Research park facility to have grand opening

CHAMPAIGN – Littelfuse Inc. will hold a grand opening this afternoon for its engineering facility in the University of Illinois Research Park.

The event, designed for the UI community, will be attended by Littelfuse CEO Gordon Hunter and will feature demonstrations in which high-voltage electricity is sent through fuses to test their durability.

Nominations sought for innovation awards

CHAMPAIGN – Nominations are being sought for the Innovation Celebration awards, presented annually to those who have contributed to economic development in Champaign County.

This will be the sixth year for the awards. A presentation ceremony is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the atrium of the Gateway Building in the University of Illinois Research Park.

DACC to consider climbing tower for turbine courses

DANVILLE – One of the first skills that students learn in Danville Area Community College's wind energy degree program is how to scale the turbine towers. Faculty and students must travel significant distances to do that, but that will change this year.

Gibson City mayor 'very optimistic' about recycling plant

GIBSON CITY – Mayor Dan Dickey said after meeting with a developer this week that he was "very optimistic" and was "looking forward to hearing more" about the firm's interest in bringing a second plasma-gasification waste-recycling plant to Gibson City.

Urbana schools' website gets new look

URBANA – The New Year brought a new look for the Urbana school district website.

The newly designed website debuted this month, with a "cleaner" look that the district hopes will make it easier to use, said Maggie Harrah, the website information specialist for the school district.

UI will use grant from ADM to help in fight against hunger

The University of Illinois will use $10 million from Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland Wednesday to fight world hunger through the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss.

Gov. Pat Quinn hailed the move at an Illini Union reception Wednesday.

ADM pledges $10 million to UI

Archer Daniels Midland Company announced a gift Wednesday to the University of Illinois of $10 million over five years to create the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss.

Gov. Pat Quinn hailed the move at an Illini Union reception.

Interim Vice Chancellor Steve Sonka, who previously led the UI's soybean research, will be the director.

Danville council approves billboard request

DANVILLE – The city council unanimously supported Tuesday night granting Lamar Advertising a special-use permit to build what will be the city's first digital billboard.

Sale of Champaign company 'good fit' with new global owner

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign company that analyzes and tests nutritional supplements has been sold to a British-based company with operations worldwide.

American Analytical Chemistry Laboratories Corp., which employs 23 people in the Mattis Commercial Park on Champaign's west side, has been acquired by Intertek Group, which operates in more than 100 countries.

More sign-ups needed for wireless Web service in Broadlands

BROADLANDS – Mayor Matt Buffington is still working to bring Internet to Broadlands.

Earlier this month, the village sent residents information advising them of SpeedNet Wireless Internet Service options for the community.

The current cost for this service is $99 for installation and $35 or $45 a month for service depending on the package the resident selects.