Tolono board discusses reviving village website

TOLONO – There is a website where Tolono residents can find out about village services, resources, government and events.

But the village may pay to get a new site with much of the same information.

That's because the website,, does not belong to the village.

Area company provides new exhibit for Turkey Run park

RANTOUL – Taylor Studios makes exhibits for parks and museums across the nation, but this winter you can see some of the company's handiwork closer to home.

PBL planning to tap high-speed Internet pipeline

PAXTON – "Lightning fast" connections to the Internet would be available to students in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district under a plan to hook into the Illinois Century Network, a telecommunications pipeline already used by thousands of schools and other public entities statewide.

With FutureGen site candidates identified, let the competition begin

By Illinois Statehouse News

SPRINGFIELD - The four communities hoping for the revamped FutureGen project now know who their competition is.

Entrepreneur talks about lessons learned

CHAMPAIGN – One of the founders of SolarBridge Technologies says he learned some valuable lessons in the seven years since the company was founded.

One of them, ironically, was that for certain entrepreneurs, the lowest risk is to "bet all of your chips" on one product.

Another lesson learned by SolarBridge co-founder Patrick Chapman: Move quickly.

Another device available for Project Gutenberg books

URBANA – Project Gutenberg's digital library of more than 33,000 books became available by a new means last week.

The library can now be downloaded to WikiReader, a palm-sized touchscreen device that's billed as an "electronic encyclopedia."

ICC investigatng cut AT&T line that hit service in Urbana

URBANA – It may be a long time before anyone figures out who exactly is responsible for a break in an AT&T line on the University of Illinois campus that inconvenienced a whole lot of people in Urbana last month.

Residents get chance to air concerns over UI wind turbine

URBANA – Residents got a chance to deliver their concerns publicly Thursday night during the first of two informational meetings University of Illinois officials plan as a project to construct a wind turbine in unincorporated Urbana continues toward construction.

Schools' weather calls help keep parents informed

CHAMPAIGN – With the winds howling and snow blowing Sunday, the same question popped up among families across town.

Will we have a snow day tomorrow?

Champaign parents may have learned the answer that evening via radio, television or Internet, but they also received a friendly phone call or e-mail – or both – from the school district.

Hundreds without phone service in Paxton

PAXTON — More than 300 customers of Conxxus were without telephone service in Paxton late Wednesday morning as the local telephone company tries to correct the issue that caused the outage.

The outage was affecting all of Conxxus’ residential and business telephone customers in Paxton as of 11:20 a.m., an official with the company said.