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Emanuel leads delegation to woo UI tech grads to Chicago

URBANA — It's eight months until graduation, but Jeffrey Lale, a computer engineering major at the University of Illinois, is already weighing offers from technology companies.

The senior from Wilmette has spoken with almost every major tech company you've heard of and he's even turned down one company's offer so far.


Pavlov upgrades free wireless in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Pavlov Media has upgraded the Wi-Fi network in downtown Champaign, improving the system's download speed to 10 megabits per second.

The Champaign-based company began offering free Wi-Fi downtown in 2007 through a partnership with the city of Champaign. The upgrade was completed a few weeks ago, Pavlov spokesman Christopher Hunt said.


Twitter founder stops in C-U seeking employees for Square

URBANA — Twitter founder Jack Dorsey said he knew Twitter hit the big time in 2009 when he watched a presidential speech and saw senators using their phones while the president spoke.


Stores use 'scrip' to promote local business

URBANA — Twenty-three businesses so far have agreed to participate in a program that would use "scrip" to promote local business.

The UC Smiles program plans to issue scrip — a substitute for currency — beginning in November. Participating retailers will offer promotions and discounts to customers using the scrip.


Alcoa gets look at fruits of its technology grant

DANVILLE — In a conference room at the Alcoa plant in Danville, Cody Bainbridge showed top corporate officials how to draw and manipulate geometric shapes using sophisticated computer software, then explained how he and his peers have used the skills to design everything from small-scale furniture to model vehicles.


THQ: 'Dominatrix' to get full-game treatment; preproduction stops on 'inSANE' trilogy

CHAMPAIGN — Jason Rubin liked Volition's "Saints Row: Enter The Dominatrix" so much, he upgraded it to a stand-alone game.

Rubin, the new president of Volition's parent company, THQ, told analysts Monday he had "an incredible amount of fun" playing "Enter The Dominatrix" and decided it shouldn't be just a stand-alone expansion of "Saints Row The Third."


Consolidated Communications income drops for quarter

MATTOON — Consolidated Communications, which recently completed its acquisition of SureWest Communications, reported a 47 percent drop in second-quarter net income.

Net income totaled $2.9 million, down from $5.5 million in the second quarter a year ago. The drop was due in part to higher interest expense related to the SureWest acquisition.


Sales of many items starting to recover for Champaign firm hurt by recession

CHAMPAIGN — The recession proved to be a big hurdle for Litania Sports Group.

The Champaign-based company, which sells Gill track and field equipment as well as Porter Athletic and PowerMax products, took a big hit when construction of school sports facilities dwindled.


Gill products headed to Olympics

CHAMPAIGN — When track and field events get under way at the London Olympics next month, count on seeing a lot of equipment from Gill Athletics.

Gill, a brand of Champaign-based Litania Sports Group, makes vaulting poles, javelins, discuses and other equipment for field competition.


Drought, lake level no concern for Clinton nuke plant

CLINTON — The hot and dry conditions this summer haven't caused any problems at the Clinton nuclear generating station in nearby DeWitt County.

The plant operated at a 100 percent capacity factor in June, said Bill Harris, communications manager at the nuclear plant, and "we're running that in July too."