Land prices all over place

THOMASBORO — A St. Charles woman with roots in Champaign County successfully bid $11,100 an acre for 160 acres of irrigated farmland east of Thomasboro.

Grain may stay through year's end

CHAMPAIGN — A huge harvest has resulted in grain elevators storing big piles of grain outside, and one manager said it may be about a month before that grain is shipped out.

Flash index rises for November

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index increased slightly in November, indicating continued expansion in the Illinois economy.

The index rose from 106.5 in October to 106.6 in November, according to J. Fred Giertz, who compiles the index for the UI Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Amazon's new robot army is ready to ship

BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer

Abate. Demolish. Market. Repeat.

URBANA — Demolition of the old Hanford Inn & Suites in north Urbana is expected to begin this spring, said Kelly Dillard, whose company will take it down.

Business listings, Nov. 30, 2014

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

My Trades, 1411 W. Beardsley Ave., U, by Alicia Washington, same address.

Provision Elevator Advertising, 2710 Carrelton Drive, C, by Jamie and Delandis Beck, both of same address.

STAR Consulting, 906 Shurts St., U, by Michael Gewirtz, same address.

Business and professional briefs, Nov. 30, 2014

New jobs

Yu joins law firm. Thomas S. Yu has joined the Champaign law firm of Thomas, Mamer & Haughey as an associate.

His practice will focus on civil litigation, specifically in the areas of professional liability, insurance defense and municipal law.

N-G makes changes in top management

A number of top leadership changes are being announced at The News-Gazette Inc.

John Reed, currently the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer, has been named publisher of the paper and chief executive officer of the corporation. Reed, a member of The News-Gazette's executive team since 2008, is a former publisher of the Danville Commercial-News.

It's Your Business: Guitar Center comes to Champaign

Guitar Center, which has more than 200 stores across the country, plans to open a Champaign store in February.

The store will be at 712 W. Town Center Blvd. — the former location of Dress Barn, which moved to Market Place Plaza at 1901 N. Market St., C.

John Roska: How summons, subpoena differ

Q: What's the difference between a summons and a subpoena? When someone gets sued, are they summoned or subpoenaed to go to court?

A: A summons starts a court case. Tagging someone with a summons gives the court power over that person. That's the "personal jurisdiction" required for a case to proceed.