Tom Kacich: County 'poor farm' preceded nursing home

The possible sale, transfer or even closure of the financially struggling Champaign County Nursing Home is another step in the evolution of a property that began with a "poor farm" more than 150 years ago.

And no, this isn't the first time a social service on the county property in east Urbana has run into money problems.

Today's Special: Salad Meister ready to mix it up on Monday

CHAMPAIGN — A Campustown salad restaurant will open its doors this week.

The debut of restaurateur Rob Meister's latest concept, Salad Meister, is Monday at 601 S. Sixth St., C.

"We're the masters of salad creation," said Meister, who also owns Minneci's at the Crossing. "It is a healthy fast food alternative. In under three minutes you can get a fresh, healthy salad."

Asmussen: Health improving, Henson hits up C-U

Drop Lou a note of encouragement here

The "Mayor" of Champaign-Urbana is back in town. Don't be surprised if you run into Lou Henson at a local restaurant or the Bromley pool.

Business listings, May 21, 2017

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

Hope Martin dba Hopeology Boutique, 1222 W. Charles St., C, Hope Martin, same address.

The Gilbert Gallery, 102 W. Main St., Suite A, U, Ilene Corman Silverman, 2309 Noel Drive, C.

Building permits, May 21, 2017

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


Timbercreek Developers, new single-family residence at 1608 Congressional Way, $360,000.

Busey banking on fitness

About a year ago, Busey converted part of the first floor of its downtown Champaign office to a gym, complete with treadmills, ellipticals, weights and motivational messages on the walls.

Busey Wealth Management Assistant Vice President Bryan Snodgrass uses it several times a week.

Jim Dey: Rival gubernatorial campaigns take no prisoners in war of words

The war of words continues unabated, not that most people notice.

Insults fly. Self-promotion is relentless. Hyperbole runs amok.

Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival canceled over financial concerns

CHAMPAIGN — After a nine-year run, the annual Champaign Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival has been called off for 2017, organizers announced on Facebook.

Just Askin': The numbers behind Portillo's

How big is Portillo's?

Well, these some numbers provide a glimpse.

Portillo's sold "a little over 5 million cakes" last year, founder Dick Portillo said this week.

Overall, Portillo's had more than 32 million transactions last year, he said.

It also has two commissaries totalling over 110,000 square feet.

Wired In: Chinmay Soman

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet CHINMAY SOMAN, CEO and co-founder of EarthSense Inc., which is in the University of Illinois EnterpriseWorks.