Four banks up, one down in BauerFinancial ratings

Four area banks were upgraded and one was downgraded in the latest ratings from BauerFinancial based on data for the quarter that ended March 31.

Three banks — First Financial Bank, First National Bank of Catlin and Illinois National Bank — were upgraded from 4 stars ("excellent") to 5 stars ("superior").

It's Your Business: Empanadas House opening campus store

The Empanadas House is finally getting a "house" of its own.

Juan Olarte began operating The Empanadas House food truck in Champaign-Urbana last year. The business serves up empanadas with a variety of fillings, such as beef, chicken and pork, as well as dessert empanadas.

Now the business is getting ready to open a store in Campustown, at 404 E. Green St., C.

Alliance sponsors 'Local Flavors' lunches, dinners

A roundup of business news:

URBANA — The Illinois Stewardship Alliance has released its schedule of "Local Flavors" lunches and dinners that feature seasonal, locally grown and produced food.

Ten restaurants in Champaign-Urbana are taking part in the project this year, with five serving lunches and five serving dinners.

Urbana food cooperative adopts product rating system

A roundup of business news:

URBANA — Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana has introduced the HowGood rating system in its store so shoppers can see how food products — and the companies that market them — rate in terms of sustainability, social impact and environmental friendliness.

Hickory Point adding office

Peoria move is result of deal for Marshall County State Bank

DECATUR — Hickory Point Bank & Trust, which has offices in the Champaign, Decatur and Springfield areas, plans to add a full-service office in the Peoria area as the result of an agreement to acquire Marshall County State Bank.

First Mid-Illinois stock shifts to Nasdaq

MATTOON — First Mid-Illinois Bancshares expects its common stock to begin trading Monday on the Nasdaq Global Market exchange under the ticker symbol FMBH.

Chairman and CEO Joe Dively announced the change at the company's recent annual shareholders meeting. The bank holding company's stock has been trading on the Over The Counter Bulletin Board system.

Top officials at Busey awarded bonuses

CHAMPAIGN — Will First Busey Corp.'s improving performance be enough to secure raises for its top executives?

The holding company for Busey Bank will make that determination mid-year, according to a proxy statement the company recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

It's Your Business: Villa Italian Kitchen coming to town

Villa Italian Kitchen is coming to Market Place Shopping Center in May, opening in the space formerly occupied by Sbarro.

The Champaign store will be one of 40 Villa Italian Kitchens to open soon in regional malls as the result of a recent deal with General Growth Properties, which owns about 120 malls including Market Place.

John Roska: When ex misses car payment, am I stuck?

Q: I co-signed a car loan for a boyfriend. We broke up, and he took the car. I had my own bank account where we got the car loan. When my ex-boyfriend missed a payment, the bank took everything from my account. Is that legal? Don't they have to give me some kind of notice first, or take me to court?

Scharlau: Champaign County 'growing forward'

CHAMPAIGN — Busey Bank Vice Chairman Ed Scharlau believes Champaign County has more construction going on than any other county in downstate Illinois.