UI visit gives official insight into pavement, rail research

RANTOUL – A top-ranking U.S. transportation official visited Rantoul recently to see what the University of Illinois has been cooking up in pavement and high-speed rail research.

Mezolink expanding its space at M2 on Neil

CHAMPAIGN – A computing services company plans to move into 7,000 square feet on the second floor of the M2 on Neil complex in downtown Champaign.

Mezolink Inc. – formerly known as Integrated Data Security – already occupies about 700 square feet on the building's fourth floor.

Urbana's Crisis Nursery seeks more votes for website makeover

URBANA – Crisis Nursery is urging the public to vote for it in an online voting contest, in hopes of winning a website makeover worth $10,000.

Green Business Association certifies four more local businesses

URBANA – Four more businesses have been certified as "green" businesses by the Illinois Green Business Association, the association announced Wednesday.

Newly certified are: Marcy McAnally State Farm Insurance, Champaign; Common Ground Food Co-Op, Urbana; Body n' Sole, Savoy; and Boltini Lounge, Champaign.

Durbin to seek other Illinois towns after Coles County rejects FutureGen

MATTOON – Barring a monumental turnaround, Coles County's seven-year love-hate relationship with the high-tech FutureGen energy project has ended.

Bus district launches updated website

URBANA – An improved website for the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is intended to be more user-friendly.

The site at was launched Monday.

Karl Gnadt, director of market development for the MTD, said the original website was launched five years ago.

Work to improve sewer lines in Urbana will disrupt some traffic

URBANA – Some sewers in Urbana will have new liners in a project that will be in several neighborhoods for about two weeks.

Brad Bennett, civil engineer, said the city is upgrading 7,500 feet of sewer pipe, involving both storm and sanitary sewers, at various locations beginning Friday through Aug. 31.

FutureGen shift brings rift between Johnson, Durbin

WASHINGTON – Last week's announcement that Coles County would have a reduced role in the FutureGen energy project has opened a major rift between U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana.

Team gets in-person view of needs of those using prosthetic arms

CHAMPAIGN – A team designing low-cost prosthetic arms for people in developing countries got a firsthand view of their needs during a 10-day trip to Guatemala in July.

Company asks for application fee refund from Gibson City

GIBSON CITY – Eco Manufacturing, which announced that Gibson City was its preferred site for a plasma gasification plant in February, has now asked for a refund of its application fee.

Council members voted unanimously at Monday night's meeting to refund $15,737 of the $20,000 that Eco paid in April under the town's pollution control facility siting ordinance.