Danville to discuss cell tower near hospital again

DANVILLE — Aldermen will again be discussing the proposed construction of an AT&T Wireless cellular tower near Provena United Samaritans Medical Center's emergency helicopter landing pad.

Thousands sign up for online UI courses

URBANA — The first University of Illinois online course offered through Coursera, the California company that delivers free classes to students around the world, has attracted nearly 32,000 students in its first week.

Thousands more have enrolled for additional UI courses to be offered on the platform later this fall.

Electronics ban at courthouse starts Tuesday

URBANA — Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh wants to remind people visiting the courthouse in downtown Urbana that a ban on electronics starts Tuesday.

In mid-July, the Illinois Supreme Court approved a rule that instructs jurors not to engage in Internet research or outside electronic communication while a trial is going on.

UI scientists moving mussels from Pennsylvania to area rivers

URBANA — When you're a mussel and you absolutely positively have to get from the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania to a holding tank at the University of Illinois as soon as possible, call research scientists Kevin Cummings and Jeremy Tiemann with the Illinois Natural History Survey.

"We're like the mussel FedEx people," said Cummings.

Newcomers can sign up for lower electric rate

URBANA — Officials are reminding students who are returning to school but just now moving in to a new house or apartment that they might want to sign up for the cities' municipal electric aggregation programs.

New UI phone system is a step forward on the technology front

     Employees and graduate students on the University of Illinois campus are getting used to a new, cutting-edge phone system.

     It combines email, calendaring, traditional voice phone service, instant messageing, video conferencing and audio conferencing, all integrated in a computer system.  

New network 'opens the door to so many opportunities' for learning

Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband may be a high-speed fiber-optic Internet network that's connecting local institutions and underserved households.

For local school districts that will be connected through UC2B, the value doesn't necessarily lie in fast connections, but in what that means for collaborations both between their own schools and with other institutions around the community.

Franklin student uses marathon to get Nooks for school

CHAMPAIGN — Daniel Ramkumar wanted to raise money for a good cause while running the Provena Illinois 5K last spring, a race that's a part of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

So he approached then-Principal Angela Smith at Franklin Middle School, where he attends, to see what sorts of things the school needed.

Toys for Troops founder helping cool soldiers down

URBANA — Lori Stewart has lots of fans. And in the next few days they'll be heading to Kuwait and Afghanistan to help cool off soldiers there.

The Urbana woman is the founder of Toys for Troops, which started in 2007 when her son Brian Jolley had his first deployment overseas.

Then a 21-year-old Army private, Jolley was serving as a combat engineer in Iraq.

Tractorcade planned for Farm Bureau anniversary

CHAMPAIGN — Don't be surprised if you see a long line of tractors in Champaign on Saturday.

About two dozen tractors — dating from 1939 to 1980 — are expected to take part in a tractor drive marking the Champaign County Farm Bureau's 100th anniversary.