Parkland class brings computer knowledge -- and a computer

CHAMPAIGN – Brian Bell is finding new homes for computers through a program at Parkland Community College.

The entry-level class for computer maintenance is also helping some people to bridge what is called the "digital divide."

"Students take the class, then take a machine home," said Bell, 39.

Effectiveness of cell phone ban detailed in UI prof's research

DANVILLE – It's illegal in Illinois to talk on a cell phone in a construction zone, but every driver pulled over for that offense in a recent traffic detail had no idea the law existed.

DACC business center to host Internet marketing seminar

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Small Business Development Center will host a seminar called "Internet Marketing 101" on June 15.

It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at DACC's Village Mall site, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

The registration fee is $15, and it includes a box lunch.

Champaign in midst of remaking its website

CHAMPAIGN – In the middle of a $31,000 process to update the city's website, officials are hoping to make information easier to find and become more "interactive with the customers."

Urbana launches new municipal website

URBANA – An updated website for the city of Urbana will focus more on functions and issues rather than municipal government departments.

Bill DeJarnette, director of information services for Urbana, said the new site – – will officially launch Thursday.

FCC approves Frontier's acquisition of Verizon landlines

Phone bills for some customers in East Central Illinois will look different beginning later this summer.

Pretty good predictions on tablet computing from UI scientists - except timing

Before the University of Illinois invented the web browser, a team of UI researchers "invented" – in theory – a tablet computer with most of the features of Apple's iPad.

The year was 1988. The web browser, Mosaic, came five years later.

Three Champaign businesses first to be certified green by state association

CHAMPAIGN – An office, retail store and salon are the first three organizations to earn green business certification from the Illinois Green Business Association.

Mattoon firm's earnings jump despite drop in revenue for first quarter

MATTOON – Consolidated Communications' first-quarter earnings were more than double those of a year ago, even though revenues were down 3 percent, the company reported Thursday.

DWS Inc. files application for WUIL-FM license

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign-based DWS Inc. has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to acquire the license for WUIL-FM in Arcola.

The station, which advertises itself as 107.9 JAMZ, is currently licensed to Champaign Partners LLC of Oklahoma City. John S. and Melanie W. Maguire are listed as the principals in Champaign Partners.