FutureGen revision will need state OK and maybe rate hike

If the recently revised FutureGen 2.0 project is ever built, it's going to require more support from the Illinois Legislature – and possibly more money from Ameren ratepayers.

Champaign native on panel researching Toyota problems

With an eye toward finding the problem that caused Toyotas to accelerate suddenly, a Champaign native has been named to an elite national panel.

Toyota has recalled more than 8 million cars in the last year, and the carmaker argues its equipment was not defective.

St. Joseph-Ogden biology students get lowdown on nanotechnology

ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph-Ogden High School Biology students are learning about cutting edge technology.

The students in Brad Allen's Biology II class spent time this month learning about nanotechnology.

They studied "nanoscale chemical-electrical-mechanical manufacturing systems," Allen said.

N-G computer attacked

On Tuesday evening, a News-Gazette computer responsible for delivering advertising content was compromised from outside, an attack that appears to have originated in the Netherlands.

John Reed, information technology director, said the attack may have prompted users to download malware.

As of Wednesday morning, the issue has been resolved, he said.

Champaign's newest fire truck to be in use later this month

CHAMPAIGN – City firefighters have a new toy to play with.

It's 47 feet long, weighs 68,000 pounds and can flow 2,000 gallons of water per minute.

"That's a lot of water for big fires," said Deputy Fire Chief Eric Mitchell.

Road work scheduled in southwest Champaign neighborhood

CHAMPAIGN — Construction work in the Green Meadow neighborhood bounded by Mattis Avenue, Crescent Drive, Kirby Avenue, and Sangamon Drive will begin Thursday.

Power restored in west Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Just under 700 Ameren IP customers have their power back.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said a cable failed, affecting 678 customers in the area bounded by Highland Avenue on the east, Green Street on the south, Draper Avenue on the west and University Avenue on the north.

Power has been restored to the area.

Field day offers peek at fruits of UI energy farm

URBANA – Just what is an energy farm anyway?

On Thursday morning, you can find out.

The University of Illinois will host its first official field day at its energy farm in rural south Urbana. Interested farmers, students and area residents are welcome to attend, organizers said.

Rantoul hosting vintage street rod event

RANTOUL – For years, street rods have been known as modified pre-1949 vehicles.

The newly formed American Street Rod Association wants to keep it that way and will hold its first national Vintage Weekend this month in Rantoul.

Labor Day: The meat cutter



By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

Jeff Baumann always dreamed of owning his own business, and a career in meat cutting led him to fulfill that dream.