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Technology

Public hearing set on cleanup of former base

RANTOUL – Public hearings will be held in Rantoul sometime in May so that citizens can review and comment on proposed cleanup projects at the old Chanute Air Force Base.

Comcast's digital expansion adds to need for converters

URBANA – Comcast will digitize its "expanded basic" channels later this fall, requiring some area customers to get digital set-top boxes and digital adapters.

The change won't take place for several months, but Comcast is encouraging customers to make the change early by providing additional stations to those who do.

Most Comcast customers – about 78 percent nationwide – already subscribe to digital cable, so they won't need to make changes unless they have secondary TVs that aren't properly equipped.

Broadband expert forced to postpone Champaign trip for third time

CHAMPAIGN – Apparently the third time was not the charm.

City council members Tuesday will for a third time defer a discussion of the $31 million Big Broadband proposal, after Maryland consultant Doug Dawson informed city officials on Monday that he was still sick and could not make the trip to Champaign.

High-tech language of love on display

A bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates for your valentine? How about an e-valentine instead?

It's not even halfway into the semester yet, and some of the University of Illinois students enrolled in CS 125 (Introduction to Computer Science) have started playing with their newfangled programming skills by creating valentines.

City may recharge funds for battery recycling program funding

URBANA – The city council may appropriate more funding to its battery recycling program for at least a year when it meets next week.

The council will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. in the City Building, 400 S. Vine St., to decide whether to give an extra $3,000 to the program that a city official said has become more popular.

Sony acquires Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology

CHAMPAIGN – Sony Corp.'s acquisition of Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology brings a big player on the global stage into the fast-growing field of biological instrumentation.

Sony announced Tuesday that it has acquired iCyt (pronounced like "eyesight"), a maker of flow cytometry equipment that employs about 30 in the University of Illinois Research Park.

PBL grad coming home for speech about flying cars

Chamber to host Terrafugia exec at annual meeting

Paxton-Buckley-Loda graduate Samuel Schweighart will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 18 at Lakeview Country Club in Loda.

Schweighart is vice president for engineering of Terrafugia, a company he co-founded with several fellow students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Terrafugia's goal is to provide innovative solutions to the challenges facing personal aviation.

Broadband consultant forced to cancel visit to Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – The Maryland consultant who audited the Big Broadband proposal will not attend this week's Champaign City Council meeting to field questions from council members, a city official said Monday.

Doug Dawson was ill on Monday and will not travel to Champaign for Tuesday night's city council meeting, Information Technologies Director Fred Halenar said. His absence likely will delay a council vote on whether to accept federal grant money if those funds were awarded.

Two new 'upper house' proposals ready for Danville High School

DANVILLE – A new student-centered program infusing arts and creativity into core subjects. Another where students study a global topic at home and throughout the world.

New courses including drama, photography and sports and entertainment marketing, and the latest technology to support those projects and activities.

These are some of the ideas that Danville High School staff and students hope will take flight in the ACE and GLOBAL "upper houses," starting next school year.

Big Broadband vote likely to be delayed by consultant's illness

CHAMPAIGN — The Maryland consultant who audited the Big Broadband proposal will not attend this week’s Champaign city council meeting to field questions from council members, a city official said Monday.

Doug Dawson was ill on Monday and will not travel to Champaign for Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Information Technologies Director Fred Halenar said. His absence likely will delay a council vote on whether to accept federal grant money if those funds were awarded.