It's Your Business: Supplier in Demand

When it comes to providing restaurant supplies, there's still a Proctor in the house.

The Proctor family is continuing in that business, even though Proctor's Restaurant Equipment & Supply Co. closed on University Avenue in Champaign last November after 62 years in business.

Tips for back-to-school budgeting

The shopping is the fun part — then comes paying the bills.

The money spent during back-to-school season is second only to Christmas. Here are some tips for back-to-school budgeting from the University of Illinois Extension:

BRG to hire 30 more for Rantoul facility

CHAMPAIGN — BRG Sports plans to hire an additional 30 people in Rantoul as the assembly and distribution center there takes on more functions, the center's general manager said Wednesday.

Monticello looking into medical-marijuana ordinance

MONTICELLO — Like many area governmental entities, the city is making sure it is ready if a medical-marijuana cultivation center decides to locate there. New state laws are allowing 22 indoor growing facilities, one in each of the state police's districts.

Paxton Family Dollar store still closing by Aug. 30

PAXTON — Dollar Tree Inc.'s recently announced agreement to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc. will have no effect on the impending closure of the Family Dollar store in Paxton.

"The Paxton store, located at 100 W. Ottawa St., will be closing. This store will be closed by Aug. 30," Family Dollar spokesman Bryn R. Winburn said in an email Friday.

On the Money, Aug. 7, 2014

A local look at the cost of doing business.

24-29 cents

Expiring TIF district in downtown Urbana raises questions

URBANA — City officials have some philosophical questions to answer as they look toward a new era of economic development in downtown Urbana.

Apparel spurs sales-tax boom in Danville

DANVILLE — Sales-tax totals in Danville are up from a year ago, with the clothing category leading the way.

Quick Read: A Dollar (Tree) here and a (Family) Dollar there


With Dollar Tree Inc. agreeing last week to buy Family Dollar Stores, here's a look at how the dollar-store phenomenon has stretched to this area.

Where do Dollar Tree and Family Dollar overlap in East Central Illinois?

Danville school parents find some uniform clothes in short supply

DANVILLE — Kim Dandridge thought shopping for back-to-school clothes for her children would be a breeze this year.

After all, how hard could finding a few solid-colored polo shirts and pairs of khaki slacks be?