Research park anniversary event Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its research park Thursday by renaming the former Motorola building for local developer Clint Atkins.

A new mural inside the building will be unveiled, showing Mr. Atkins, who died in April, and some of his projects.

Emergency alert test scheduled for Wednesday

A first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will be held Wednesday afternoon.

The tests that you are used to hearing and seeing on radio and television are conducted only on statewide and local levels.

Information on new Ameren line offered at open house

CHAMPAIGN — Ameren Illinois will hold a second open house at which area residents can learn more about a 138,000-volt electric transmission line planned for southwest Champaign.

The open house is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. The first open house was held Oct. 11, and a third is slated for Dec. 13.

Wolfram cuts some jobs, hires in other areas

CHAMPAIGN — Wolfram Research has cut about 20 jobs in the last couple weeks and may cut more, even though it has been hiring in other areas, a company spokeswoman told The News-Gazette.

"It is true that we had to let a few people go recently, and we might have to let a few more people go as well," said Jean Buck, who handles corporate communications for the company.

Zoning board votes 4-3 to send wind farm permit to county board


URBANA -- A proposed 30-turbine wind farm in northeastern Champaign County won approval Thursday night from the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals.

Wind turbine case back to zoning board

URBANA -- A zoning case for a 30-turbine wind farm development is going back to the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals, the county board voted Tuesday night at a committee of the whole meeting.

Officials say now is time to get rid of unwanted devices

URBANA — Officials are reminding residents that, if you've been hanging on to that brick of a cellphone or an old computer for no particular reason, now is a good time to get rid of it.

Still time to vote for Humane Society in web contest

     There's less than a week left to vote for the Champaign County Humane Society to win a website makeover.
     The group is a finalist in a web contest sponsored byLRS Web Solutions of Springfield.

Pioneer Trail Wind Farm open house

Visitors pack a tent as officials with E. On Climate & Renewables  hold an open house at Pioneer Trail Wind Farm outside of Paxton, Ill on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. E. On officials, with some help, later ceremoniously pushed the buttons, seen in foreground, to power up several turbines in conclusion of the event. 

Company withdraws cell tower proposal in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — T-Mobile has withdrawn a proposal to erect a cell tower near Carrie Busey Elementary school in south-central Champaign.

In a letter to Champaign officials on Wednesday, a consultant representing T-Mobile said the company has changed its mind after discussing the plan for about a year and a half.