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Geological Survey gets funding for next phase of accurately measuring state's ups and downs

It's fair to say much of Illinois is flat, but that's not good enough for building roads and mapping flood-prone areas.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded the University of Illinois a $799,200 grant for the second phase of the Illinois Height Modernization Program.


Something new under the sun: Two solar arrays going up at offices in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Henneman Engineering is installing a solar panel array atop its offices at 1605 S. State St., C.

The array is part of an 11.25-kilowatt electric generating system, said Michael Henneman, the company's chief executive officer.


Microgrid in downtown Champaign up for discussion

CHAMPAIGN – Mike Royse of One Main Development plans to bring business and university representatives together Monday to discuss what kind of role a "microgrid" might play in Champaign-Urbana.


Future fuel keeps sprouting at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – It grows fast, needs few nutrients and releases energy as biomass that could help Parkland College, and other institutions, reduce their reliance on petroleum.


Research Park board to discuss developer for expansion

A board that oversees the University of Illinois Research Park is closer to a decision on who will take on the park's expansion, but that decision is not likely to happen at the board's meeting this week.


Potential users imagine benefits of Big Broadband in Champaign-Urbana

By JOEL STEINFELDT For The News-Gazette

CHAMPAIGN – This summer, Tanya Weatherly will again decide between having Internet access at home and paying her other utility bills.


Parkland class brings computer knowledge -- and a computer

CHAMPAIGN – Brian Bell is finding new homes for computers through a program at Parkland Community College.

The entry-level class for computer maintenance is also helping some people to bridge what is called the "digital divide."

"Students take the class, then take a machine home," said Bell, 39.


Effectiveness of cell phone ban detailed in UI prof's research

DANVILLE – It's illegal in Illinois to talk on a cell phone in a construction zone, but every driver pulled over for that offense in a recent traffic detail had no idea the law existed.


DACC business center to host Internet marketing seminar

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Small Business Development Center will host a seminar called "Internet Marketing 101" on June 15.

It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at DACC's Village Mall site, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

The registration fee is $15, and it includes a box lunch.


Champaign in midst of remaking its website

CHAMPAIGN – In the middle of a $31,000 process to update the city's website, officials are hoping to make information easier to find and become more "interactive with the customers."