CHAMPAIGN – One of the founders of SolarBridge Technologies says he learned some valuable lessons in the seven years since the company was founded.
One of them, ironically, was that for certain entrepreneurs, the lowest risk is to "bet all of your chips" on one product.
Another lesson learned by SolarBridge co-founder Patrick Chapman: Move quickly.
DANVILLE – With five candidates in the race for Danville mayor, a February primary is necessary.
But it will cost taxpayers $50,000-$60,000 and narrow the field by just one candidate, heading into the April 5 consolidated election, according to Barbara Dreher, director of the Danville Election Commission.
In crimes reported to area police:
– 900 block of Meijer Drive: Wallet, driver's license, identification items and a credit card reported missing Tuesday.
– 1600 block of Rion Drive: 1998 Chevy truck with a German shepherd left in the back stolen Tuesday.
GIFFORD – Gifford property taxpayers won't be paying toward the bonds for the Gifford school district next year.
That's because the school board will abate that amount ($143,343), using proceeds from the 1 percent Champaign County sales tax.
ROYAL – Prairieview-Ogden school board members want to get the most bang for their buck if they have a wind turbine built to provide electricity for PVO South Elementary School in Ogden.
Because of that, they asked if some alterations could be made to the turbine.
CHAMPAIGN – Bruce Weber's Illini are munching this weekend on a heaping helping of humility.
On the verge of cracking the Top 10 in thoroughly confused national polls, the Illini fizzled on trips to Chicago and St. Louis like water-soaked firecrackers. The reasons were different, but each was a last-minute disaster ... losses by 57-54 to UIC and 75-64 to Missouri.
Updated 11:50 a.m. Friday
Snow has begun falling in Champaign-Urbana, and area snowplow drivers are on alert.
Generally, I don't wait until the last minute to do things. I arrive early for the games I cover. I finish my stories before the copy editors yell to wrap it up. I mail Christmas cards within a week of Thanksgiving.
Clearly, however, there are exceptions. I haven't yet submitted my "2010 wish list" to Santa.
This is one deadline I will barely make.
From the National Weather Service:
"A weather disturbance will track across the Midwest late Thursday night through Friday night, producing a wide area of snow for central Illinois.
"The snow is expected to start late Thursday night north Of Peoria and eventually expand across the remainder of central and southeast Illinois friday afternoon.
Troy Gentle’s weekly update on the five players headed Bruce Weber’s way and the five players headed Jolette Law’s way: