Proposed wind farm ordinance advances to full county board

URBANA – An ordinance to regulate wind farms in Champaign County will go to the full county board later this month.

Members of the county's Environment and Land Use Committee voted unanimously Monday night to send the ordinance to the county board for its May 21 meeting.

Associate director picked for research park

CHAMPAIGN – Laura Frerichs has been named associate director of the University of Illinois Research Park and its business incubator, EnterpriseWorks, effective June 16.

Forums to be held on creating plan for broadband program

URBANA – Public forums will be held on creation of a local plan for a possible high-speed Internet program in Champaign-Urbana.

The Broadband Access Committee of the Champaign-Urbana Cable Television and Telecommunications Commission will host the first forum at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lewis Auditorium of the Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U. Another forum is set for 7 p.m. May 21 at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.

Abbott Labs leasing space in UI research park

CHAMPAIGN – Pharmaceutical and nutritional products company Abbott Laboratories is expected to move into the University of Illinois Research Park this July.

Uni High team wins science, technology competition

URBANA – A team of four students at University Laboratory High School in Urbana placed first Sunday in the 17th annual Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program.

Sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, the ExploraVision program is the world's largest K-12 science and technology competition. This year, the program received 4,388 team entries representing the participation of 13,774 students from across the United States and Canada.

Durbin forms panel to review Central District applicants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Monday the formation of a panel to review applications for the U.S. attorney and U.S. marshal positions for the Central District of Illinois, which includes all of East Central Illinois.

But there has been no word that either U.S. Attorney Rodger Heaton or U.S. Marshal Steven Deatherage will be replaced, said Joe Shoemaker, a spokesman for Durbin.

Local author combines curiosity, danger in book of experiments

CHAMPAIGN – If you've ever been enthralled by Theo Gray's "Gray Matter" column in Popular Science magazine, you're in for a treat.

The chemistry buff has bundled 55 of his most outrageous experiments into "Mad Science," a 239-page, full-color, hardcover book published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers.

Teams compete at UI to find new uses for old electronics

URBANA – An old computer returns to life as a hydroponic mini-farm, with a monitor filling in as a grow-light.

Perfect for a long space flight, with astronauts in deep sleep, the computer adjusts water, feed and lights, and tells you when the lettuce is ready to harvest.

Wind farm plan draws protest from Newcomb Township

MAHOMET – Newcomb Township commissioners voted Tuesday to protest a proposed ordinance that would bring wind farms to Champaign County.

In the 4-1 vote, commissioners noted concerns about wind turbines near the extensive Manlove Gas Storage Field in northern Champaign County.

AT&T U-verse to be offered in area in summer

CHAMPAIGN – AT&T expects to begin offering its U-verse suite of television, telephone and broadband internet services this summer to selected areas in Champaign, Urbana, Savoy and Danville.

AT&T officials Marc Blakeman and John Quinn explained the new service – which they tout as a price-competitive alternative to cable television – Wednesday afternoon to the Champaign-Urbana Cable Television and Telecommunications Commission.