Danville nonprofit hosts free collection of electronics and old medicine

DANVILLE – A local nonprofit organization is hosting free collections for electronics and appliances and prescription pills in celebration of America Recycles Day.

Grant will help pay for geothermal system at Washington School in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district has received a $90,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to help pay for a geothermal system at Washington Elementary School.

The grant will pay for one-third of the difference between the cost of a geothermal system and a conventional heating and cooling system.

'Fab Lab' drawing variety of users

URBANA – Call it a community workshop.

Metalworker Dean Rose came to create templates for making bells. University of Illinois freshmen came to put together a 3-D printer. A young mother came to design items for small kids. And youngsters from the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club came to assemble tin-can robots.

Mediacom rates to increase in December

RANTOUL – Mediacom customers can expect to see rate increases in their December cable bills.

Monthly rates for basic service will rise by $2, while rates for family service will go up $3, said Phyllis Peters, the company's communications director.

SolarBridge picks manufacturer

CHAMPAIGN – SolarBridge Technologies has selected Celestica to manufacture its Pantheon microinverter, the Austin, Texas-based company announced this week.

SolarBridge, which started in Champaign and continues to have a research and development office here, is developing microinverter technologies for the solar industry.

Conference aims to boost technology in low-income C-U areas

CHAMPAIGN – Organizers are hoping a two-day conference this weekend will churn out some ideas on how Champaign-Urbana's low-income neighborhoods can better use technology to improve their lives.

Details on conference

If you go...


– Symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, 501 E. Daniel St., C.

– Off-campus participants can park at Salem Baptist Church, 500 E. Park St., C., and a free shuttle will take visitors to and from the symposium.

Urbana council due to reconsider cable franchise proposal

URBANA – City council members next week will again consider a proposed cable franchise agreement with Comcast, a contract that allows the cable company to operate in the city.

The Urbana City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

State law could cost UI millions in research funding

URBANA – The University of Illinois could lose millions of dollars in federal grant money for a single researcher because a California company is balking at the paperwork and guarantees required by a state law designed to fight corruption.

UI launches online guide to events

URBANA – A comprehensive guide to University of Illinois events in Champaign-Urbana and throughout the state is now up at a  website.