Country Fair: No concrete plans

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CHAMPAIGN — Lance Cooper and his family love their new, larger True Value Hardware store at Country Fair Shopping Center and the high traffic going by.

Now hiring

Even before two high-paying, high-profile administrative jobs opened up in the Swanland Building, the local job outlook was trending up. A few numbers of note from the just-out July unemployment figures for Illinois:

Q&A about this week's market turmoil in China and beyond

JOE McDONALD, Associated Press
STEVE ROTHWELL, Associated Press

Rantoul residents voice preferences for retailers

RANTOUL — Cracker Barrel and Steak 'n Shake would be nice. So would Target and Aldi.

Those were some of the establishments that survey respondents said they would like to see open in Rantoul.

Hill analysts lower 2015 budget deficit forecast to $426 billion

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Take a deep breath: Experts advise calm in this crazy market

ALEX VEIGA, Associated Press
KEN SWEET, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Don't do anything rash.

Workers buying businesses from retiring baby boomers

NEW YORK — As retiring baby boomers look to sell the small businesses they have run for years, top employees are often becoming the boss.

The new owners are likely to be general managers, chief operating officers or foremen who have worked for the company for many years and have the savvy to run the business well.

Turbulence in China masks a bigger story

NEW YORK — Doubts about China have rattled investors' nerves this summer. A plunge in the country's high-flying stock market along with sudden drops in its currency have heightened fears about the world's second-largest economy.

Exit plan

CHAMPAIGN — More than a year before the first car turned a wheel on the brand new I-57 interchange at Curtis Road, a city consultant hailed the more than 600 acres of farmland surrounding it as a rare economic development opportunity.

Municipal leaders talk growth to Realtors group

Staff writer PAUL WOOD was at the Champaign County Association of Realtors meeting Thursday as leaders of Champaign, Urbana, Mahomet, Savoy and St. Joseph all made presentations about growth in their communities. Three big points from each: