Champaign-Urbana unemployment rates improved in July

CHICAGO — Job growth downstate continues to lag, but unemployment rates for July in Champaign-Urbana last month and in Champaign County as a whole were showing slight declines from a year ago, according to the state's Department of Employment Security.

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Wal-Mart raises earnings outlook, tops sales forecast

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart raised its earnings outlook for the year and delivered strong profit and sales in the second quarter after the world's largest retailer revamped its stores and improved the shopping experience online, changes that appear to be winning over customers.

Target cuts outlook as it sees fewer customers

NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. cut its profit forecast and a key sales outlook Wednesday as it saw fewer customers in its stores and acknowledged it didn't push the second part of its "Expect More, Pay Less" slogan.

Common Ground cancels plans for Champaign location

CHAMPAIGN — Common Ground Food Co-Op won't be adding a store in Champaign after all.

Julie Zilles, president of the co-op's board of directors, confirmed Sunday afternoon that the organization has discontinued plans for a Champaign store.

Monticello: It's hip to be square

Walking around the courthouse square, Monticello keeps its vintage look, even while it's undergoing an upgrade.

Coming up are a farm-to-table restaurant/microbrewery and an upscale bakery in a boarding house.

It's Your Business: Legends tees up renovation

Legends Driving Range and Executive Course at 4551 Nicklaus Drive, C, is in the midst of a major renovation project.

Assistant golf pro Ryne Burnett said a complete remodeling of the interior and other improvements are underway at the nine-hole facility.

Later this month, work crews will begin reconstruction of the west side of the driving range tee.

C-U firm taking 39 jobs to Indy

CHAMPAIGN — A business with 39 employees will be leaving Champaign for the Hoosier State this fall.

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals plans to move from its current home at 2301 W. Bradley Ave. to Indianapolis this November, CEO Treasa Turnbeaugh said.

The business provides credentialing for safety, health and environmental practitioners.

What's in a name? This Is It Furniture

When it comes to his business, This Is It Furniture, most of the questions owner Mike Namoff receives involve those unforgettable ads.

The one with the onion?

"That was just a goofy gimmick to say that our prices won't make you cry," he said.

Urbana council sees gambling requests proliferate

URBANA — Two months after denying two new gambling halls, the Urbana City Council will have five separate video-gambling requests on its agenda tonight.

The council will consider requests from two new gambling halls that want liquor licenses, one that wants to change its classification and two hoping to renew under new ownership.