Transition delayed for UI computer-based phone system

URBANA — A transition period for University of Illinois employees switching to a new computer-based phone system will be delayed by a month so phone companies can round up the 30,000 temporary phone numbers needed.

Nutrition, cognition research center in works at UI

The University of Illinois has partnered with an Illinois pharmaceutical and nutritional products company to create a new center on campus that will focus on interdisciplinary nutrition and cognition research.

Urbana residents have gotten hundreds of free energy audits

URBANA — Urbana homeowners have a few months left to get free energy audits for their homes before grants paying for them expire.

The city began a partnership with the Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy program in August 2010 to provide free energy audits for single-family homes and provide financial assistance for homeowners who begin insulation and air/duct sealing projects.

Firm considers expansion of Rantoul enterprise zone to Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — One Earth Energy, an ethanol plant in Gibson City, is looking to have an enterprise zone in Rantoul extended all the way to Gibson City — a move that would allow the plant to use the zone's economic incentives to save costs on purchases and possibly expand.

Notification system ready in case of emergency, UI says

URBANA — Should a sudden threat to campus arise — a gunman or a tornado, for example — the University of Illinois says it's ready.

UI accuses computer chip firm of patent infringement

URBANA — The University of Illinois has sued a computer chip company for patent infringement.

Ameren restores power in Champaign

UPDATED 2:52 p.m. Thursday.

CHAMPAIGN -- Ameren crews restored power to nearly 2,500 customers Thursday in Champaign in ZIP codes 61820 and 61821.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said a conductor burned about 1:30 p.m. at the Kirby Avenue substation. Morris said a
a crew was making repairs on a damaged conductor when another conductor came loose and fell into another line,

DHS considers expanding New Tech program to freshmen

DANVILLE — Since launching in fall 2009, Danville High School's New Tech High has been open to only sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Millions to be invested in energy efficiency at UI

SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois will invest millions into boosting the energy efficiency of its facilities and is hiring a firm to develop a plan for how it can meet climate-related goals, such as using more renewable fuels to power the Urbana campus.

Detective uses triathlon to raise awareness of autism

Nate Rath is the baby of eight Champaign police officers who have completed grueling Ironman triathlons.

The 36-year-old detective finished his first Ironman in Panama City, Fla., on Nov. 5 in 16 hours and 15 minutes.