CHAMPAIGN – As technology evolves, so does the way city officials keep their constituents informed.
Ideas of how to get information to city residents better were presented to the city council this week, and officials are discussing how to balance old media – like newspapers and written correspondence – with new media like Twitter and Facebook.
Unanticipated technical problems have introduced a delay in the planned launch of a redesigned News-Gazette.com Web site today.
It's time to buy milk, eggs and bread again. It's a few days until payday, and you'd like to save a buck or two. Which store in town has the lowest prices?
SavingEveryWeek.com, a new Web site launched last week, promises to help you figure that out.
URBANA – Joseph Lyding says he's "pleased and a little surprised" that the semiconductor technology he helped develop 14 years ago has finally been licensed.
The University of Illinois announced Tuesday that Samsung Electronics has been licensed to use the patented technology that can extend the life – or improve the performance – of silicon chips.
CHAMPAIGN – Amid growing questions surrounding the $31 million "Big Broadband" proposal, Mayor Jerry Schweighart on Wednesday said there may have been enough votes to kill the project – or at least its current form – before this week's city council meeting.
"It may be something that we need, but not now," Schweighart said. "Just the economy is not right to take on this kind of project."
CHAMPAIGN – City officials Tuesday night deferred a discussion of the $31 million "Big Broadband" proposal until a Maryland consultant who critiqued the system would be able to speak in person with the city council.
A report that Doug Dawson, the broadband consultant, released to local agencies last week – a generally positive critique of the proposal – exposed some weaknesses with the high-speed telecommunications network, for which local officials are still awaiting federal grant approval.
CHAMPAIGN – City council members will decide on Tuesday night if they would be willing to accept grant money for the multigovernment, multimillion-dollar "Big Broadband" project awaiting federal approval.
The discussion, which follows an independent consultant's assertion that there are still problems with the proposed high-speed telecommunications system, will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.
URBANA – Maybe practice makes perfect when it comes to baking a loaf of bread. But it's your brain size that counts a lot when it comes to scoring high on a video game, researchers have found.
A study conducted at the University of Illinois looked at MRI brain scans of men and women trained on "Space Fortress," an approximately 30-year-old video game developed at the UI, and discovered that how well gamers performed could be predicted by the size of certain regions of their brains.
SPRINGFIELD – It will likely be April before the Illinois Commerce Commission rules on Verizon Communications' proposed sale of land lines to Frontier Communications.
Verizon has proposed selling rural land lines in 14 states, including Illinois, to Connecticut-based Frontier so Verizon can concentrate on wireless communications and urban areas.