DANVILLE – How are John Deere tractors, BMW cars, Chiquita bananas and Kawasaki motorcycles connected with Vermilion County?
Companies here do business with them, and those companies are looking for skilled workers for good-paying jobs, such as engineers, graphic designers, computer programmers and more.
Computer services were interrupted Monday morning at the University of Illinois, after a brownout put the network on back-up power, and the Digital Computing Lab turned off some of its machines to save power.
By mid-afternoon, most services were restored, and a UI official was confident it would stay that way – barring another fluctuation in power.
BROADLANDS – Superintendent Andrew Larson said he is still hoping the Heritage school district will break ground this year on two new gymnasiums and cafeterias, one at each of the district's two schools.
Larson said the architect's blueprints are being finalized and the district is waiting on health department approval of the plans. He said if these steps fall into place, he hopes bids will be let sometime this fall, and construction will start by late fall.
CHAMPAIGN – A neighborhood-rights campaign continues to put pressure on AmerenIP to clean up a contaminated former manufactured-gas plant site at Fifth and Hill streets, contending the site poses a greater health risk than is being presented to the public.
Meanwhile, AmerenIP officials say that a nearly completed site-investigation report, already presented to the state in draft form, shows that contamination of soil and groundwater has spread off-site to the north, east and west, with off-site groundwater contamination to the south.
DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College trustees on Tuesday took another step toward issuing $1 million in bonds to make much-needed improvements to technology across campus.
Trustees authorized the college to enter into a $1 million debt certificate, or installment loan, with First Financial Bank in Ridge Farm, which is offering an annual interest rate of 2.6 percent. By law, the college must show debt before it can proceed with a bond sale.
If you think Apple's iPhone is just a telephone, Web browser, PDA, camera, GPS and mp3 player, you've got some more thinking to do.
According to video game developers, it – and the iPod Touch (an iPhone without the phone and camera) – is the newest major platform, with more than 400 games already released for the system. Of course, a large number of those are variations on casino games, crossword puzzles and Sudoku.
CHAMPAIGN – If you're going to name something after Larry Smarr, why not a supercomputer?
Smarr – best known in Champaign-Urbana as the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications – returned to town this week for a ceremony dedicating a supercomputer in his honor.
CHAMPAIGN – City council members gave their enthusiastic backing Tuesday night to creation of a car-sharing program in Champaign-Urbana, despite the fact that it could wind up costing the city thousands of dollars if drivers don't use it.
Meeting in study session, Champaign council members voted 8-0 in favor of directing staff to complete an intergovernmental agreement with Urbana, the University of Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, all of whom will share equally in the costs, and risks, of the car-sharing program.
CHAMPAIGN – Scott Breeding of Rantoul took a chamois to a freshly washed green and white Chevy Malibu Thursday afternoon at Parkland College, and Lucas Lange of Gibson City drove it onto the trailer that would take it to the St. Louis area, where they would be drag racing.
MATTOON – The parties involved in attempting to bring the FutureGen clean power plant to Mattoon will finish buying the land next week.
Coles Together and the FutureGen Alliance are basically splitting the $6.5 million cost of about 400 acres that have potential to allow the storage of liquefied carbon dioxide deep underground.