UI Research Park tenant agrees to sale

CHAMPAIGN — Bytemobile, which has an office in the University of Illinois Research Park, has agreed to be acquired by Citrix Systems.

Terms of the transaction, announced Thursday, were not disclosed. But Citrix, which trades publicly on the Nasdaq exchange, said it expects to release more details when it reports second-quarter results later this summer.

New lamps being tested at West Side Park

CHAMPAIGN — Park officials have installed new lamps at West Side Park in hopes that new energy-efficient lights will provide better coverage and cost less at the same time.

Of the 53 poles in the park, officials are testing two right now. The poles themselves are in good condition, park district director Bobbie Herakovich said, but the fixtures are more than 20 years old.

Volition parent THQ seeks reverse stock split to shore up price

CHAMPAIGN — THQ Inc., the parent company of Champaign-based Volition, is considering a reverse stock split to help preserve the company's stock trading price.

Wind farm company secures financing

CHICAGO — E.On Climate & Renewables North America announced Monday that it has secured $150 million of institutional equity financing from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in exchange for a partial interest in its Pioneer Trail Wind Farm near Paxton.

Danville getting an app all its own

DANVILLE — Smartphone users have a multitude of mobile applications to choose from, and now there's even an app for Danville.

Joe Massey with ATD Marketing, a Vermilion County-based business, decided to design an app for the Danville area that features information about restaurants, parks, museums, cultural and civic organizations, schools, churches and more.

Champaign schools hire educational technology director

CHAMPAIGN — David Hohman has been hired as the Champaign school district's director of education technology.

Hohman, currently the instructional technology specialist at Champaign's Jefferson Middle School, will integrate technology into the curriculum and developing teaching practices to accelerate student achievement.

California company possible partner for UI online courses

URBANA — The University of Illinois is exploring the possibility of partnering with Coursera, a California company that offers free online courses.

UI Vice President and Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise has asked the faculty senate to convene an ad hoc committee that will explore any academic issues that could come along with a possible partnership.

Champaign opts out of 'smart' parking meters

CHAMPAIGN — City council members hope drivers didn't ditch their coins and CashKeys yet.

The credit card-reading "smart meters" officials were testing on Walnut Street and Chester Street in downtown Champaign will start disappearing after the city council decided this week they preferred the more familiar parking meters that were replaced last year.

DACC trustees to consider adding mechatronics program

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College soon could offer a new program that would prepare area residents to step into some high-skill, high-paying jobs.

Trustees on Tuesday will discuss and then vote on whether to approve a 24-credit-hour certificate program in mechatronics.

THQ touts Volition's 'Saints Row'

CHAMPAIGN — Volition's parent company, THQ Inc., this week hailed "Saints Row" as the most successful video-game franchise to which it owns intellectual property rights.