Ben Zigterman

Ben Zigterman

Christensen's lawyers detail mental-health issues, including homicidal thoughts

PEORIA — Three months before Brendt Christensen allegedly kidnapped visiting scholar Yingying Zhang in June 2017, he told the University of Illinois Counseling Center he had been having suicidal and homicidal thoughts, according to documents unsealed Monday.

CERL designs, 3D-prints nation's first reinforced-concrete bridge

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign lab has designed and 3D-printed the first reinforced-concrete bridge in the country.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Construction Engineering Research Laboratory was testing the 3-foot-wide foot bridge last week, hoping it would be able to withstand the 15,000 pounds it was designed for.

Just Askin' | Emmy-winning Champaign business

Q: Why is a Champaign-based firm receiving an Emmy today?

A: Because the company, Cobalt Digital, helps deliver HD video over the internet.

The company is receiving a technology and engineering Emmy for "Pioneering Reliable Transmission Method for Live Contribution and Distribution TV Links."

Judge denies bid for MBA from UI student dismissed after sex-assault accusations

URBANA — U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce has denied an emergency request to grant a University of Illinois MBA degree to a former student accused of sexual assault.

The student filed a federal lawsuit last month arguing his due-process rights had been violated during the UI's investigation and said he faces termination at his job in Boston if he doesn't have his degree by April 15.

UI's decision on drinks at games about more than just beer money

CHAMPAIGN — After $7 domestics and $8 craft brews go on sale this fall at State Farm Center and Memorial Stadium, revenue from the public beer sales is expected to top $100,000 in its first year.

But UI senior associate athletic director Marty Kaufmann said overhead costs involved with setting up the sales will lower profits, especially in Year 1.

New Champaign County clerk's only problem in first election: Too few voters

CHAMPAIGN — Preliminary results indicate turnout was down Tuesday in Champaign County compared with similar local consolidated elections.

Just over 17,000 ballots were cast Tuesday, or 13.27 percent of the 128,000 registered voters in the county.

BP opens 'information technology center' at UI Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — The British oil and gas company BP is opening an office at the University of Illinois Research Park.

The park is holding an opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony today for the company, which is opening an "information technology center."

The center will have a full-time director and an interdisciplinary team of UI students.

VeoRide's electric bikes make C-U debut near UI Undergraduate Library

CHAMPAIGN — The bicycle-sharing company VeoRide is launching its electric bikes this week in Champaign-Urbana.

A few of the bikes were available near the University of Illinois' Undergraduate Library Monday, and a full launch is planned for Wednesday, said Ben Thomas, the company's local general manager.

Food historian has many kernels of knowledge on corn's role in history

URBANA — Usually, when food historian Cynthia Clampitt gives her talk about the history of corn, she has to explain why.

Not so at last week's lecture at the University of Illinois, whose researchers started the conversation around hybridization of corn, developed "super sweet" corn and started the Morrow Plots, the oldest experimental crop field in the country.

Just Askin' | Midwestern floods

Q: How have the recent Midwestern floods affected area farmers?

A: Not much, for several reasons, National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Geelhart said.

"The rivers in your part of the state really don't connect to the Mississippi until a lot further down," he said.