CHAMPAIGN – City council members will hear an update on the $24 million Big Broadband project when they meet this week as committees have been working on the details of the high-speed Internet network for months.
The council will meet in study session on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.
TUSCOLA – Officials in Douglas County said on Monday they were disappointed about being passed over to host an underground storage site for carbon dioxide generated by the FutureGen coal plant.
But they also believe being named an alternate site puts the county in a prime position to host other projects.
A mechanical device failure caused power outages Friday morning to Mahomet schools and businesses.
Leigh Morris, spokesman for Ameren Illinois, said the company had two outages
on file, both in the morning, due to mechanical device failure.
There was no evidence the outages were weather-related, according to Morris.
CHAMPAIGN – "Inventor extraordinaire" might be the best description of Mark Shannon.
The University of Illinois mechanical engineering professor has submitted more than two dozen inventions to the UI's Office of Technology Management over the last 14 years.
CHICAGO – ImBed Biosciences of Madison, Wis., won the $10,000 Propel Business Plan Competition last week, edging out a Champaign-based company and four other firms.
URBANA – One million books, many of them rare and difficult to find, are now digitally available and searchable, thanks to a consortium that includes the University of Illinois.
URBANA – Three University of Illinois students have been chosen as finalists for the $30,000 Lemelson MIT-Illinois Student Prize to be awarded March 9.
The prize is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated "remarkable inventiveness and innovation."
This year's finalists are:
URBANA – For doctors like Benjamin Rhee, advising an MRI for a patient with a pacemaker was always a tough call made under enormous pressure:
Would the benefit outweigh the risk?
CHAMPAIGN – A workshop about what it takes to start a technology-related business is scheduled Feb. 26 at the University of Illinois.
The "Invention to Venture" workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Coordinated Science Laboratory, 1308 W. Main St., U.
CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County is one of four finalists for a chemical-processing plant that would employ 205 and involve a $250 million investment.