Business roundup: Dish Network adds WICD-TV

CHAMPAIGN — DISH Network has begun carrying Champaign-based WICD-TV on its lineup for East Central Illinois following extensive negotiations with the station's owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Before the change, DISH customers in East Central Illinois received ABC programming and news broadcasts on Springfield-based WICS-TV, according to Tim Mathis, general manager for both stations.

Lawyers Feeding Illinois recognizes top area donors

CHAMPAIGN — Several area law firms and organizations took honors in the Illinois State Bar Association's food and fundraising drive known as Lawyers Feeding Illinois.

Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, which has offices in Champaign and elsewhere, won the Hunger Relief Partner Award for most total points, having raised $25,395 and 732 pounds of food for the drive.

The firm also won the Large Law Firm Award for firms with 21 to 100 attorneys.

Altogether, the drive raised $252,113 and 11,495 pounds of food. The drive ended up furnishing more than 1.27 million meals for regional food banks serving Illinois.

Urbana attorney John E. Thies is president of the state bar association, and his wife, Terry, chaired the Lawyers Feeding Illinois campaign.

Other area award winners included:

— The Champaign County Bar Association, which won the Large Bar Association Award for associations with 151 to 300 members. The association raised $8,740 from 200 attorneys.

— The Vermilion County Bar Association, which won the Medium Bar Association Award for associations with 51 to 150 members.

— Webber & Thies of Urbana, which won the Medium Law Firm Award for firms with six to 20 attorneys. The firm raised $7,557 and 471 pounds of food.

— Heyl Royster, which won the Mega Law Firm Award for firms with 101 or more attorneys. The firm, which has six offices in Illinois, including Urbana, raised more than $12,800 and 2,547 pounds of food.

— Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, which won the Government/Nonprofit Award.

Keller Williams Realty to sponsor 'life drive' May 9

CHAMPAIGN — Keller Williams Realty will sponsor a "KW Life Drive" on May 9 in connection with the company's fifth annual KW RED (Renew/Energize/Donate) Day.

The drive will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Blood Services of Illinois building, 1408 W. University Ave., U. Keller Williams said each pint of donated blood saves three lives.

The company, which is also collecting monetary donations for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, said each dollar donated as part of the drive buys $10 of food.

Spinlight releases 11th game — YodelOh Math Mountain

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-based Spinlight Studio recently released its 11th educational app for kids.

The newest release, YodelOh Math Mountain, is a game that includes more than 1,300 equations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The game is targeted for ages 6 to 12.

YodelOh Math Mountain builds on themes used in an earlier game, YodelOh Classic, that was targeted for children 3 to 6 years old with the aim of developing motor skills.

Busey campaign serves up 25,000 meals for food banks

CHAMPAIGN — Busey Bank's monthlong "Promise A Plate" campaign provided nearly 25,000 meals for food banks in central Illinois and southwest Florida this year.

That was a big increase from last year's campaign, which provided 14,600 meals, according to company spokeswoman Christa Dubson.

During April, the bank set up donation bins at each branch and encouraged community members to donate nonperishable food items.

The bank also agreed to donate a certain number of meals for various types of contacts made with Busey through social media. With one click, a person could provide as many as 24 meals to needy families.

The "Promise A Plate" campaign coincided with Busey's second annual Community Promise Week, which encouraged Busey associates to volunteer with area organizations.

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