Two weeks left for businesses to take part in entrepreneur opportunities

CHAMPAIGN – Local businesses have only about two more weeks to take advantage of two opportunities offered by the Illini Entrepreneurship Center Network.

– High-growth companies in East Central Illinois have until Aug. 15 to apply for challenge grant awards of up to $5,000 for professional services.

Electric vehicles will take part in Fourth of July parade in C-U

CHAMPAIGN – Folks intrigued by innovative electric vehicles can see three of them Sunday in the Fourth of July Parade in Champaign-Urbana.

Grant will help UI fund open-source textbook initiative

URBANA – The University of Illinois will widen its foray into online, customizable textbooks with help from a federal grant.

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs has been awarded a $150,000 grant to establish an initiative that provides open-source textbook access for Illinois students.

A peek at supercomputing with Blue Waters open house

CHAMPAIGN – Blue Waters, the University of Illinois' state-of-the-art 88,000-square-foot facility that could revolutionize supercomputing, is up and running on a temporary, smaller scale.

Geological Survey gets funding for next phase of accurately measuring state's ups and downs

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.

Something new under the sun: Two solar arrays going up at offices in Champaign

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.

Microgrid in downtown Champaign up for discussion

CHAMPAIGN – Mike Royse of One Main Development plans to bring business and university representatives together Monday to discuss what kind of role a "microgrid" might play in Champaign-Urbana.

Future fuel keeps sprouting at Parkland

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.

Research Park board to discuss developer for expansion

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.

Potential users imagine benefits of Big Broadband in Champaign-Urbana

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.