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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – http://www.urbanaillinois.us – will officially launch Thursday.
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."
Phone bills for some customers in East Central Illinois will look different beginning later this summer.
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.
CHAMPAIGN – An office, retail store and salon are the first three organizations to earn green business certification from the Illinois Green Business Association.
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.