CHAMPAIGN – Steven Rosenberg's office chair was once a car seat.
His apartment furnishings, including a leather couch, entertainment center and desk, all had previous lives before becoming part of his surroundings.
"Ninety percent of what's in my apartment is repurposed," Rosenberg said.
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.
CHAMPAIGN – Folks intrigued by innovative electric vehicles can see three of them Sunday in the Fourth of July Parade in Champaign-Urbana.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.