Illinois Ancestors: Well-known genealogist stepping down

Well-known genealogist and speaker Loretto Dennis ("Lou") Szucs has officially retired from her top position at Ancestry "to spend more time with her family." Also well-known for her many books, including "The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy," she has been a longtime member of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, has held various positions in several genealogical societies for the

Tom's Mailbag April 10, 2015

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Rich Warren: Grace Mondo radio is the way to go

Radio is dead! Long live radio! Thousands of radio stations populate the Internet from the Antilles to Zambia. If you prefer local stations, they usually sound better online than over-the-air. Listening to Internet radio once required a computer, or more recently your smartphone or tablet. Now you finally can enjoy Internet radio the same way you enjoy conventional radio.

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogist offers grants for worthy projects

Noted genealogical researcher and author, Megan Smolenyak, has been awarding grants for genealogy-related projects for almost 15 years. (Next month, May 2015, will mark her 15th year.) Initially called Honoring Our Ancestors, but more recently named after her mother, Seton Shields, her grants have totaled 182.

Committee hears benefits of fax server

MONTICELLO — A fax server that would take advantage of Piatt County government's new phone system would cost around $4,000 to install, but could pay for itself in less than a year through reduced phone line charges.

UI on board with boosting minority firms

A new state program designed to give minority businesses easier access to millions of dollars' worth of information technology contracts is being used for the first time by the University of Illinois.

Rich Warren: Checking out the latest in sight and sound

A couple of times a year, Geoff Poor zaps an enthusiastic email into my inbox suggesting I visit his shop, Glenn Poor's Audio-Video, in the Old Farm Shops at Kirby and Mattis avenues in Champaign. For Poor, his business is as much a passion as a profession. I accepted Poor's invitation a couple of weeks ago.

No change for the meter? No problem

CHAMPAIGN — Drivers who park at meters in Champaign will no longer have to worry about the doctor who's running behind or the slow food service at a restaurant, thanks to a new parking meter application for smart phones.

Illinois Ancestors: April 1865 — Civil War's good, bad, worst days

As America continues to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it is appropriate to take note of important events that took place in April of 1865.

Rich Warren: Digital advice: An Apple addition and app subtraction

Dear Tim Cook:

As Apple CEO, you must be proud of your new Apple Watch. I received an email from a reader saying he was replacing his trusted Rolex with your new creation. Frankly, I think the battery life needs a bit of work.