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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
URBANA – An updated website for the city of Urbana will focus more on functions and issues rather than municipal government departments.
Bill DeJarnette, director of information services for Urbana, said the new site – http://www.urbanaillinois.us – will officially launch Thursday.