Jim Dey: Local landlord facing prison after defrauding bank

In 2007, Champaign landlord and architect Gene "G.T." Hardwick borrowed $3.9 million from Longview State Bank to build a 64-unit apartment building at 611 E. Park St., C.

About two years later, an FDIC bank examiner reviewing the bank's loan portfolio followed up by driving to the address to see what was up.

Family Checkbook: How to save money when you buy a car

By Kathy Sweedler 

Did you buy a car or truck in the past year? Twenty-four percent of adults surveyed did, according to the latest Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households. We tend to buy a lot of cars over our lifetimes.

John Roska: Can bankruptcy help my credit score?

Q: I can't make payments on all my old debts, and that poor payment history has ruined by credit score. If those old debts were discharged in bankruptcy, I could keep up payments on my basic expenses. Could filing for bankruptcy help my credit?

Getting Personal: Marie Oatis Polk

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 42-year-old Urbana resident Marie Oatis Polk, the associate development and experience manager at Busey, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Polk is a board member, the publicity chair and a past president of the Champaign County Freedom Celebration.

What interests you the most right now?

From 'flunky' to fixture

Sixty-five years ago this month, a Gifford girl three days removed from high school took a job at the local bank.

Her unofficial title? "Flunky," cracked 82-year-old Mille Roseman, who spent 46 years at Gifford State Bank and still sits on its board of directors.

Weekend planner, April 22, 2016

Three items of note happening this weekend:

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY: Three local public libraries will host financial literacy programs for children and their parents — called Money Smart Kids Read — on Saturday morning: Mahomet at 10, Champaign at 10:30 and Rantoul at 11.

Fearless forecast

This year should bring a boost in retail sales to Champaign County — or at least that's what some people predict.

Purchase will expand bank into St. Louis

CHAMPAIGN — First Busey Corp., the holding company for Busey Bank, is poised to expand its footprint to four states after it finalizes a purchase of St. Louis-based Pulaski Financial Corp.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter, around April 30, with First Busey buying Pulaski Financial for $210.7 million.

Family Checkbook: Grow your savings

By Kathy Sweedler

Spending money is fun! When you buy something — like a new outfit, or furniture for your house, or a new car — you get to show it to your friends, wear it or use it for a special event. The fun goes on and on! Saving money is not typically this much fun.

Never too soon — or young — to begin saving

By Kathy Sweedler