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.

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.

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.

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.

Award to recognize tech companies with excellent work places

CHAMPAIGN – A new award has been established to recognize local technology companies with an excellent workplace, with financial rewards to be given to both the winning company and its employees.