Building permits, March 24, 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.


Signature Construction Inc., new single-family residence at 3125 Palmer Drive, $250,000.

Signature Construction Inc., new single-family residence at 3127 Palmer Drive, $250,000.

Q&A with new Illinois ag director: ‘I have the ability to talk the language’

When he was in the Illinois Senate, John Sullivan was the only farmer there and became the de facto spokesman for ag.

Now he's Gov. J.B. Pritzker's new director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, overseeing everything from meat inspections to medical cannabis.

Wired In: Rizky Wellyanto

Each week Paul Wood interviews a different high-tech difference-maker. RIZKY WELLYANTO is the CEO and co-founder of Virtision allows college students to virtually tour their next apartment, through the web, from their own home.

Business listings, March 24, 2019

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

Glitter and Gloss Kids Mobile Spa, 605 N. Fourth St., C, Crystal Peacock-Bigham, same address.

Lane Change Records, 1403 E. Washington St., Unit B, U, Bethany Murphy, same address.

Leave It To Us Property Management, 2102 E. Vermont Ave., U, Monica Bailey, same address.

The Law Q&A | Law provides for electronic signatures

Can a signature other than a pen put to paper be legally recognized in contracts and other documents under Illinois law?

Absolutely. Under certain circumstances electronic signatures used on a document can make the document as valid and enforceable as traditional "wet" signatures.

Just Askin' | Lake of the Woods golf course

How'd the Lake of the Woods Golf Course anniversary promotion do?

It was a success, according to David Sebestik, the Mahomet course's head golf professional.

"Quite a bit," Sebestik said of the promotion's sales, though he declined to share numbers. "Way more than a full membership that we've ever done."

Tom's #Mailbag, March 22, 2019

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This week's mailbag is bulging more than Bruce Pearl's pockets — and his shirts.

Illinois jobless rate stays at 4.3 percent

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The unemployment rate in Illinois was 4.3 percent in February.Illinois Department of Employment Security officials announced Thursday that the rate has remained unchanged since November.

MillerCoors sues Anheuser-Busch over corn syrup ads

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A fight between beer giants escalated Thursday after MillerCoors filed a lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch that accused its rival of trying to "frighten" consumers into switching to Bud Light with "misleading" Super Bowl ads.

Existing-home sales jumped 11.8% in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales soared 11.8 percent in February, aided by accelerating wages and falling mortgage rates that are improving affordability.

The National Association of Realtors said Friday that existing homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.51 million last month, a decisively sharp rebound from a pace of 4.94 million in January.