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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.

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.

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.

Search for UI Research Park phase developer down to two

Two companies have been named finalists to develop the next phase of the University of Illinois Research Park, and both firms will make presentations on campus Monday.

The UI Research Park Board of Managers, a group appointed to oversee the south campus development, will meet at 11 a.m. Monday at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign to hear presentations from current research park developer Fox/Atkins of Champaign and Atlanta, Ga.-based real estate firm Carter.

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.

UI owns empty space but pays $4 million to rent others

URBANA – A string of commercial spaces on the first floor of a University of Illinois parking deck sit empty, almost six years after the $26 million garage was built.

Meanwhile, three blocks away, a university unit is paying more than $250,000 a year to rent offices in a privately owned building developed by a firm whose board of directors includes a UI Foundation executive who was also once a UI vice president.

It's Your Business: Cheese shop a new offering at Old Farm

A new cheese shop and deli has opened in the Old Farm Shops in Champaign.

Cheese and Crackers stocks a wide variety of cheeses for a variety of different tastes. Not only does the store carry 10 blue cheeses to choose from for your blue-cheese-topped filet, it also plans to stock up on those squeaky cheese curds.

"We want to share our love of good food with the community," said Mindy Basi. The store is the brainchild of Mindy and her husband, Bart Basi. Their son, Bart Basi IV, also helps out.

School that helps with medical exams moves to new facility

Editor's note: This story was re-edited in June 2014 to remove erroneous information.

CHAMPAIGN – Shhh! Medical students are studying for their license.

And they're doing it smack-dab in the middle of the commercial district between Market Place Mall and North Prospect Avenue.