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Heading up Central Illinois Business Magazine’s 12th class: Woman of the Year Giselle Rodriguez, a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, and Salvo Rodriquez, director of new business and partnership for United Way of Champaign County.

Lots of groundbreaking in this week’s Mailbag on everything from mastodon remains found during a construction project 50 years ago to road work to a university construction project to updated natural gas lines in Champaign to a new business.

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s unemployment-claim system is back online Thursday after a more than two-day outage rendered the system unable to distribute unemployment checks or accept claims and certifications online.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Lynn Osborne has been remodeling two homes. They are different styles, in different states, with different contractors. But there has been one constant: delays due to a shortage of skilled labor.

EDITOR'S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cast a fog of misinformation over the U.S. trade dispute with China, floating inaccurate numbers and skewed economic theories as big tariffs kicked in on Chinese goods.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German industrial equipment maker Siemens says it will cut some 10,000 jobs in a major restructuring that will involve spinning off its oil, gas and power generation business and creating new areas of growth.

NEW YORK (AP) — Drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft turned off their apps Wednesday to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors.Demonstrations took place in 10 U.S. cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, as well as some European locations like London.