Device failure blamed for outages in Mahomet

A mechanical device failure caused power outages Friday morning to Mahomet schools and businesses.

Leigh Morris, spokesman for Ameren Illinois, said the company had two outages
on file, both in the morning, due to mechanical device failure.

There was no evidence the outages were weather-related, according to Morris.

UI professor, others win Innovation awards

CHAMPAIGN – "Inventor extraordinaire" might be the best description of Mark Shannon.

The University of Illinois mechanical engineering professor has submitted more than two dozen inventions to the UI's Office of Technology Management over the last 14 years.

Wisconsin firm edges Champaign company for prize

CHICAGO – ImBed Biosciences of Madison, Wis., won the $10,000 Propel Business Plan Competition last week, edging out a Champaign-based company and four other firms.

Millionth book scanned to digital in project

URBANA – One million books, many of them rare and difficult to find, are now digitally available and searchable, thanks to a consortium that includes the University of Illinois.

3 UI inventors to get shot at $30,000 honor

URBANA – Three University of Illinois students have been chosen as finalists for the $30,000 Lemelson MIT-Illinois Student Prize to be awarded March 9.

The prize is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated "remarkable inventiveness and innovation."

This year's finalists are:

New technology helps with MRIs for those with pacemakers

URBANA – For doctors like Benjamin Rhee, advising an MRI for a patient with a pacemaker was always a tough call made under enormous pressure:

Would the benefit outweigh the risk?

Workshop on starting tech business set Feb. 26

CHAMPAIGN – A workshop about what it takes to start a technology-related business is scheduled Feb. 26 at the University of Illinois.

The "Invention to Venture" workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Coordinated Science Laboratory, 1308 W. Main St., U.

Champaign County a finalist for new chemical plant

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County is one of four finalists for a chemical-processing plant that would employ 205 and involve a $250 million investment.

Residents voice concerns over Vermilion turbine ordinance

DANVILLE - Two Rankin-area residents raised concerns to the Vermilion County Board on Tuesday night about whether the county's wind ordinance adequately protects the public's interests in regard to the wind farm that's planned for northwestern Vermilion County.

Tech recycler looks to build permanent presence

URBANA – An electronics recycling contractor that ran four one-day recycling events in Champaign last year is looking into establishing a permanent presence here.