Illinois Ancestors: Webinar will focus on city directories

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) continues to offer free educational sessions on the Internet called webinars and the next one is scheduled for 8 p.m. May 12. Titled "Need Directions?

Academy links STEM lessons, families

CHAMPAIGN — When Reuben Chambers' artsy fourth-grade son joined a STEM-focused after-school program, he never imagined little Donovyn would wind up teaching him a thing or two about electrical engineering.

"It's endearing," Chambers said.

Downtown Urbana getting Internet for free

URBANA — Free WiFi is now available throughout much of Urbana's central business district and the Blair Park neighborhood.

Peter Folk, CEO of Volo Broadband, said his company is providing the service, with the approval of the Urbana Park District and the city.

"It's live. We launched it on a trial basis a couple of weeks ago," Folk said Thursday.

Latest round of UC2B construction underway in Urbana

An official with the project that's expanding ultra fast high-speed internet in the Champaign-Urbana area said the beginning of construction this week should help to drive up interest in the service.

A glimpse of future in classrooms today

WESTVILLE — At Westville High School, students are using digital cameras, iMacs and video-editing software to produce their biweekly news broadcast, "Tiger Tales."

Westville Junior High eighth-graders are powering on their laptops to solve real-world problems, such as which cellphone provider offers the best deal to its customers.

Rich Warren: Disposal passing repair as electronics solution

You and the Earth benefit by repairing rather than discarding electronics.

A TV or stereo receiver from 1980 usually could be cost-effectively serviced. Today manufacturers design disposable products. You may be happy with your smartphone, but when the battery goes, so goes the phone.

Illinois Ancestors: 1840 Menard census discovered

According to the most recent issue of the Illinois State Archives newsletter, For the Record (winter 2015), the original 27-page handwritten 1840 State Census for Menard County was recently discovered in a county vault.

Rich Warren: Navigating the world of Internet providers

Within the cozy confines of Champaign and Urbana you bask in Internet options. Beyond almighty Comcast, there's AT&T, and ITV-3, operator of the Big Broadband project, as well as Volo in some sections of town. One step outside of city limits and you're lucky for any broadband.

Earning some cash in a flash

Sometimes recycling perfectly good but no longer needed electronics that are cluttering the closet, basement or garage breaks your heart.

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