N-G again named state's top newspaper, innovator

NORMAL — The News-Gazette extended its streak as Illinois' best newspaper in its class while being named Innovator of the Year in a pair of statewide editorial contests held last weekend in Normal.

Just Askin' | Facebook's Safety Check feature

Q: Who decided to activate the Facebook's Safety Check feature during the storms on June 10?

A: That would be Facebook, without input from local public-safety officials.

Officials at the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency and the sheriff's office said they had nothing to do with it.

New Soccer Planet owners familiar with sport's role in community

URBANA — When Soccer Planet opened in 2011, it filled a need for local soccer players.

Champaign-Urbana was one of the last central Illinois towns of its size to add an indoor soccer facility.

Building permits, June 17, 2018

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.


Signature Construction Inc., screened-in porch for single-family residence at 2107 Savanna Drive, $26,000.

Wired In: Eddy Mejia

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a different tech entrepreneur. This week, meet EDDY MEJIA, a University of Illinois MBA student, computer engineer and veteran who founded DisplayOne, which sells display solutions for people to showcase and protect their prized possessions.

Wired In: Eddy Mejia

Eddy Mejia, founder and CEO of DisplayOne, talks about his company's ShoeBoxOne product Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Gies College of Business Instructional Facility building on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign.

Business listings, June 17, 2018

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

CAMKO Property Group, 601 W. Green St., C, Jaime Camacho and Robert Kowal, same address.

Illini Analytics, 500 Red Bud Drive, Mahomet, Ryan Chandler, same address.

Property Evaluation & Tax Advisors, 201 Castle Lane, St. Joseph, Stan Jenkins, same address.

McDonald's switching to paper straws in U.K., Ireland

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's said Friday it will switch to paper straws at all its locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland and test an alternative to plastic ones in some of its U.S. restaurants later this year.

The burger chain and other fast-food companies are facing increasing pressure from customers and environmental activists to stop using plastic straws.

Multi-state salmonella outbreak tracked to Honey Smacks cereal

SPRINGFIELD — A multi-state salmonella outbreak has been linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal.

It's the second multi-state salmonella outbreak announced by health authorities in two weeks, following a warning issued earlier this month linked to pre-cut melons.

Champaign council to vote on grants for new Midtown development

CHAMPAIGN — Bar owner Scott Cochrane wants to spend about $1.67 million to renovate a long-vacant building across the street from the former Chester Street Bar.

The Champaign City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to chip in $300,000 in Redevelopment Incentive Program grants.