State says Danville cell tower wouldn't affect Provena helipad

DANVILLE — The Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics has determined that a proposed AT&T Wireless cellular tower immediately northwest of Provena United Samaritans Medical Center will not compromise the helicopter landing pad on the north side of the hospital.

Prairie Winds' mac-and-cheese drive to benefit Food for Seniors

URBANA — When it comes to foods that can easily fill a grocery sack and an empty stomach, it's tough to beat a package of good ol' mac and cheese.

So the residents of a local assisted-living community are asking Champaign-Urbana's help in their quest to provide a lot of macaroni and cheese for the Food for Seniors program, which provides groceries to needy seniors in the two cities.

Big Broadband seeking information on building out network

CHAMPAIGN — Officials are seeking information for other ways they might consider expanding a high-speed, fiber-optic network beyond what was allowed under a federal grant.

Carle seeking large expansion of emergency department

URBANA — Carle Foundation Hospital has applied to a state regulatory board for permission to add space and beds to its emergency department.

Use of Carle's emergency room, which serves as the local area's Level 1 trauma center, has "skyrocketed," hospital officials said.

Level I trauma centers serve the most acutely ill and injured patients in their regions.

Urbana City Council set to review its agreement on fiber-optic network

URBANA — The city council this week will consider a resolution that some members hope will address concerns over moving forward with a plan to invite a private company to build out a high-speed, fiber-optic network throughout Champaign-Urbana and Savoy.

MTD board orders new buses, vans

CHAMPAIGN — Members of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board acted Wednesday to order 10 new 40-foot hybrid buses, three gas-powered vans and to apply for the agency's full $24.9 million state operating assistance grant for the current year.

The new buses, expected to be available by early 2013, will bring to 55 the number of hybrid coaches in the MTD's 102-bus fleet.

514 households commit to Gigabit deal

URBANA — More than 514 people in Champaign-Urbana and Savoy have committed at least $381,800 toward an effort to bring a community-wide fiber-optic network to the area, and officials are submitting an application to a private company offering to do just that.

THQ: 'Dominatrix' to get full-game treatment; preproduction stops on 'inSANE' trilogy

CHAMPAIGN — Jason Rubin liked Volition's "Saints Row: Enter The Dominatrix" so much, he upgraded it to a stand-alone game.

Rubin, the new president of Volition's parent company, THQ, told analysts Monday he had "an incredible amount of fun" playing "Enter The Dominatrix" and decided it shouldn't be just a stand-alone expansion of "Saints Row The Third."

Electronics banned at courthouse

URBANA — If you're on jury duty or waiting for a friend at the Champaign County Courthouse and need something to occupy your time, better plan on it being knitting, a magazine or a paperback book.

C-U foundation, DSO vie for online votes

Two local nonprofit organizations are in the running for a $15,000 office technology makeover, and you can vote to help them win.

The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation and the Danville Symphony Orchestra are both finalists in the RK Dixon 7th annual Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest. The two organizations are among 20 non-profits who made it through the first round of voting.