CHAMPAIGN — Folks attending Busey Bank's economic seminar Wednesday were more optimistic about the local economy than they were about the stock market, a survey shows.
The survey, distributed to the 600 or so in attendance, found they expect:
— Retail sales in Champaign County to total $2.8 billion this year, up 5.8 percent from 2013.
CHAMPAIGN — Busey Bank Vice Chairman Ed Scharlau believes Champaign County has more construction going on than any other county in downstate Illinois.
BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press
April is a busy month for tourism in Champaign County, and maybe nobody knows that more than Visit Champaign County President and CEO Jayne DeLuce.
Under the glow of a couple Boneyard Arts Festival displays, she sat down with The News-Gazette to talk about what's going on this month and why it's so important to the area.
Following are 10 occupations. Can you rank them from highest- to lowest-paid, based on average wages in the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area in 2012?
Mark 1 for the highest-paid occupation; 10 for the lowest-paid.
___ Bank teller.
___ Elementary school teacher.
___ Farmer/rancher/ag manager.
___ Heavy/tractor-trailer truck driver.
The University of Illinois is moving toward a supplemental pension program that would contribute money to a tax-deferred retirement savings plan for thousands of employees stung by the state's recent pension reform.
Lee joins law firm. Matthew D. Lee has joined the Meyer Capel law firm in Champaign as an associate attorney.
He will concentrate his practice in the area of civil litigation.
Lee received his law degree from the University of Illinois in 2003.
CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer
Folks in the Clinton area have enjoyed an economic cushion the last 30 years or so, courtesy of Exelon Corp.'s Clinton Power Station.
The nuclear plant, which began commercial operation in 1987, employs 652 people and has an annual payroll of $54 million.