.

Traffic alert: Summer projects on I-74, I-57, U.S. 45

As spring turns into summer, construction crews are already busy making upgrades to area highways.

The News-Gazette spoke with Ken Crawford, a project implementation engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation, about some of the projects travelers could run into this summer.

Building permits, May 20, 2018

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


White Roofing, roof repair/replacement at single-family residence at 1015 W. Church St., $32,200.

Suburban Express, Illinois AG seek restraining order extension

CHAMPAIGN — Suburban Express and the Illinois Attorney General filed a joint motion Thursday to extend the temporary restraining order against the company as the two sides negotiate.