Call center glitches show up before Affordable Care Act launch

CHAMPAIGN — Two glitches have emerged in the final days leading up to the launch of Obamacare in Illinois.

The online state call center intended to provide help directing people to the right area of Illinois online health marketplace isn't operating yet, and Illinois consumers will likely need to seek help through the federal call center for a short time.

Rich Warren: Remembering a sound innovator

Ray Dolby, who immeasurably enhanced our enjoyment of music and movies, died Sept. 12 at age 80. He held 50 patents and won numerous Academy Awards and Emmy Awards for his contributions to audio, video and cinema.

Illinois Ancestors: Boundary changes can affect research

Genealogical researchers need to be aware of boundary changes in order to conduct successful research. An ancestor may have lived on the same piece of property for his entire life, and yet the name of that geographical location may have changed several times.

Students trace their own history through DNA

DANVILLE — Jasmin Grajales has wondered, upon occasion, whether she descended from an Aztec princess. Her mom told her that her grandparents immigrated to the United States from Mexico and her great-grandfather came from an Aztec tribe.

Joshua White's mom told him that he has a German, Japanese and Hawaiian heritage.

Warrant issued over online comments

URBANA — For years, Lori Stewart received comments on her blog from an anonymous poster that were mostly vulgar.

The 50-year-old Urbana woman started her blog in 2005 "on a kick" before she even really knew what a web log was.

Rich Warren: Checking out the latest stuff always eye-opening

When the mediocre sound of MP3s overwhelms me and poor quality Web videos tire me, I head over to Glenn Poor's Audio-Video in the Old Farms Shops in Champaign to recalibrate. That usually means a semiannual visit.

Proprietor Geoff Poor always infectiously waxes ecstatic about new products during my visits, such as the one at the end of August.

Economic Development Corp. urged to be one-stop place for data

CHAMPAIGN — As companies increasingly rely on data in deciding where to locate and expand, the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. needs to position itself as "a business market intelligence expert," its chairman said.

Companies' decisions are "really very data-driven," Cameron Moore told the economic development group's board of directors Wednesday.

Illinois Ancestors: 'Irish Lives Remembered' update available

The September 2013 issue (No. 16) of the free online e-magazine "Irish Lives Remembered" can be read/downloaded at

As in previous issues, this issue devotes many pages to genealogical research in a specific county; this issue features County Cavan.

Kenwood to offer training, computer to parents of students

CHAMPAIGN — While students at Kenwood Elementary in Champaign will be out of school next week for their fall intersession, their parents and guardians will have a chance to learn about computers at school.

A setback for wind farms

HOPE — An airplane that never takes off. A diesel truck idling. An interstate highway. Tennis shoes thumping in a dryer.

That's how several Vermilion County residents who live in the California Ridge wind project describe the various noises from wind turbines near their homes.