Getting Personal: Ed Scharlau

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with 69-year-old Urbana resident Ed Scharlau, who started working at Busey Bank in 1964 as a part-time teller when he was a student at the University of Illinois. He became president in 1975 and continues to enjoy working at Busey as vice chairman.

So ... what's new with you?

Expert: Wedding businesses may need to revise practices

When Rob McKinney and Tyler Leasher began meeting with vendors to plan their wedding, they weren't sure of what kind of reception they'd get.

Reluctant Townie: Still achin' and breakin' after all these years

In a move that no one anticipated — because chaos theory states we cannot predict the outcome of a complex system such as what Billy Ray Cyrus will do when rent's on the line — last week the world welcomed the release of a hip-hop sequel to Billy Ray Cyrus' 1992 chart topper/toe tapper/boot stomper "Achy Breaky Heart."

Brazilian writer will offer reading

CHAMPAIGN — Brazilian author J.P. Cuenca and his English language translator, Elizabeth Lowe, director of the University of Illinois Center for Translation Studies, will present a reading from Cuenca's book "The Only Happy Ending for a Love Story Is an Accident" from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Author's Corner at the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St.

Business and professional briefs, Feb. 23, 2014

New jobs

Risner joins realty firm. Lee Risner of Urbana has affiliated with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Champaign, as a full-time sales associate on the Jeremy Brandow team.

Risner, who has been in real estate since 2010, has experience in residential real estate sales, manages rental properties and is trained in short sales.

Business listings, Feb. 23, 2014

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

1732 Creatives, P.O. Box 3056, C, by Cyrus Williams, same address.

Ask Joe to Mow, 1214 Cambridge Drive, C, by Joseph F. Asselin, same address.

Champaign Tattoo, 1410 N. Neil St., C, by Ray Allen Hughes, 4514 Lindsey Road, C.

For the retirees, Feb. 23, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.

Equal rites: Same-sex marriage in Illinois nears legality

The church and reception venue have been booked.

The save-the-date cards have been mailed.

And deposits to the caterer and wedding cake designer have been made.

What State Farm Center really needs is ...

Three years and $165 million from now, State Farm Center will look a whole lot different than the place where you watched Kenny Battle slam, Elvis jam and Billy Graham.

With construction under way at the home of the Illini, we asked a few Assembly Hall veterans: If money were no object, what would be the first upgrade on your to-do list?


Top of the Morning, Feb. 23, 2014

The Rev. Jim McClarey's service this morning at Savoy United Methodist will touch on his experience at One Winter Night, C-U's annual fundraiser for the homeless. After leaving his cardboard box at 6 a.m. Saturday, catching a bite to eat and coaching a basketball game, McClarey was kind enough to fill us in about the cold, kindness and last call.