Technology

Technology

OK of Big Broadband grant means real work can begin

Now the work begins.

Officials from Urbana, Champaign and the University of Illinois are expected to meet this week to work on plans for the Big Broadband fiber-optic network that will bring high-speed Internet to the twin cities and campus.

UI engineering students build man's prototype 'personal vehicle'

CHAMPAIGN – Randy Reisinger thinks America's reliance on heavy, gas-guzzling automobiles for day-to-day transportation is grossly inefficient.

So he's pitching a plan for small, three-wheeled "personal vehicles" that he hopes will attract drivers and investors alike.

It's Your Business: Einstein Bros. Bagels spreading to Urbana

National bagel-chain restaurant Einstein Bros. Bagels will open a location at University and Lincoln avenues in Urbana this summer.

Boast Restaurants, made up of Marc Bralts and Ryan Oas, is the franchisee developing the quick casual restaurant here.

$15 million from U,S. will go to UI for improving security of electronic medical records

URBANA – The University of Illinois has won a $15 million federal grant to help improve the security of electronic medical records.

Proposed Catlin budget has deficit

CATLIN – Village officials unveiled a $522,214 spending plan for the 2010-11 fiscal year on Tuesday that includes a projected deficit of about $22,000.

Mayor Clay Woodard said village officials prepared a budget with a focus on maintaining village services. He said the unpredictability of state funding prevented the board from taking on any big projects next year.

MTD foresees benefits - from better security cameras to outdoor screens for schedules - in joining broadband consortium

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board Wednesday formally committed the MTD to the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband Consortium.

The MTD will pay $339,102 to become part of the group, plus an annual fiber maintenance charge of $24,910 during the 20-year term of the agreement.

Fiber-optic installation may begin next year

URBANA – Acceptance of a $22.5 million federal grant by Urbana City Council members Monday means that local officials can now begin the hard work – actually building a fiber-optic network.

Career Connections Job Fair set for April 14 at DACC

DANVILLE – The public can meet area employers who are recruiting for part- and full-time positions at the Career Connections Job Fair 2010 on April 14.

The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Danville Area Community College's Mary Miller Gym, 2000 E. Main St.

Urbana company explores new twists in refrigeration, air conditioning

URBANA – Creative Thermal Solutions has been around only seven years, but already the Urbana-based company has made a mark.

The firm, which works on dozens of air-conditioning and refrigeration projects, employs 30 people, many of them highly educated researchers.

Got your iPad? Here are local things to do with it

URBANA – If you can buy an iPad today – supplies may be limited – you'll have instant access to thousands of free books through a ground-breaking local organization.

Apple Inc. may sell 7.1 million of the $499 iPads this year, said California-based market researcher iSuppli Corp.