Rich Warren: Reader protests statement about cellphone companies

Once in a while we touch a nerve. This column avoids politics but sometimes inadvertently crosses the line. Thus, the following rebuttal to the Aug. 15 column:

Computer programming workshop set for dyslexic students

URBANA — A free workshop about computer programming for dyslexic students is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Lewis Auditorium at the Urbana Free Library, 200 W. Green St., U.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Chicago campus has joined the Common Application Consortium

CHICAGO — Overall admissions numbers and the quality of student applicants both improved this year at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which recently joined the Common Application Consortium.

But UI officials say it's too soon to gauge the full impact of the school's decision to use the Common App, which has not been adopted by the Urbana-Champaign or Springfield campuses.

State chamber president to retire

A roundup of business news:

SPRINGFIELD — Doug Whitley plans to retire as president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce next year after 12 years in the job.

Whitley, 63, notified the chamber's board of directors of his plans Thursday, according to a chamber release.

Rich Warren: Recycling event and antenna answers

Answers. We have answers.

First, however, a reminder about recycling: While out driving recently I saw analog picture tube TVs sitting in a driveway with a sign that said "free." Trash collectors don't want old TVs, and most people desire flat-panel TVs that incorporate digital tuners.

UI researchers involved in dark energy project

URBANA — Since Saturday, a camera atop the Andes Mountains in Chile has been taking pictures of galaxies far, far away while researchers in Urbana have been processing those images and preparing them for scientists to review — in the hopes of one day shedding light on mysterious "dark energy."

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogist offers advice

"Genealogy doesn't have to be difficult, but it helps to have some help along the way."

Michael John Neill's advice is simple, yet timely. He offers advice from his many genealogy blogs, which can be accessed from

Scientists transfer more mussels from Pennsylvania

DANVILLE — In less than two days last week, the endangered mussel population in the Vermilion River system increased by 1,000.

NCSA shares $1.6 million cybersecurity grant

URBANA — The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois has received a federal grant to examine strategies for protecting the power grid and other utilities from cyber attacks.

Bye-bye, blackboard

When Anne Munroe's pre-calculus students at Central High School get stuck when working on homework this school year, they'll have extra resources to help them.

The students can watch a recording of Munroe's lesson from that day's class, or go to a website she recommends for homework help.