Proposed Catlin budget has deficit

CATLIN – Village officials unveiled a $522,214 spending plan for the 2010-11 fiscal year on Tuesday that includes a projected deficit of about $22,000.

Mayor Clay Woodard said village officials prepared a budget with a focus on maintaining village services. He said the unpredictability of state funding prevented the board from taking on any big projects next year.

MTD foresees benefits - from better security cameras to outdoor screens for schedules - in joining broadband consortium

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board Wednesday formally committed the MTD to the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband Consortium.

The MTD will pay $339,102 to become part of the group, plus an annual fiber maintenance charge of $24,910 during the 20-year term of the agreement.

Fiber-optic installation may begin next year

URBANA – Acceptance of a $22.5 million federal grant by Urbana City Council members Monday means that local officials can now begin the hard work – actually building a fiber-optic network.

Career Connections Job Fair set for April 14 at DACC

DANVILLE – The public can meet area employers who are recruiting for part- and full-time positions at the Career Connections Job Fair 2010 on April 14.

The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Danville Area Community College's Mary Miller Gym, 2000 E. Main St.

Urbana company explores new twists in refrigeration, air conditioning

URBANA – Creative Thermal Solutions has been around only seven years, but already the Urbana-based company has made a mark.

The firm, which works on dozens of air-conditioning and refrigeration projects, employs 30 people, many of them highly educated researchers.

Got your iPad? Here are local things to do with it

URBANA – If you can buy an iPad today – supplies may be limited – you'll have instant access to thousands of free books through a ground-breaking local organization.

Apple Inc. may sell 7.1 million of the $499 iPads this year, said California-based market researcher iSuppli Corp.

Mahomet grocery gets award for being green

MAHOMET – A Mahomet supermarket is among 11 food businesses nationwide to receive a Green Grocer Award from Progressive Grocer magazine.

What earned the Mahomet IGA the honor was an innovative geothermal system that helps minimize the store's heating and cooling costs.

Since the magazine announced the awards in its March issue, "we've had a number of grocers of all sizes come" to take a look, store owner Brooks Marsh said.

Central Illinois Bank parent reports first annual profit in 7 years

CHAMPAIGN – Central Illinois Bank's parent company reported its first annual profit in seven years this week.

But the profit came largely as the result of a one-time gain related to the extinguishment of debt. The parent company, Wisconsin-based CIB Marine Bancshares, reported net income of $13.7 million for 2009, thanks to a $54.5 million gain related to completion of a prepackaged plan of reorganization. The last year CIB Marine reported an annual profit was in 2002.

It's Your Business: The Great Frame Up to hang it up next month

The Great Frame Up, the custom framing, print, poster and framed-art shop in Champaign, is closing.

Jim Wisniewski, who owns the business with his wife, Carol Wisniewski, attributed the closing to the economy. Business has slowly declined over the last six months, he said.

The store opened at 2141 S. Neil St. in the Shoppes of Knollwood in 2003.

Law on nutritional supplements helps Champaign firm grow

CHAMPAIGN – Looking for a business resistant to recession?

Charlie Li thinks he has one.

Li's company, American Analytical Chemical Laboratories, does independent testing of nutritional supplements and other substances.

Six years ago, the company had 13 full-time employees and two part-timers. Today it has 20 full-time employees and three part-timers.

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