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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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

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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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Urbana homeowner says AT&T left him in lurch on phone outage

URBANA — Don Allen has been without phone service at his Urbana home since Friday and was surprised to learn this week that he was not alone.