Isotech acquisition won't change local presence

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-based Isotech Laboratories has been acquired by Weatherford Laboratories, a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Weatherford International.

Isotech Labs, founded in Champaign in 1985, does isotope testing for the oil and gas industry. The company employs 42 at its office at 1308 Parkland Court, C.

Deere, iCyt plan expansion in new phase of UI Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — The first building in the newest phase of the University of Illinois Research Park could go up by the end of the year.

Couple to air views on wind ordinance to Vermilion board

DANVILLE — Members of the Vermilion County Board will hear Thursday night from a Rankin-area couple who believe the county's wind turbine ordinance should be changed.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Jim McMahon said Darrell and Kim Cambron will make a presentation to the county board's executive committee.

Defibrillator saves man on golf course in Mahomet

MAHOMET — It was a gloomy day at the golf course. Upper 40s and windy.

"It kind of looked like it might rain," said Chris Edmondson, assistant manager of the golf course at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet.

Only nine players had come through as of 1:45 p.m. April 4. That's about the time the phone rang.

UI student uses memory of summer job to devise solar-powered watering system

URBANA — During his high school days, Trey Ward had a summer job watering municipal flower beds in Hinsdale.

Three days a week, he traveled around town with a tank holding hundreds of gallons of water, making sure planters got their fill.

To Ward, it seemed "a huge waste of municipal funds."

Fundraiser set for community technology

CHAMPAIGN — A fundraiser this weekend will help support community technology.

Cellphone company proposes tower at UHS athletic complex

URBANA — A proposal to put a 150-foot cell tower at the Urbana High School athletic complex has raised concerns in the neighborhood around the school.

U.S. Cellular has proposed putting the tower at the athletic complex to improve its wireless service in Urbana. It would pay about $1,600 per month to the Urbana school district to lease the tower.

Senators have reservations on wind power proposal

SPRINGFIELD — Counties would be limited in some of the restrictions they could place on small, non-commercial wind turbines under a bill that cleared a Senate committee Thursday.

UI gets $6 million for cloud-computing research

The University of Illinois is getting $6 million from the U.S. Air Force to create a center that could revolutionize shared computer resources called "cloud computing."

The University Center of Excellence in Assured Cloud Computing was established Thursday by the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Urbana campus.