Online tool can help students with scholarships and more

High school students who are hunting for college scholarships, exploring career options or figuring out how to manage loans can find help in one spot on a recently-added "student portal" created by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Rich Warren: Message received: TV tuners vary by brand, model

The dust and poker chips from the Consumer Electronics show settled and little showcased there will change your life. Other than looking cool, curved TV screens fail to deliver a better picture or a more immersive experience. What more can be crammed into a smartphone that doesn't already fill its innards, short of a better, longer lasting battery?

Full transcript: Rauner's State of the State address

Today marks a new beginning for Illinois.

And a new partnership between the General Assembly and the governor.

Last November, voters made it clear they want bipartisan government. They want a government where people come together to solve problems and get things done.

Illinois Ancestors: Column reaches milestone

It doesn't seem possible that this month begins the 18th year of this "Illinois Ancestors" genealogy column. The saying, "Time flies when you're having fun," couldn't be more appropriate!

Grammy regulars

CHAMPAIGN — After Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey received a 2006 Grammy nomination for Best Historical Album, they figured they would stay home and watch the awards ceremony on TV.

"Then we thought, 'Well, that's stupid,'" Hennessey remembered.

CEO oversaw years of change

CHAMPAIGN — Human Kinetics — and the publishing industry — changed greatly during Brian Holding's 17 years as CEO.

"The greatest challenge has been in the last six years when we, as a business, faced tremendous transformation in our industry," said Holding, 62, of Champaign. "It changed the way we produce books. It changed what we produced. It changed to whom we sell."

Illinois Ancestors: Advertised runaways often included whites

Many thousands of white Europeans did not come to the American colonies as free men and women, but as indentured servants, political exiles and transported convicts. Many who could not pay for passage to America agreed to be a servant for a few years in exchange for the trip. 

Rich Warren: Get ready, cable apps are all the rage

2015 promises scores of smartphone apps you'll download and probably never use.

Dozens of features you'll lust after and probably never use. Smartphones and tablets in sizes for every hand, pocket and eye prescription will flood the landscape. The universal, excluding those who only want to make phone calls or text, will be the entertainment available on these devices.

UI videos take aim at sexual assault on campus

CHAMPAIGN — It's on us.

The slogan you may have heard on television commercials urging viewers to speak out against sexual assault is gaining traction at the University of Illinois, with Illini athletes and campus leaders joining the cause.

Updated: Solar farm construction to start in spring at UI

CHAMPAIGN — This time next year, students at the University of Illinois could be studying under lights powered by energy from the sun — at least in part.

A long-awaited "solar farm" considered a key step in the UI's transition to renewable energy is moving into the design phase, with construction expected to start in the spring.