Expert on the elements to be featured on PBS series

CHAMPAIGN — Theo Gray has shared the wonders of the chemical elements with the public through a book and through iPad apps.

On Wednesday, he'll get to share them with a national TV audience as a featured guest on "Nova."

The two-hour episode of the PBS science series — to air at 8 p.m. Wednesday on WILL-TV — is called "Hunting The Elements."

Authorities have the technology - and the drive - to find out who is looking for and sharing child porn

Unlikely as it sounds, Urbana police Detective Tim McNaught said he sometimes has a hard time shutting down the computer when he’s investigating a person viewing child pornography.

CUB will analyze phone bills for 'cramming'

CHAMPAIGN — Does your phone bill seem higher than it should be?

Citizens Utility Board representatives will be on hand at the Champaign Public Library, starting at 6 p.m. tonight, to analyze phone bills for potential fraudulent charges and explain the practice of "cramming."

The phone bill analysis will be provided free.

Data-analysis firm coming to UI

CHAMPAIGN — Another publicly traded company is establishing an office in the University of Illinois Research Park.

This time, it's Neustar Inc., which hopes to make strides in data analytics with the help of local employees and student interns.

Former Yahoo, Qualcomm workers recruited Neustar

CHAMPAIGN — Neustar's decision to locate in the University of Illinois Research Park was influenced in part by the work of former Yahoo and Qualcomm employees to bring new companies here, said Laura Frerichs, research park director.

Neustar hadn't had a previous recruiting or research relationship with the UI, she said.

Centennial video vying in online Verizon contest

CHAMPAIGN — The students in the music survey class at Centennial High school in Champaign made a video for the Verizon Insider Future Is Now Video Contest.

The contest is meant to highlight Verizon's 4G LTE network for cell phones.

You can see Centennial's video at

Arends Bros. merging with Dwight firm

MELVIN — One of the largest John Deere dealers in East Central Illinois is getting bigger.

Arends Bros., with locations in Melvin, Urbana, Hoopeston and Ashmore, is slated to merge today (Monday, March 26) with Dwight-based Hogan Walker to form Arends Hogan Walker.

Cities readying for electricity price moves

CHAMPAIGN — Residents of Champaign could see their electric rates drop by August, and savings could come even sooner in Urbana, officials say.

Officials in both cities are preparing the details of a bulk electricity pricing program, which voters approved earlier this week.

UI researchers develop effective, less costly way to remove contaminants

CHAMPAIGN — Jim Langer and Weihua Zheng have come up with a relatively inexpensive — but effective — way to remove perchlorate from water.

Perchlorate is a rocket-fuel component that has found its way into water sources, sometimes near air force bases. Exposure to it can affect the thyroid gland.

Kankakee courts to allow cameras

KANKAKEE — News cameras will be allowed in criminal trial courts in Kankakee County in the 21st Judicial Circuit, Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court and Chief Judge Kathy Bradshaw Elliott of the 21st Judicial Circuit announced Friday