Champaign startup gets $750,000 grant

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois biotech startup has received a $750,000 grant to help develop its handheld device that can quickly detect severe eye injuries.

InnSight Technology, founded by Carle ophthalmologist Leanne Labriola and UI assistant professor of bioengineering Dipanjan Pan, received the grant from the National Science Foundation for its Phase II funding.

The final straw: Area farmers step up after wildfires in Plains

FAIRMOUNT — There's plenty to do this time of year on the Rohrscheib family farm.

But Vern Rohrscheib and his daughter, Lynn, are putting all that on hold for a few days to load their hay bales to help fellow farmers and ranchers devastated by fires in Kansas.

Farm Leader: Mark Pflugmacher

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Mark Pflugmacher likes to have fun while farming. While in the tractor, he'll record videos of himself singing and dancing to songs he likes and send them to his wife Kristi, who also farms.

For area farmers, is it already time to sow? Close.

CHAMPAIGN — With the unseasonably warm spring weather, farmers are motivated to start planting.

"They've got their equipment preparation. They're putting on some nitrogen fertilizer, preparing their fields," said Howard Brown, Illini FS manager of nutrient stewardship. "Just anticipating, getting everything lined up."

Building permits, March 26, 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.


Huisinga Homes, new single-family residence at 5022 Abbey Fields Drive, $322,510.

Time crunch for Cronus Chemicals


Wired In: Thomas Satrom

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet THOMAS SATROM, founder and CEO of Satrom Music. Satrom, 28, of Champaign, is earning a master's degree in energy systems. His company builds musical equipment for the traveling musician. Products are designed to be lightweight while not sacrificing tone.

Just Askin': Oberweis Dairy

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Is Oberweis still planning to open this summer?

Oberweis Dairy announced in December that it would be opening a store this summer on South Neil Street in the former Atlanta Bread Company location.

Business listings, March 26, 2017

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

Carroll Professional Contracting, 1709 Tara Drive, C, James Carroll, same address.

Horsemen's Laboratory-EquiSal Div, 907 N. Westbrook Drive, Mahomet, John Byrd, same address.

I Can Pass Driving School, 10 Henson Place, Suite 3, C, Meilan Qi, 2403 Grange Drive, U.

Portillo's plans late May opening

CHAMPAIGN — The CEO of Portillo's has targeted a date for the opening of its new restaurant on Champaign's north side.

"We are looking to open at the end of May," Keith Kinsey told The News-Gazette. "We are targeting May 23."

The new restaurant is taking shape in the former HomeTown Buffet location at 2306 N. Prospect Ave.