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.

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.