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Focus on Big Broadband is 2013 deadline, then expansion of network

CHAMPAIGN – Big Broadband organizers Tuesday night updated the city council on plans for implementing a nearly $30 million infrastructure for high-speed Internet in underserved areas of Champaign-Urbana.

More broadband details coming at Champaign council study session

CHAMPAIGN – Local officials are ready to unveil more details on the Big Broadband project that is intended to provide high-speed Internet to underserved areas in Champaign-Urbana.

Change in Mattoon's FutureGen role has area politicians steamed

MATTOON – A significantly revised FutureGen plan was lauded Thursday by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., but sharply criticized by area Republican officials.

The new proposal, called FutureGen 2.0, no longer includes construction of a state-of-the-art coal-gasification plant on a rural site west of Mattoon.

UI institute helps area educators take nanotechnology to classrooms

URBANA – Usually the stuff of "clean" rooms and laboratories and studied by university research professors, nanotechnology is making its way to the classroom.

To the middle school and high school classroom, that is, thanks to a summer institute for teachers being held at the University of Illinois.

Remember to get rid of sensitive data before recycling hard drive

CHAMPAIGN – So you're getting ready for the electronics recycling event this Saturday in Champaign and you've got that old computer from the closet that you're finally going to get rid of.

Hold on there.

Steven Rosenberg on a mission to reuse everything

CHAMPAIGN – Steven Rosenberg's office chair was once a car seat.

His apartment furnishings, including a leather couch, entertainment center and desk, all had previous lives before becoming part of his surroundings.

"Ninety percent of what's in my apartment is repurposed," Rosenberg said.

Two weeks left for businesses to take part in entrepreneur opportunities

CHAMPAIGN – Local businesses have only about two more weeks to take advantage of two opportunities offered by the Illini Entrepreneurship Center Network.

– High-growth companies in East Central Illinois have until Aug. 15 to apply for challenge grant awards of up to $5,000 for professional services.

Electric vehicles will take part in Fourth of July parade in C-U

CHAMPAIGN – Folks intrigued by innovative electric vehicles can see three of them Sunday in the Fourth of July Parade in Champaign-Urbana.

Grant will help UI fund open-source textbook initiative

URBANA – The University of Illinois will widen its foray into online, customizable textbooks with help from a federal grant.

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs has been awarded a $150,000 grant to establish an initiative that provides open-source textbook access for Illinois students.

A peek at supercomputing with Blue Waters open house

CHAMPAIGN – Blue Waters, the University of Illinois' state-of-the-art 88,000-square-foot facility that could revolutionize supercomputing, is up and running on a temporary, smaller scale.