UI senate sends 'strongest disapproval' over IT reorganization

URBANA -- Urbana's academic senate Monday went with a strongly worded complaint about centralizing information technology, despite several attempts to soften the tone.

Aviation, IT policies may get another vote

URBANA — At a meeting that wasn't supposed to be necessary, the Institute of Aviation could come up for a second senate vote. Even if it doesn't, the agenda promises to result in a lengthy meeting.

Outage in downtown is fixed

Updated 4:50 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN -- Power is back on after being out for about three hours in some downtown Champaign buildings.

The outage, reported at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, affected 154 customers in a four-block area of downtown, according to Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris.

Founder leaves Volition

CHAMPAIGN -- The founder and president of Volition Inc. is leaving the company.

Mike Kulas told employees last week he is stepping down after 18 years with the Champaign-based video game design firm and its predecessor, Parallax Software. His last day will be Monday.

Agencies cooperate to send radiation detectors to Japan

URBANA -- As Japanese citizens continue to deal with the aftershocks of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant on the country's eastern coast, 2,000 radiation detectors on Tuesday were on their way from Urbana to the country that was devastated by a March earthquake and consequent tsunami.

Danville groups back emergency lights

DANVILLE - Seconds count in an emergency.

That's why Danville's neighborhood associations are spreading information about flashing porch lights that can be activated by the flip of a switch, making it easier for police, fire and medical personnel to find a residence, day or night.

UI official resigns over changes

URBANA -- A top information officer at the University of Illinois has resigned to protest administrative changes that she fears could harm the Urbana campus' status as a world leader in information technology.

Sally Jackson, chief information officer for the campus, resigned that post on April 8, though she will remain as professor and associate provost.

Unity to get geothermal system

TOLONO – Unity High School is going green with a $2.39 million geothermal system that will heat and cool the school while helping the environment.

The Unit 7 school board on Wednesday hired St. Louis-based performance contractor Control Technology and Solutions to replace the mechanicals at the school.

Tech startup: Women's forum meets at research park

CHAMPAIGN -- Female software or hardware engineers may be one of a handful in their office, but at a Thursday luncheon on campus, it was the men who were scarce.

The University of Illinois Research Park launched a new bimonthly lunch forum especially designed for local women working in technology and related fields.

State's tech and ag resources to help Japan

CHICAGO -- Gov. Pat Quinn announced a statewide humanitarian relief effort Friday, to harness Illinois' technological and agricultural resources to provide supplies for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.