Entertainment listings, July 27-Aug. 3, 2017


This weekend

What: July 27, 4H Day. Grandstand concert by Chris Young, with and Drew Baldridge and Kassi Ashton, July 28. Other highlights: Tractor pulls, July 29. Also, carnival, through July 29; 4-H, beer tent with live music, July 28;  morning livestock shows, July 27; and more.
When: Continues July 27-29.

Entertainment listings, July 20-27, 2017


This weekend


What: Traditional fair events including queen pageant, demo derby, wild World of Animals, horse shows, livestock, Nick Lynch Band, 4-H, tractor pull and talent show.

When: July 20-24.

Where: Fairgrounds,1390 E. 2000 N. Road, Watseka.

Entertainment listings, July 13-20, 2017




Busey's purchase of Joliet-based First Community clears hurdle

CHAMPAIGN — The second of Busey's three recent purchases has cleared regulatory hurdles and is expected to be completed July 2.

First Busey Corp. received approval from the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors for its purchase of Joliet-based First Community Financial Partners for $235.8 million, according to a filing this week with the Securities Exchange Commission.

Chipping away: Area stores still transitioning to new payment protocol

It's been 20 months since stores were advised to switch to new chip-card readers, yet some still haven't.

Schnucks, for example, says it's still working on it.

UI's chief financial officer retiring after 10 years on job

URBANA — The chief financial officer at the University of Illinois is stepping down after more than a decade on the job.

The UI on Friday announced the retirement of Walter Knorr, 67, who is also vice president and comptroller for the UI system.

On the jobs in Champaign County

No surprise who leads off the list of Champaign County's top employers — the University of Illinois could lose 7,000 workers and still rank No. 1, its spot for as long as the local Economic Development Corporation has been keeping track. But down the line, the top 25 list of 2017 bears little resemblance to the one published 20 years earlier, the furthest back the EDC's records go.

Family Checkbook: Getting your credit in order as important as ever


Have you checked your credit report lately? If you're not planning to borrow money, perhaps you think it's not important.

Well, your credit report can affect your finances even when you're not borrowing money!

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.

UI's credit rating likely to take another hit soon

SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois could see a drop in its Moody's credit ratings by the end of the month, tied to a likely downgrade in the state's rating, a top UI official says.

"We are in the crosshairs," Vice President Walter Knorr told UI trustees on Thursday.