Business listings, Feb. 19, 2017

These applications for assumed business names were filed with the Champaign County clerk's office:

Comer Express, 1717 Kirby Ave., PMB 303, C, Malcolm Comer, same address.

Gopher Mafia Games, 2404 Arden Drive, C, Timothy Adams, Jamie Fender and Tiffany Adams, same address, and Matthew Silverman, 302 Sunrise Drive,, U.

Whatever happened to ... pay phones

Pay phones used to be a common sight. But now, even in the places they still exist, hardly anyone uses them.

The Illinois Terminal in Champaign has three — two on the first floor and one on the second — that aren't drawing much business.

"I haven't seen anybody on them all day long," Illinois Terminal Director Stu Smith said.

Wired In: Mayank Kale

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet MAYANK KALE, 21, a senior in computer science at the University of Illinois and founder of Invoq Health.

Building permits, Feb. 19, 2017

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling costing more than $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


TAG Residential LLC, new single-family residence at 203 Doisy Lane, $145,009.

Today's Special: C-U comeback for Taco John's

CHAMPAIGN — Taco John's opened its doors Monday at 902 Meijer Drive in Champaign, its windows looking out to the next-door Carmike 13 movie theater.

"Three decades ago, there was one on campus, and Taco John's definitely has a loyal following," owner/franchisee Chris Saunders said. "It was time we came back."

The eatery has 40 to 45 employees.

Just Askin': Thefts at Wal-Mart?

After the Champaign Wal-Mart decided to close from midnight to 6 a.m. due to low foot traffic during those hours, several readers suggested the real reason was late-night theft.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Leslee Wright insisted this wasn't the case, and the data from local police departments appear to back this up.

Kraft Heinz in talks with Unilever after first bid rejected

NEW YORK — Kraft Heinz is attempting to buy Unilever in a $143 billion deal that would join the U.S. maker of cheeses and lunch meats with the European producer of mayo, teas and seasonings in a global powerhouse.

Jarling's reopens after a month of renovations

CHAMPAIGN — The Oreo snowstorms and cold-fudge sundaes are being served up again at Jarling's Custard Cup after a monthlong shutdown for store improvements.

Jarling's closed in January so its new owners could renovate restrooms that have been closed for decades and upgrade equipment to help fill customers' orders faster, said co-owner Tom Siegel.

Champaign businessman charged with fraud in Florida

CHAMPAIGN — In 1993, the city of Champaign gave a $350,000 loan to businessman Jack Hayes so he could buy and repair the parking garage at Church and Randolph streets.

"You can nail my carcass to the side of that deck if this doesn't work," Hayes told the city at the time.

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