Website will match volunteers with opportunities

Sarah Zehr had two weeks between jobs when she moved back to Champaign-Urbana several years ago, so she decided to do some volunteer work.

Her charitable intent didn't pan out. The logistics proved too daunting and the timetable too short.

Group in third year of helping East Central Illinois businesses go green

CHAMPAIGN — More than two years after launching the Illinois Green Business Association, the three young entrepreneurs behind the group are charging ahead with their plans to combat "greenwashing" and promote sustainable business practices throughout the state.

UI instructor will tweet from shuttle launch

A University of Illinois instructor will be tweeting live from the final shuttle flight.

Joanne Manaster is one of 150 selected — out of 5,500 who applied — to attend the last shuttle launch today as part of the NASA tweetup, where Twitter users congregate online.

Vermilion committee recommends wind farm license

DANVILLE — Vermilion County's newly-formed wind turbine regulatory committee unanimously recommended Wednesday granting the county's first-ever permit to Chicago-based Invenergy for a 140-turbine wind farm.

Several residents spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, some in favor of the project and some against.

Champaign likely to reject bid for Big Broadband project

CHAMPAIGN — The city council this week likely will reject bids for the city's portion of the Big Broadband construction project, after the lowest bidder's prices came in $1.7 million above an engineer's estimate.

Project unearthing blasts from city's transportation past

CHAMPAIGN — A $2 million University Avenue improvement project in downtown Champaign has morphed into an urban archaeology dig, as construction crews have unearthed remnants of the city's interurban railroad and streetcar system.

UI getting more advanced alert system

URBANA — The University of Illinois is replacing its 2-year-old Illini-Alert notification system with a more advanced system that police say will provide instant updates about campus threats on multiple platforms.

The UI signed a two-year contract this week with Rave Mobile Safety of Massachusetts, which provides services to more than 300 universities across the country.

Wind farm will sell some energy to co-op consortium

PAXTON — E.On Climate & Renewables, a Chicago-based firm that plans to start building its Pioneer Trail Wind Farm near Paxton this summer, has agreed to sell some of the renewable energy produced by the wind farm's 94 turbines to a consortium of 21 electric-distribution cooperatives in Illinois.

Effort under way to digitize yearbooks

If you're looking for photos for a high school reunion, or researching the school days of family members, a new online resource could help.

The eBlack Champaign-Urbana project is digitizing yearbooks from Champaign and Urbana high schools and putting them on its website, at

Speaker challenges Danville to train workers for future skills

DANVILLE — About 9 percent of the local workforce is unemployed, yet openings for full-time, good-paying jobs with benefits in the Danville area are difficult to fill, according to local economic development officials.