Proposed UI email policy put on hold

URBANA — A policy governing emails and other electronic communication at the University of Illinois has been put on hold after educational groups raised free-speech concerns about it.

The campus senate was scheduled to discuss the policy Monday afternoon, but the item was pulled from the agenda.

Wind farm backers still negotiating road deals

URBANA — The developers of a 134-turbine wind farm for Champaign and Vermilion counties are still discussing road agreements with Compromise and Ogden townships.

At Thursday's Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, Greg Leuchtmann, business development manager for Invenergy LLC, said the county road agreement was almost complete.

Entrepreneur urges unorthodox approach

CHAMPAIGN — A 19-year-old whose business venture attracted more than $1 million in funding has reached some unorthodox conclusions about how to land venture capital.

Cory Levy, who spent part of a year at the University of Illinois before leaving to build the social-media venture One, told UI students Tuesday to "pitch yourself, not the company."

Ground broken for Big Broadband

CHAMPAIGN — More than two years after organizers conceived of the project locally, they were one step closer on Tuesday to flipping the switch on the Big Broadband project and narrowing the "digital divide" in Champaign-Urbana.

Computer store set to open

CHAMPAIGN — As a teen growing up in Champaign-Urbana, James Wang frequented Internet cafes to play games, and over the years he built computers from parts that he bought or salvaged from other computers.

GCMS welcomes students' electronic devices

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School students will soon find that personal technology devices such as cell phones will be welcomed instead of banned from their classroom.

UI has all sorts of apps to help dorm dwellers stay plugged in

University of Illinois students who live in the residence halls have more options to rarely leave their rooms.

Want to know how many calories there are in the lemon mist cake in the cafeteria? Want to see if there's a dryer free? Check on a package?

Kirsten Ruby, who works in UI Housing as assistant director for marketing, says there's an app for that.

Wind farm developer has no agreement to sell power yet


URBANA -- The developer of a proposed 30-turbine wind farm in Champaign County does not yet have a deal with a utility to buy the output of the project, an attorney for Invenergy LLC admitted Thursday.

UI's Urbana campus considers electronic communications policy

URBANA — The Urbana campus has never had a formal policy on electronic communications and will soon enact one that could be a model for all three campuses of the University of Illinois.

Program beneficial to school nurses

BISMARCK — When school nurse Josie Siddens starts her day, she makes sure to have the tools of her trade on hand: a stethoscope, thermometer, nebulizer and — what's come to be her most indispensable tool — a cellphone.

"It's a lifeline," said Siddens, who serves nearly 1,000 Bismarck-Henning students who are spread out in three buildings.