CHAMPAIGN — Suburban Express has replied to a subpoena from the Illinois Attorney General following complaints about an ad many saw as racist.
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s is testing the use of fresh beef in another burger, the latest move by the fast-food chain to swap out frozen beef as it seeks to improve its image.
MONTICELLO — A pair of century-old Piatt County homes could open their doors for the bed-and-breakfast crowd in the coming months after getting the all-clear from separate zoning boards.
URBANA — A restaurant opening next month at Lincoln Square not only will feature food from Africa but also will ship proceeds to support a hospital on that continent.
CHAMPAIGN — On the outskirts of town sits one of the area’s fastest growing companies.II-VI EpiWorks, which makes epitaxial semiconductor wafers that are used in everything from cellphones to data centers, doubled in size this year, growing from about 50 employees at the beginning of the year to about 100.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. judge in New Mexico has dismissed more than two dozen complaints against the maker of American Spirit cigarettes but is allowing others to move forward over a line of tobacco touted as natural.
URBANA — Renita Pinto has had international experiences without leaving Urbana, thanks to renting out a room on Airbnb to people from China and Indonesia. Traveling photographer Charles “Stretch” Ledford has also had the world come to him.
Thursday brought a double dose of local economic news, with the release of long-awaited monthly reports on housing and the job market. Here are the highlights, courtesy Editor Jeff D’Alessio:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is apologizing for secretly slowing down older iPhones, which it said was necessary to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery fatigue. Many customers had interpreted the move as a way to juice demand for newer models.
DANVILLE — The expansion of Vermilion Valley Produce is underway with hopes of finishing the $375,000 project by the end of February.