Volition counting on success for 'Saints Row 2'

CHAMPAIGN – When "Saints Row 2" goes on sale Tuesday, Volition Inc. employees in Champaign will be eager to hear how it's received.

More than three years of work went into the high-action video game, and stores are expected to sell "millions and millions of dollars' worth," though company President Mike Kulas wouldn't be more specific about projections.

Settlement with UI over '02 fish kill finalized

URBANA – Six years after an ammonia spill killed 100,000 fish in the Salt Fork, the final piece of a legal settlement is in place.

The University of Illinois, its cleaning contractor CEDA Inc. and the Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District will pay the state a total of $65,000, and agreed to change procedures for disposing of wastewater, to resolve a water pollution complaint filed by the Illinois attorney general's office in 2002.

University High teen covers Democratic National Convention

URBANA – During the Democratic National Convention in Denver last month, Will Fernandez, 14, interviewed politicians and delegates. He saw Gov. Rod Blagojevich and House Speaker Michael Madigan exchange an awkward hug, prompted by U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. at a morning Illinois delegation meeting.

He had some celebrity sightings, like Chevy Chase getting his picture taken with Denver police officers and "House" actor Kal Penn helping in the convention center.

Carle donates $100,000 to Parkland to help elder care

CHAMPAIGN – Carle Foundation Hospital is giving $100,000 to Parkland College to improve the health care of elderly residents.

Kris Young, Parkland's vice president for academic services, announced the gift to Parkland's board of trustees at their Wednesday night meeting.

Available development sites in Rantoul going online

RANTOUL – The village is getting ready to use the Internet to market local industrial sites and available buildings.

Rantoul Economic Development Director Robert Bruce said developers, business leaders and the general public will soon learn about Rantoul development opportunities online, with the launch of a Web site within two months.

Team building a better wheelchair for Paralympic athletes

URBANA – Inside a nondescript building in the middle of a parking lot, scientists are using a giant wind tunnel to figure out how to make disabled athletes move faster – starting with several of the University of Illinois athletes competing at the Beijing Paralympic Games starting today.

When those athletes start competing, Greg Busch will be watching.

PC Magazine: UI the No. 1 'wired' campus in the country

URBANA – The University of Illinois is the No. 1 "wired" college in the country, and that honor isn't just for Mountain Dew consumption.

The Princeton Review, in the latest edition of "PC Magazine," rates the Urbana-Champaign campus as the best in the country for computer students and others in terms of service, academics and availability.

UI officials tout bright future of nanotechnology at lab dedication

URBANA – Nanophotonic crystals, nanobiosensors, nanocharacterization.

IEPA OKs sewer upgrades for northwest C-U treatment plant

URBANA – Some $39 million in improvements to the local sanitary sewer system are moving ahead.

Vermilion officials hear of growing need for skilled workers

DANVILLE – How are John Deere tractors, BMW cars, Chiquita bananas and Kawasaki motorcycles connected with Vermilion County?

Companies here do business with them, and those companies are looking for skilled workers for good-paying jobs, such as engineers, graphic designers, computer programmers and more.