Crowdfunding campaign launched for dolls of historical women

University of Illinois students Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves came up with the idea for Miss Possible, a business that sells dolls based on actual women who contributed to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Allen co-writes guide for women in 'sandwich generation'

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign financial adviser recently cowrote a guide to help "sandwich generation" women care for aging relatives while also tending to children.

Business listings, July 20, 2014

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

10,000 Words Photography, 223 Misty Cove, Savoy, by Melissa Kuhl, same address.

A Plus Limo & Taxi, 113 S. Glover Ave., U, by Pablo Herrera III, same address.

Researchers look to past for clues on record yield

A roundup of agriculture news

URBANA — University of Illinois agricultural economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good were curious.

How has this year's weather stacked up with the weather in years that produced high corn yields?

Sneak Peek at It's Your Business: Seeing Daylight

Here's an advance look at one of the items from the It's Your Business column in this Sunday's paper.

Watch for Daylight Donuts to rise in Tuscola.

"We'd like to be open in three to four weeks," said owner Richard Kidwell, who is remodeling the former Hardees restaurant at 901 E. Southline Road (U.S. 36) for the doughnut shop.

Women's event set for Champaign

A Republican congresswoman from Indiana, a Chicago attorney and University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise are among the keynote speakers for an "Investing in Women" event this weekend at the I Hotel and Conference Center.

The free event, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, is sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and is open to the public.

How sweet it is

URBANA — Whether you like it boiled, grilled or ripped right from the stalk and eaten fresh, now is the time to start loading up on local sweet corn from area roadside stands and farmers markets.

On Tuesdays and Fridays, the folks at Griest's stand off High Cross Road in Urbana pick the ears around 5:30 a.m. and start selling them around 3 p.m. until they're out.

California firm takes majority share of wind farm project

KEMPTON — A California company announced Tuesday it has secured majority ownership of the first phase of a wind farm to be built this summer in East Central Illinois.

Energy firm takes steps toward expansion of biodiesel facility

DANVILLE — Although there are no specific plans for expansion, Renewable Energy Group Inc. has purchased several lots next to its Danville biodiesel production facility and is asking the city to vacate alleys and portions of streets in the area and change the zoning from residential to industrial.

WEED DATING: Mixing farming and friendship

You've heard of speed dating? Well, a Champaign-based group that promotes sustainable agriculture is offering a new twist, called "weed dating."

"We're doing it to help people meet other like-minded people who are interested in sustainable agriculture for both friendship and dating," said Magdalena Casper-Shipp, office manager and program coordinator for The Land Connection.

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