Just Askin': Rainy harvest

How has all the rain and dreary weather affected this year's harvest?

For Dirk Rice, who farms near Philo, it's been challenging to fit in time to harvest.

"It made bean harvest a little challenging. Beans you have to have dry to harvest," he said. "We had about two weeks there where we didn't do any."

Business permits, Oct. 29, 2017

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

Birdsong Handicrafts, 805 S. Urbana Ave., U, Rebecca Molloy, same address.

EA Transport, 927 E. Congress Ave., Rantoul, John Combest, same address.

Faces and Tresses, 3413 Stoneway Court, C, Toijavonne Hagerman, same address.

Wired In: Pinshane Huang

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet PINSHANE HUANG, an assistant professor in materials science and engineering who's headquartered at the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois. She uses multimillion-dollar tools to understand particles and devices at the atomic scale.

Today's Special: Flying Machine Avionics coffee shop takes flight in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A new coffee shop has opened in Champaign.

Josh Lucas of Urbana launched Flying Machine Avionics at 202 S. First St. on Oct. 20.

Building upon the success of his first shop, Flying Machine Coffee at 208 W. Main St., U, Lucas decided it was time to bring his concept to Champaign.

Building permits, Oct. 29, 2017

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing more than $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


C-U Under Construction, three-seasons room addition to single-family residence at 1706 Brighton Court, $28,400.

Cities keep working to amplify savings on residents' power bills

CHAMPAIGN — Last week, the Champaign City Council moved forward with pursuing another contract with a third-party electricity supplier, a move that has saved residents hundreds of thousands of dollars since the program launched in 2012.

C-U unemployment rate falls below 4 percent in September

CHAMPAIGN — Unemployment rates continued to drop in September compared with a year ago, to below 4 percent in Champaign-Urbana.

Across the state, the jobless rate dropped in each of Illinois' metro areas and in all 102 counties, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Here are the highlights from the latest unemployment report:

Gies: 'I learned the guns and butter of economics' at UI business school

CHAMPAIGN — It took a little over an hour, but Larry Gies made his way through a sea of University of Illinois business students.

Faces glittered with appreciation as he gave advice, posed for selfies and listened to personal stories. He meant to meet more of the crowd that turned out near the end of Friday's festivities but was whisked away to a meeting.

Champaign County home sales see healthy rise in September

CHAMPAIGN — Home sales picked up in September in Champaign County compared with a year ago, even as they dropped slightly across the state and nation.

"There's strong consumer confidence, and we've still got low interest rates," said Max McComb, the new president of the Champaign County Association of Realtors.