Wired In: Brandon Yates

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood interviews a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet BRANDON YATES, a University of Illinois civil-engineering student and a founder of DeepWalk Research Group, which aims to improve accessibility in wide areas of public space.

Business listings, June 16, 2019

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

EcoWater of Urbana, 1302 N. Lincoln Ave., U, R. Keith Jamieson, 802 W. Dianne, Mahomet.

Falafel Guys, 612 W. Church St., Apt. 42, Nabeel Al-Khamayseh, same address, and Saad Abukarsch, 2701 Pine Valley Drive, C.

Building permits, June 16, 2019

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing over $25,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Armstrong Builders Inc., new commercial building at 3706 Freedom Blvd., $266,500.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, June 16, 2019

Happy Mom-Said-You-Need-A-New-Tie-For-Work Day. In the spirit of the holiday, we asked sons and daughters to describe the most memorable activity they did with Dad.

Tom Kacich | Congressmen seeing world on taxpayers' dime

"Join Congress, See the World," could be the slogan for some members of our national legislature.

Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina who disappeared in 2009 only to be outed for having traveled to Argentina to meet with his "soul mate," continued his globetrotting recently as a member of the House.

Road to revenue: What will gas-tax hike, capital plan mean for Illinois?


Beginning July 1, the Illinois state tax on gasoline will double from 19 to 38 cents per gallon.

Just Askin' | Closure date for Lil Porgy's in Urbana

Q: What's next for Lil Porgy's in Urbana?

A: Lil Porgy's BBQ at 101 W. University Ave., U, will soon close, but exactly when is still up in the air, according to longtime owner Bill Van De Wyngaerde.

Mansfield trucker still driven after 50 years

MANSFIELD — Harold Mitchell Jr. got the bug for trucks at an early age.

"I've always liked trucks. That's all I played with when I was little," he said, noting he was driving the real thing on his father's farm as a teen before he received his driver's license.

Grammy nominee to headline Prairie Sky at Allerton

MONTICELLO — Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter Deana Carter will headline this year's Allerton Park and Retreat Center Prairie Sky Concert, scheduled for Sept. 20.

These folks all had a type(writer)

CHAMPAIGN — Hugh Hefner was many things — millionaire, publisher, celebrity and, of course, playboy.

But at heart he was a writer and editor, his daughter says.

When he was in grammar school in Chicago, Hefner published a neighborhood newspaper. In high school, he started a comic strip about his life.