2018 Innovation Celebration finalists announced

The Champaign County Economic Development Corp. has announced the finalists for the 13th annual Innovation Celebration, its annual event to recognize innovative individuals and companies in the area.

Mexican restaurant to replace Milo's

Tom's Mailbag goes live at 2 p.m. Friday. Submit questions here.

A sampling of what's to come:

"Milo's is closing at the end of February. What are the owners' plans for the building? Lease? Sale? Or perhaps they start a new adventure in that building or elsewhere?"

United Way moving to Savoy after selling office to Green Street Realty

SAVOY — The United Way of Champaign County is moving its offices from Champaign to Savoy and has secured a big donation from the owner of the business that is buying its current offices.

Champaign county home sales up 9.2 percent in January

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County home sales increased 9.2 percent in January compared with a year ago, far outpacing the state's rate, which declined 6.1 percent.

In January, 154 residential homes were sold, up from 141 a year ago, according to the Champaign County Association of Realtors.

Business listings, Feb. 18, 2018

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

A-1 Video Film Production, 1834 E. Amber Lane, Apt. 205, U, Anthony Fisher, same address.

CadyDid Studios, 2517 Southwood Drive, C, Catherine Ingram, same address.

Champaign Urbana Taiji Qigong - CUTQ, 1408 Mayfair Drive, C, Scott Grubisich, same address.

Today's Special: Newlywed caterers offering Sicilian menu

URBANA — Urbana newlyweds have launched their own catering business, one that features Sicilian foods.

Jordan and Paris Baldarotta started up Baldarotta's Porketta & Sicilian Sausage at 304 W. Florida Ave., U.

"The whole idea is bringing the Sicilian deli to you," said Jordan Baldarotta, a chef who grew up in Urbana.

Just Askin': Sales of Deluxe fish sandwiches

Q: How many Deluxe fish sandwiches were sold on Ash Wednesday, the first day they made their comeback at Dublin's in downtown Champaign?

A: "An awful lot," said Scott McIntosh, Dublin's general manager. "We sold in the vicinity of 350 fish sandwiches."

Building permits, Feb. 18, 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.


Architectural Expressions, gym facility alteration at Pursuit Institute at 1809 S. Neil St., $50,000.

Parkland celebrating 50 years of agricultural education

CHAMPAIGN — At Parkland College's Tony Noel Agricultural Applications Center on Wednesday, students were installing row unit modules on a planter that will be used in test fields to show off the latest in precision ag technology.