40 North has redesigned website

CHAMPAIGN — 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County arts council, has launched a redesigned and updated website at

It offers a clean and contemporary look with interactive features for users, according to a news release from the council.

Staerkel Planetarium asks for your vote on top astronomical discovery

CHAMPAIGN — To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College wants local folks to vote on what they believe is the most fascinating astronomical discovery of the last quarter century.

Rich Warren: Fix for poor sound balance on TV shows?

Our recent exploration of TV sound elicited this reader question:

Monticello looks to fiber optic 'net

MONTICELLO — The laying of fiber optic cable for faster Internet in the next two years is expected to be an economic boon for Monticello, and Piatt County government could be one of the first recipients.

UI, DACC, Flex-N-Gate honored for sustainability

CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana business, the University of Illinois and Danville Area Community College have been honored with 2012 state sustainability awards for their efforts to protect the environment, preserve resources and improve the economy.

THQ delays release of three games

CHAMPAIGN — Volition Inc.'s parent company this week pushed back the release of three video games and said it will consider "strategic and financing alternatives" for raising more capital.

Rich Warren: On Samsung, Windows 8, more

Choose your cliche: Don't bite the hand that feeds you, or don't shoot yourself in the foot.

UI Engineering institute to work with firms, government

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois College of Engineering has launched a new research institute that aims to partner with companies and federal agencies to conduct applied research such as designing and testing products.

Some question site for proposed UI solar farm

CHAMPAIGN — While pleased about the prospect of a solar farm at the University of Illinois, some sustainability advocates and community residents are questioning the UI's choice of a site.

UI plans solar farm near research park

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois plans to build a solar farm along Windsor Road west of First Street that could supply about 2 percent of campus energy needs.