Illinois Ancestors: ISGS posts 1812 Pension Match Challenge

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) has announced that it is supporting the Federation of Genealogical Societies' (FGS) "Preserve The Pensions" campaign by issuing the ISGS War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge.

ISGS will match any donation up to the first $10,000 that is made before Jan. 31, 2015.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Aug. 24, 2014

Inspired by a cheery video describing the Champaign-Urbana of 25 years from now — zero poverty! zero unemployment! — we asked experts to gaze into their crystal balls and tell us how things will be dramatically different in their fields come 2039.



Playing it Forward

URBANA — As an independent video game designer, Luke Schneider has learned what works — and what doesn't — when it comes to selling games.

Over the last four years, Schneider's company, Urbana-based RadianGames, has issued nearly a dozen games, most available at app stores for download.

Unit One visitors will share their talents with community

URBANA — A variety of guests will participate this academic year in the Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence Program, which features events that are free and open to the public.

Rich Warren: Call center success gets lost in translation

Earlier this month, Comcast announced changes to the signs on the iconic 30 Rockefeller Center in New York from GE to Comcast, since Comcast now owns NBC — one of the major tenants of that landmark.

It was built as the RCA building when RCA owned NBC. In 1986 GE bought RCA, mainly for its rich patent portfolio, ultimately spinning off NBC.

Supervalu becomes latest to suffer data breach

A data breach at Supervalu may have affected about 200 of its grocery and liquor stores and potentially affected retail chains recently sold by the company in two dozen states.

Rich Warren: Collectors spinning a profit with turntables

Cleaning out vintage audio components cluttering your basement or attic?

One reader expressed curiosity about whether old electronics retain any value.

"Do you have any idea of the second-hand value of a hi-fi system consisting of a Dynaco pre-amp, power-amp and FM tuner, kit-built and all tube, with a Thorens turntable and Shure SME arm, with 2 ARX speakers from 1968?"

Collaboration of art, math brings beautiful quilt creations

URBANA — Nina Paley took the DIY ethos to the max when she made her ground-breaking, award-winning feature movie "Sita Sings the Blues," doing all the time- and labor-intensive animation herself.

Rich Warren: Local connection brings much satisfaction

Everyone pile on Comcast!

Face it, Comcast is the business you love to hate, sort of like combining the old phone company monopoly, the power company and throw in computer tech support for seasoning.

If Lily Tomlin revised her Ernestine skit today, she would be working for Comcast.

Unlike the old Bell system or the power company, Comcast is not a monopoly.

WDWS, News-Gazette to merge websites

The website for Champaign radio station WDWS will soon look a little different.

As a part of the joint news-gathering effort between The News-Gazette and WDWS, the website will soon take you to a shared News-Gazette-WDWS website.  It will look similar to the current News-Gazette website.