2 additional cooling centers set to open in Danville, Champaign

Two more options for beating the heat this week are available in Danville and Champaign.

The Salvation Army in Danville has opened a cooling station for anyone needing to get out of the heat.

Champaign council gives preliminary OK to 10-year deal with Comcast

CHAMPAIGN — The city council on Tuesday night gave preliminary support to an agreement that allows Comcast to operate its lines and other facilities on public property for the next 10 years.

Documentary to focus on LED inventor

CHAMPAIGN — The inventor of the omnipresent LED is excited about a newer invention that could take decades to fully exploit.

The Big Ten Network is about to show a documentary about University of Illinois Professor Nick Holonyak Jr. and his invention of the light emitting diode a half-century ago.

Website will match volunteers with opportunities

Sarah Zehr had two weeks between jobs when she moved back to Champaign-Urbana several years ago, so she decided to do some volunteer work.

Her charitable intent didn't pan out. The logistics proved too daunting and the timetable too short.

Group in third year of helping East Central Illinois businesses go green

CHAMPAIGN — More than two years after launching the Illinois Green Business Association, the three young entrepreneurs behind the group are charging ahead with their plans to combat "greenwashing" and promote sustainable business practices throughout the state.

UI instructor will tweet from shuttle launch

A University of Illinois instructor will be tweeting live from the final shuttle flight.

Joanne Manaster is one of 150 selected — out of 5,500 who applied — to attend the last shuttle launch today as part of the NASA tweetup, where Twitter users congregate online.

Vermilion committee recommends wind farm license

DANVILLE — Vermilion County's newly-formed wind turbine regulatory committee unanimously recommended Wednesday granting the county's first-ever permit to Chicago-based Invenergy for a 140-turbine wind farm.

Several residents spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, some in favor of the project and some against.

Champaign likely to reject bid for Big Broadband project

CHAMPAIGN — The city council this week likely will reject bids for the city's portion of the Big Broadband construction project, after the lowest bidder's prices came in $1.7 million above an engineer's estimate.

Project unearthing blasts from city's transportation past

CHAMPAIGN — A $2 million University Avenue improvement project in downtown Champaign has morphed into an urban archaeology dig, as construction crews have unearthed remnants of the city's interurban railroad and streetcar system.

UI getting more advanced alert system

URBANA — The University of Illinois is replacing its 2-year-old Illini-Alert notification system with a more advanced system that police say will provide instant updates about campus threats on multiple platforms.

The UI signed a two-year contract this week with Rave Mobile Safety of Massachusetts, which provides services to more than 300 universities across the country.