Firm hired to gauge Meijer noise

URBANA – The city council gave its unanimous approval Monday to hiring a consultant to look into noise problems at the new Meijer store, whose loading dock is near a residential area in southeast Urbana.

And they've decided to ask the consultant, Schomer and Associates Inc. of Champaign, to also investigate noise levels produced at the Solo Cup plant in east Urbana, which also is near a residential area.

UI's interim business dean made permanent

CHAMPAIGN – It took two searches spanning more than a year for the University of Illinois to find a new dean for the College of Business.

When it did, the choice was Lawrence DeBrock, who's been a faculty member and administrator in the college for 30 years, most recently as interim dean.

Faculty member named dean of UI College of Business

CHAMPAIGN – Lawrence DeBrock, a longtime University of Illinois faculty member and administrator, has been named dean of the UI's College of Business, pending approval by the UI Board of Trustees May 21 in Chicago.

DeBrock, 56, has been interim dean since 2008, when former dean Avijit Ghosh was named vice president for technology and economic development.

Air museum officials interested in land controlled by village

RANTOUL – Chanute Air Museum organizers would like to build their new museum building on the same property that the village of Rantoul had been saving for a proposed business park.

Museum President Bill Geibel told the museum's membership this weekend they have identified between 66 and 68 acres of land on the northeast corner of Chandler Road and Century Boulevard as the site for a proposed new museum.

Wolfram expecting big bang from new computational tool

CHAMPAIGN – Wolfram Research is getting ready to launch its most ambitious project since Mathematica.

Called WolframAlpha, the new "computational knowledge engine" is scheduled to be released in May. With it, folks will be able to get answers they can't get from search engines.

It's Your Business: T. Kelly Jewelers planning to close

Longtime jeweler Tim Twedt is closing his Champaign store, T. Kelly Jewelers, later this spring or early summer.

The closing comes a few months after one of the most profitable years he's had, but due to health reasons, Twedt, 60, said he needed to close the store.

UI alumnus returning to C-U in lead of "Drowsy Chaperone"

Last time Roberto Carrasco sang at the University of Illinois, he performed as a grad student at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Area Jews begin preparing for Passover observances

Jewish faithful will be cleaning their kitchens this weekend to get rid of crumbs of chometz.

The term refers to food and drink made from leavened or fermented grains that should not be eaten during the Passover holiday.

New Clifton Gunderson CEO: Be an information sponge

CHAMPAIGN – Krista McMasters started in accounting – and ended in accounting – at the University of Illinois. But en route to getting her bachelor's degree, she thought about other fields.

McMasters, who's scheduled to become chief executive officer of the Clifton Gunderson accounting firm in June, confessed on campus Thursday that at times, she didn't know whether she wanted to wind up in accounting.

Books by the Bushel event to help stock library shelves

CHAMPAIGN – Community members can help stock the libraries of area schools this weekend.

The 13th annual Books by the Bushel will be held at Barnes & Noble bookstore, 65 E. Marketview Drive, C, beginning today and going through Sunday. The event is sponsored by the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana.