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.
URBANA – Nanophotonic crystals, nanobiosensors, nanocharacterization.
URBANA – Some $39 million in improvements to the local sanitary sewer system are moving ahead.
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.
BROADLANDS – Superintendent Andrew Larson said he is still hoping the Heritage school district will break ground this year on two new gymnasiums and cafeterias, one at each of the district's two schools.
Larson said the architect's blueprints are being finalized and the district is waiting on health department approval of the plans. He said if these steps fall into place, he hopes bids will be let sometime this fall, and construction will start by late fall.
CHAMPAIGN – A neighborhood-rights campaign continues to put pressure on AmerenIP to clean up a contaminated former manufactured-gas plant site at Fifth and Hill streets, contending the site poses a greater health risk than is being presented to the public.
Meanwhile, AmerenIP officials say that a nearly completed site-investigation report, already presented to the state in draft form, shows that contamination of soil and groundwater has spread off-site to the north, east and west, with off-site groundwater contamination to the south.
DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College trustees on Tuesday took another step toward issuing $1 million in bonds to make much-needed improvements to technology across campus.
Trustees authorized the college to enter into a $1 million debt certificate, or installment loan, with First Financial Bank in Ridge Farm, which is offering an annual interest rate of 2.6 percent. By law, the college must show debt before it can proceed with a bond sale.
CHAMPAIGN – If you're going to name something after Larry Smarr, why not a supercomputer?
Smarr – best known in Champaign-Urbana as the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications – returned to town this week for a ceremony dedicating a supercomputer in his honor.
CHAMPAIGN – City council members gave their enthusiastic backing Tuesday night to creation of a car-sharing program in Champaign-Urbana, despite the fact that it could wind up costing the city thousands of dollars if drivers don't use it.
Meeting in study session, Champaign council members voted 8-0 in favor of directing staff to complete an intergovernmental agreement with Urbana, the University of Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, all of whom will share equally in the costs, and risks, of the car-sharing program.
CHAMPAIGN – Scott Breeding of Rantoul took a chamois to a freshly washed green and white Chevy Malibu Thursday afternoon at Parkland College, and Lucas Lange of Gibson City drove it onto the trailer that would take it to the St. Louis area, where they would be drag racing.