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Glitches pop up during Insight's upgrade

Problems with e-mail and slow and dropped connections on Insight Communications' fast Internet service, which have been plaguing some local residents since at least last week, should be mostly resolved by week's end, company officials say.

Residents who have problems now should try unplugging their cable modems, replugging them, resetting routers or other home networking equipment and restarting their computers, Melody Brucker, Insight's district vice president in Champaign-Urbana, said Wednesday.

Monticello officials consider gasification facility

MONTICELLO – City leaders are considering trying to convince a private company to build a biomass gasification plant in Monticello that would convert waste, crops or other products into energy by producing gas.

For example, a wood gasification plant treats scrap wood, landscape waste and other wood to produce a gas that can fire a turbine to generate electricity.

Staffing company will open center in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Glotel, an international staffing company, plans to open an office in Champaign that will recruit people to fill information-technology jobs nationwide.

The office, at 1902 Fox Drive, will employ nine people when it opens next Monday but could employ as many as 40 to 60 in the next year or so, said Greg Schweinzger, vice president of sales for Chicago-based Glotel North America.

Four of 12 possible coal plant sites in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – One-third of the potential sites for a $1 billion "coal plant of the future" are in Illinois, according to a U.S. Department of Energy announcement on Tuesday.

"FutureGen will be a stepping stone toward a cleaner, more energy-secure future," said a written statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman. "We are extremely pleased that we have 12 quality locations now in the running. One of these sites ultimately will become known worldwide as the place where a new generation of zero-emission energy plants made its debut."

It's your business: Gardening shop sprouts outlet in Champaign

There's a new source for gardeners in Champaign.

Danville Gardens Too, an offshoot of Danville Gardens, has opened at 1413 N. Prospect Ave., C, and is open seven days a week.

Urbana's Fairlawn Village going condo

URBANA – Since the early 1950s, the compact, single-story housing units at Fairlawn Village have been home to generations of tenants.

Now, the leases are being phased out and replaced with mortgages, because Fairlawn is going condo.

State to submit power plant bid this week

TUSCOLA – The state of Illinois intends to nominate Tuscola and three other cities in its bid to land the world's first "zero emissions" power plant, according to local development officials.

"They've told us they're sending all four," said Angela Griffin, president and CEO of Coles Together in Mattoon.

Predatory lending displacing homeowners, destroying their dignity

CHAMPAIGN – The Rev. Eugene Barnes is on a mission.

Though he's a man of God, he's worried about the activities of men right now.

It's your business: Errand businesses out to lend a helping hand

Ever wish you had more hours in your day to get stuff done?

Two Champaign women say their new errand-running services can help.

Proposal for bar on Urbana parking deck moves forward

URBANA – Despite some qualms, the Urbana City Council voted tentatively Monday night to move forward on a proposal to allow an open-air bar on the second floor of the downtown parking deck on weekends.

In an 8-0 voice vote, council members instructed city officials to continue negotiating a draft lease with Urbana bar owners Ian Goldberg and Scott Glassman, who are calling the proposed outdoor bar the Upper Deck. It would be in the western part of the parking deck's second floor.