Target to up hourly base pay to $15 by end of 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage for its workers to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020 in a move it says will help it better recruit and retain top-quality staff and provide a better shopping experience for its customers.

Toys R Us revs up for holiday hiring

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us may have filed for Chapter 11 reorganization, but the toy chain is revving up its holiday hiring.

The Wayne, N.J.-based chain said Thursday it will be accepting job applications for part-time holiday positions at stores and distribution centers in the U.S. That includes a new position called a toy demonstrator, who will help kids test out toys.

Champaign plan commission OKs streamlining parking-space rules

CHAMPAIGN — The city's plan commission voted Wednesday to streamline parking-space requirements for multi-use shopping centers at one space per 300 square feet, no matter the type of tenant.

This vote moves the legislation to the city council, which will vote on it Oct. 3.

Hobbled by $5 billion in debt, Toys R Us files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK — In filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us joins a list of dozens of store chains that have done so already this year as online leader Amazon increasingly exerts its influence over a huge part of the retailing world.

Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys `R' Us, the big box toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season — and says its stores will remain open for business as usual.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 14-21, 2017


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Target bumping up holiday hiring by 40% this year

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is hiring 100,000 people to work during the hectic holiday shopping season, up 40 percent from last year.

Proposed liquor-code changes get mixed responses from Champaign council

CHAMPAIGN — The city council provided mixed opinions Tuesday on proposed tweaks to the liquor code, including designated downtown open-carry areas for events and allowing drinking at specialty grocery stores.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 7-14, 2017


This weekend


What:Dancing, food, native crafts and jewelry, corn maze, children's activities, and a chance to visit the bison herd.

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

Ministry hopes to have new venture in place in November

URBANA — If a fundraising campaign goes as well as Executive Director Nathan Montgomery hopes, Salt and Light Ministries could move into its second location in November.

The Champaign-based non-profit plans to increase its space by nearly seven times when it opens at the old County Market on Philo Road in Urbana.