Big Broadband seeking information on building out network

CHAMPAIGN — Officials are seeking information for other ways they might consider expanding a high-speed, fiber-optic network beyond what was allowed under a federal grant.

Carle seeking large expansion of emergency department

URBANA — Carle Foundation Hospital has applied to a state regulatory board for permission to add space and beds to its emergency department.

Use of Carle's emergency room, which serves as the local area's Level 1 trauma center, has "skyrocketed," hospital officials said.

Level I trauma centers serve the most acutely ill and injured patients in their regions.

Urbana City Council set to review its agreement on fiber-optic network

URBANA — The city council this week will consider a resolution that some members hope will address concerns over moving forward with a plan to invite a private company to build out a high-speed, fiber-optic network throughout Champaign-Urbana and Savoy.

MTD board orders new buses, vans

CHAMPAIGN — Members of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board acted Wednesday to order 10 new 40-foot hybrid buses, three gas-powered vans and to apply for the agency's full $24.9 million state operating assistance grant for the current year.

The new buses, expected to be available by early 2013, will bring to 55 the number of hybrid coaches in the MTD's 102-bus fleet.

514 households commit to Gigabit deal

URBANA — More than 514 people in Champaign-Urbana and Savoy have committed at least $381,800 toward an effort to bring a community-wide fiber-optic network to the area, and officials are submitting an application to a private company offering to do just that.

Electronics banned at courthouse

URBANA — If you're on jury duty or waiting for a friend at the Champaign County Courthouse and need something to occupy your time, better plan on it being knitting, a magazine or a paperback book.

C-U foundation, DSO vie for online votes

Two local nonprofit organizations are in the running for a $15,000 office technology makeover, and you can vote to help them win.

The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation and the Danville Symphony Orchestra are both finalists in the RK Dixon 7th annual Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest. The two organizations are among 20 non-profits who made it through the first round of voting.

City awaiting higher OK on new cell tower

DANVILLE — City officials are holding off on giving AT&T Wireless a building permit for a 199-foot cellular tower on a site that's close to Provena United Samaritan Medical Center's helicopter landing pad, because the city wants the Illinois Department of Transportation to give approval to the tower.

Plans outlined for high-voltage line

CHAMPAIGN — Ameren Transmission has outlined several potential route corridors it may use for a high-voltage transmission line connecting its Sidney and Rising substations.

All the potential corridors run west from Sidney to points along or west of Interstate 57, then north to the Rising substation northwest of Champaign.

Electronics recycling set for Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — Another countywide residential electronics recycling will be held Saturday at The News-Gazette Distribution Center, 3202 Apollo Drive, C.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to noon. Access to the distribution center is at the intersection of North Market Street and East Olympian Drive.