Urbana council delays decision on Comcast franchise deal

URBANA – A contract that would allow Comcast to continue its operations in Urbana for the next decade – an agreement that is years in the making – will have to wait at least two weeks, after the city council on Monday night deferred a vote to the next meeting.

FutureGen Alliance will seek proposals for underground storage

WASHINGTON – Communities interested in hosting the underground carbon dioxide storage site for the FutureGen 2.0 clean-coal project not only have to meet several criteria, but they're going to have to act quickly to enter the competition, the FutureGen Alliance said Wednesday.

Federal grants bring $6 million in energy funding

CHAMPAIGN – Two area companies and several local school districts and cities will share in nearly $6 million in energy grants to East Central Illinois, courtesy of federal stimulus money.

The biggest winner: EpiWorks in Champaign, which received about $2.5 million to expand its photovoltaic wafer production capacity.

City's new-look website unveiled

CHAMPAIGN – The city launched a new website Wednesday morning after council members approved the new design Tuesday night.

City officials say the new website will be more user-friendly and a better marketing tool to attract visitors and businesses.

Revamped website waiting for Champaign council's OK

CHAMPAIGN – A new city website designed to be more helpful to residents and better represent the community to business prospects could go live on Wednesday morning.

The city council could give the green light to city administrators to launch the redesign during the council's regular meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

Software company opens center in Research Park

CHAMPAIGN – Canadian software company Infobright has opened a satellite development center in EnterpriseWorks at the University of Illinois Research Park.

Infobright, based in Toronto, Ontario, markets a high-performance analytic database designed to support companies' needs for analytics and business intelligence.

Choice for next Research Park developer is weeks away

The selection of a developer for the next phase of the University of Illinois Research Park is not likely to happen for a couple more months.

FutureGen revision will need state OK and maybe rate hike

If the recently revised FutureGen 2.0 project is ever built, it's going to require more support from the Illinois Legislature – and possibly more money from Ameren ratepayers.

Champaign native on panel researching Toyota problems

With an eye toward finding the problem that caused Toyotas to accelerate suddenly, a Champaign native has been named to an elite national panel.

Toyota has recalled more than 8 million cars in the last year, and the carmaker argues its equipment was not defective.

St. Joseph-Ogden biology students get lowdown on nanotechnology

ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph-Ogden High School Biology students are learning about cutting edge technology.

The students in Brad Allen's Biology II class spent time this month learning about nanotechnology.

They studied "nanoscale chemical-electrical-mechanical manufacturing systems," Allen said.