Wired In: Alfred Eisaian

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood interviews a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet ALFRED (AL) EISAIAN, co-founder and CEO of IntelinAir, who is a tech evangelist, serial entrepreneur, environmentalist and angel investor. His ideal workers? "Resilient, smart, nice people."

How did you become an entrepreneur?

Budding Parkland entrepreneurs make pitches at first CobraVenture showcase

CHAMPAIGN — At last week's first-ever CobraVenture pitch showcase, nine Parkland College students presented their business plans in crisp five-minute speeches, answering questions about everything from potential competitors and profit margins.

But three months ago, these students started with little more than ideas.

Business listings, May 26, 2019

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

Aa'Kailahs Kreations, 922 N. Third St., C, Trenika Washington, same address.

Bren - Will Daycare #2, 1508 N. Willis Ave., C, Willy Corado de corado, same address.

Mammoth Auction, 1402 N. Harris Ave., C, Christopher Wassom, same address.

Building permits, May 26, 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.


Legacy Solar, LLC, 31 panel solar system for roof at 2612 Nottingham Court, $39,000.

Just Askin' | How clean are state's gas station restrooms?

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What gas stations have the cleanest bathrooms?

According to the price-tracking app GasBuddy, the top five cleanest bathrooms in Illinois are:

1. Kelley's Market

2. Thorntons

3. Pilot

4. Casey's

5. Murphy USA

CEOs' median 7% pay increases leave workers further behind

NEW YORK (AP) — Did you get a 7 percent raise last year? Congratulations, yours was in line with what CEOs at the biggest companies got. But for chief executives, that 7 percent was roughly $800,000.

KoFusion planning to move in to former PNC Bank by Nov. 1

CHAMPAIGN — Workers from Earth Services have been busy tearing down the drive-thru on the former PNC Bank this week in downtown Champaign.

It won't be needed once sushi restaurant KoFusion moves into the first floor of the 109-year-old building.

Whoa Nelly: Was concert too loud?

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House overwhelmingly approves bill to promote retirement security

WASHINGTON — The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday to promote retirement security by making it easier for small businesses and other companies to offer retirement plans.

Shift to electric automobiles raises questions about jobs in industry

ZWICKAU, Germany (AP) — Over 115 years, the auto industry in the east German town of Zwickau has lived through wrenching upheavals, including World War II and the collapse of communism. Now the city's 90,000 people are plunging headlong into another era of change: top employer Volkswagen's total shift into electric cars at the local plant.