CU-CitizenAccess: Complaints about restaurants up 30 percent this year

Clumps of hair at the bottom of coffee cups and green slime leaking out of meat sandwiches were among the more extreme examples of complaints filed by customers and restaurant employees against food establishments this year.

It's Your Business: New Entry of Entrees

Miga restaurant in downtown Champaign offers modern American cuisine with Asian touch

Miga, the newest restaurant to open in downtown Champaign, eventually plans to offer karaoke and lunch — but for now, it's concentrating on dinner and late-night drinks.

Last of area Sears stores vacating East Central Illinois

DANVILLE — Like its bulky catalogs that made postal workers wince, the Sears that shoppers have come to know will soon be a distant memory in East Central Illinois.

The beleaguered retail company confirmed Thursday it will close its Danville and Decatur locations in late December — less than a year after shutting down its Champaign store.

Danville Sears store to close

DANVILLE -- The Sears store that helps anchor the Village Mall in Danville will close in early December, according to the retailer’s corporate officials.

Until then, the Sears store and Sears Auto Center will remain open for customers and begin a liquidation sale on Sept. 26.

Tom Kacich: Lincoln Square turns 50

What does Lincoln Square need for attendance to pick up? Tell Tom your idea here

For a brief period — no more than 15 years — Lincoln Square was the place be.

Snuffed Out?

CHAMPAIGN — Don't expect Mahendra Patel to follow the lead of CVS in taking tobacco products off the shelves.

Patel, the manager of University Food and Liquor in Champaign, said cigarettes and other tobacco products account for 15 percent to 20 percent of sales at his convenience store at University Avenue and State Street.

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:

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.

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.