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iCyt founder predicts work force will greatly expand

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology could employ hundreds of people within five years if expectations for global opportunities pan out, company founder Gary Durack said Wednesday.

At an event heralding Sony Corp.'s acquisition of iCyt, Durack said it's difficult to predict the future. But he supposed iCyt's employees "could be measured in the hundreds within that time frame."

Sony acquires Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology

CHAMPAIGN – Sony Corp.'s acquisition of Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology brings a big player on the global stage into the fast-growing field of biological instrumentation.

Sony announced Tuesday that it has acquired iCyt (pronounced like "eyesight"), a maker of flow cytometry equipment that employs about 30 in the University of Illinois Research Park.

PBL grad coming home for speech about flying cars

Chamber to host Terrafugia exec at annual meeting

Paxton-Buckley-Loda graduate Samuel Schweighart will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 18 at Lakeview Country Club in Loda.

Schweighart is vice president for engineering of Terrafugia, a company he co-founded with several fellow students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Terrafugia's goal is to provide innovative solutions to the challenges facing personal aviation.

Sony acquires local firm iCyt

CHAMPAIGN — Sony Corp. has acquired Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology and will operate it as a wholly owned subsidiary, the global electronics and entertainment giant announced Tuesday.

Gary Durack, the founder and president of iCyt, called the acquisition a “win” for his company and its customers.

The local company, which makes cell sorters used for stem cell and disease research, employs about 30 in the University of Illinois Research Park.

Two new 'upper house' proposals ready for Danville High School

DANVILLE – A new student-centered program infusing arts and creativity into core subjects. Another where students study a global topic at home and throughout the world.

New courses including drama, photography and sports and entertainment marketing, and the latest technology to support those projects and activities.

These are some of the ideas that Danville High School staff and students hope will take flight in the ACE and GLOBAL "upper houses," starting next school year.

Broadband consultant forced to cancel visit to Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – The Maryland consultant who audited the Big Broadband proposal will not attend this week's Champaign City Council meeting to field questions from council members, a city official said Monday.

Doug Dawson was ill on Monday and will not travel to Champaign for Tuesday night's city council meeting, Information Technologies Director Fred Halenar said. His absence likely will delay a council vote on whether to accept federal grant money if those funds were awarded.

Big Broadband vote likely to be delayed by consultant's illness

CHAMPAIGN — The Maryland consultant who audited the Big Broadband proposal will not attend this week’s Champaign city council meeting to field questions from council members, a city official said Monday.

Doug Dawson was ill on Monday and will not travel to Champaign for Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Information Technologies Director Fred Halenar said. His absence likely will delay a council vote on whether to accept federal grant money if those funds were awarded.

Saturday's ESPN GameDay

Fans performed for the staff of ESPN GameDay on Saturday morning, Feb. 6, 2010, in the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

Updated: Vote now unlikely on Big Broadband; consultant is ill

Updated 5:15 p.m. CHAMPAIGN – As council members continue to weigh the benefits of the proposed Big Broadband network and the doubts about its feasibility, a Maryland consultant who audited the proposal was to return to Champaign this week to field questions from the city council. But on Monday, the consultant told city officials he won't be here because he's ill.

Champaign council looks at new forms of communication

CHAMPAIGN – As technology evolves, so does the way city officials keep their constituents informed.

Ideas of how to get information to city residents better were presented to the city council this week, and officials are discussing how to balance old media – like newspapers and written correspondence – with new media like Twitter and Facebook.