Home sales fall 1.8 percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuyers faced surging prices and a shrinking number of properties for sale in June — causing the pace of sales to fall.Sales of existing homes slipped 1.8 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.52 million, the National Association of Realtors said Monday.

Sugar deal with Mexico: Who will taste the benefits?

Are Americans getting a raw deal on sugar prices?

President Donald Trump called a recent agreement on sugar with Mexico a "very good one" for both countries. But companies that make candy, cakes and other foods containing the sweetener say it will lead to Americans paying more than they already do.

Wired In: Isak Massman

Each week, staff writer PAUL WOOD chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet ISAK MASSMAN, who co-founded Therapalz with fellow University of Illinois student FIONA KALENSKY. The start-up is creating therapeutic robotic stuffed animals for individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia and children with autism-spectrum disorders.

Building permits, July 23, 2017

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling costing more than $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Sun Structures Design, addition to single-family residence at 4613 Copper Ridge Road, $26,200.

Parkland program keeps on truckin'

CHAMPAIGN — Truck driving isn't an easy job.

"I stayed away from home 300 days a year," Sherry Jenkins said. "I stayed out 30, came home for four. I did that for 14 years."

Just askin': Bloomington's newly named arena

When did Bloomington's downtown arena change its name to Grossinger Motors Arena?

Not too long ago. In late June, the car dealership bought the naming rights for five years for $175,000 a year, replacing the U.S. Cellular Coliseum name that had been there since it opened in 2005.

Business listings, June 23, 2017

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

Coach ADYB, 2110 Plymouth Drive, C, Marc Changnon, same address.

Coffee and Cogs, 123 W. Main St., Suite 220, U, Ricardo Pierre-Louis, 705 W. Elm St., Apt. 6, U.

Crescent Marketing, lower level, 1001 S. Wright St., C, Zhizhe Zhang, 608 E. University Ave., C.

Today's Special: Sidney Dairy Barn adds Moo-Thru

SIDNEY — After 53 years of serving cold treats at 311 W. Main Street on the Sidney Slab, the Sidney Dairy Barn has added a drive-thru.

"Actually, we are calling it the Moo-Thru," owner Dennis Riggs said. "It started out when the building next door to me came up for sale. I needed some storage space, so I worked something out to purchase it.

Nissan, UAW in battle for votes at Mississippi plant

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The United Auto Workers faces a strong anti-union campaign from Nissan Motor Co. as it tries to gain a foothold in the union-averse South by organizing workers at the Japanese automaker's Mississippi plant.

Tom's #Mailbag, July 21, 2017

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It's almost easier to list what isn't in this week's mailbag (Trump, Rauner, Cubs, Golden Corral) than to list what is in it.

OK, that's kinda fake news.