No brush-off for broomcorn at UI's 60th Agronomy Day

SAVOY — At the 60th annual University of Illinois Agronomy Day, experts will discuss big topics like nitrogen management, herbicide resistance and profitability.

They'll also cover topics that aren't quite at the top of mind of most area farmers, such as broomcorn, a sorghum crop used to make natural brooms.

Developer has a different idea for proposed indoor UI sports arena

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign developer Peter Fox believes there's a better site for an indoor University of Illinois multisports center: right across the street from State Farm Center, at the southwest corner of St. Mary's Road and Fourth Street.

And next to his I Hotel and Conference Center.

Area grocery stores, online firms partnering to deliver the goods

Grocery stores are beginning to offer online delivery, and it's not just for lazy millennials.

Though "you might be," said Art Sebastian, Meijer vice president of digital shopping, said. "You may use that time to nap. I don't know. Whatever makes sense for you. You're in control."

Wired In: Derek Hoiem

Each week, staff writer PAUL WOOD chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet University of Illinois computer-science Professor DEREK HOIEM, co-founder and CTO of Reconstruct, which uses new computer techniques to improve efficiency and reduce risk in construction.

Building permits, Aug. 13, 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.


Robby Cekander Home Services, alteration to single-family residence at 3401 Weeping Cherry Court, $38,300.

Today's Special: Courier Cafe among group's top lunch spots in state

URBANA — An Urbana eatery has been named one of the top 10 lunch spots in Illinois.

Best Things Illinois, part of Americantowns Media, named The Courier Cafe, 111 N. Race St., U, on its annual list of the top lunch spots in the Prairie State. It was ranked No. 7.

Business listings, Aug. 13, 2017

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

Ducky's Champaign, 134 E. University Ave., C, Mary Ellen Gray, 1606 Mayfair Road, C.

Global American Trade, 362 Paddock Drive West, Savoy, Ahmed Abouzahra, same address.

Hilary Pope Design, 403 W. Ells Ave., C, Hilary Pope, same address.

Just Askin': Google Street View returns

Why is a Google Street View car roaming around town?

A camera-laden Street View car was in downtown Champaign gathering updated photos for Google's mapping service.

The Street View images let people see what their destination will look like once they get there.

Monsanto program letting farmers apply for $2,500 gifts for nonprofits

CHAMPAIGN — Monsanto is giving farmers the chance to direct $2,500 to their favorite nonprofit as part of its America's Farmers Grow Communities program.

Farmers have until Nov. 1 to enroll in the program, which receives money from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the agribusiness giant.

UPDATED: American adds second flight to Dallas at Willard

Airport questions? Tom Kacich has answers

Updated at 12:20 p.m.

SAVOY — American Airlines is adding a second flight to Dallas from University of Illinois Willard Airport.

The new afternoon flight will begin Nov. 5, Willard Airport announced Wednesday.