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.

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.

Audi to update 850,000 cars as diesel recalls widen

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology.

Lyft forms own autonomous vehicle unit

DETROIT (AP) — Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars.

Illinois jobless rate up slightly in June

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois unemployment rate increased slightly in June while nonfarm payrolls increased by nearly 9,000 jobs.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported the preliminary data Thursday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics .

Unemployment inched up 0.1 percentage point in June to settle at 4.7 percent.

Layoffs begin at Indianapolis plant Trump criticized

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 300 Carrier Corp. workers were being laid off Thursday from the company's Indianapolis factory as part of an outsourcing of jobs to Mexico that drew criticism last year from then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

07-20-17 Busey Money Talk

07-20-17 Busey Money Talk: Play now!

07-20-17 Busey Money Talk.  Today Kevin Melchiorre, Aaron Sutton, and Thaddeus Yasunaga from Busey Wealth Management discuss the market and investing and the current win streak the markets are on.


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