ICC awards Ameren a fraction of rate hike request

SPRINGFIELD – In a stunning ruling, the Illinois Commerce Commission awarded the Ameren Illinois Utilities a tiny fraction of the $130 million rate increase the company requested.

American Legion post wants to rezone land to lease to AT&T

DANVILLE – AT&T wants to put at least two new transmission towers in Danville, but the preferred site for one is on American Legion Post 210 property and will require a zoning change.

Business giant says energy tech is future

URBANA – If you're looking for opportunity over the next 25 years, look to energy technology.

That field is poised to succeed information technology as the next big economic driver, said Thomas Siebel, the founder of Siebel Systems.

Software maker issues update to address problem for machines on UI campus, elsewhere

A software vendor has released a new update that should alleviate the bugs that invaded University of Illinois computers on Wednesday.

An update to the antivirus software that protects most UI machines appeared instead as a virus Wednesday morning, according to Mike Corn, chief privacy and security officer for the campus. Machines running Windows XP are affected.

'Shrink-wrap' electronics could help neurological disorders

URBANA – Epilepsy and other neurological conditions could be treated with electrodes that "shrink-wrap to the brain's surface," says a University of Illinois professor who has pioneered flexible electronics.

It's Your Business: Beauty chain plans opening at mall

The beauty chain store Sephora will open in Champaign's Market Place Mall this summer.

The store, at nearly 6,000 square feet, will carry over 13,000 products from more than 200 different brands, including skin and body care lines, fragrances and hair care items.

Workshop scheduled on basics of using Twitter

If you're interested in using Twitter but aren't sure how to get started, the Champaign Public Library has a workshop that can help.

A Tech Talk next week will focus on teaching Twitter to beginners. It's scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the library's Busey Computer Room.

Books that don't just lie there

CHAMPAIGN – When Apple announced its iPad in late January, Theo Gray decided he would adapt his book "The Elements" as an e-book application for the tablet computer.

"I've got 60 days. Can I make this happen?" said Gray, a co-founder of Wolfram Research in Champaign.

Claims not so 'exaggerated' 50 years after PLATO

URBANA – The PLATO computer system at the University of Illinois innovated both in hardware – including plasma display and touch screens – and software – educational innovations, email, interactivity with other users and even instant messaging as early as 1961.

Better Business Bureau says beware the phishy inbox

The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about a new phishing scam recently landing in e-mail inboxes across the U.S.

The bureau said the malicious e-mails have come from the address and they pretend to be about a complaint being filed against the company.