We chat with Mitch Wilson, vice president of mortgage lending at Hickory Point Bank and a member of Central Illinois Business Magazine’s 2019 Forty Under 40 roster, about words to live by, walking beans in Thomasboro and more.

The trend among states, including Illinois, to legalize and regulate the production and sale of recreational marijuana is and has been a troubled legal minefield for banks and their customers trying to make money off such “legalized” production.

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CHAMPAIGN — First Busey Corp. reported $102 million in revenue last quarter, up 23 percent compared to the second quarter a year ago.But its profits were flat, with net income of $24.1 million, down from $24.9 million in the second quarter a year ago.Its adjusted net income increased compare…

The Mailbag staff hit the road this week — Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, Danville, Rantoul, Champaign County — with questions about everything from the origin of the name Shake Rag Road to a former movie theater building in Champaign to beer sales this fall at Memorial Stadium.

News about school district property in north Champaign, a Culver’s under construction in Urbana, an antique gate at Champaign’s McKinley Field, possible changes to Florida Avenue in Urbana, a new bank building in Champaign and the restoration of Lorado Taft’s Black Hawk statue in Oregon, Ill.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the wealth manager at Busey Bank, host of WDWS 1400-AM's 'Busey Money Talk' and Crisis Nursery board member.

Owner Janet Bubin is planning to move the cocktail lounge and sushi bar from the One Main complex near Neil and Main streets, where it's been since 2005, to 30 E. Main St., C, which she bought for $2.73 million in December after PNC announced its move to Midtown Plaza.

Carol Vorel's latest 'Cold Cases' project is a change of direction for the longtime reporter, whose previous six efforts dealt with unsolved murders. This one focuses on two robberies in 2016 at an Urbana bank.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the 35-year-old Champaign resident and senior vice president at Busey Bank who recently took top honors at the 2018 edition of 'Dancing With the CU Stars.'

EVENTSThis weekend33RD ANNUAL HALLOWEEN FUN FESTWhat: Ages 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Dress up in your favorite costume and join the Champaign and Urbana Park Districts for trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest. Take a walk through our spook-tacularly (family-friendly) Haunted House.Bring a bag to collect your goodies.