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.

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.

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.

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.

Carle schedules phone maintenance Saturday night

URBANA — Due to basic maintenance on phone lines at Carle Foundation Hospital over the weekend, some callers may experience delays getting through.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday, primary phone lines will have limited service.

Inbound calls to Carle's main number, 217-383-3311, will be possible, but callers may experience busy signals and delays.

Cameras might be in courts by year's end

SPRINGFIELD — Cameras and other recording devices could be in courtrooms in the 6th Judicial Circuit by the end of the year.

The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday approved allowing the devices for the 6th Circuit, which comprises Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt counties.

Hulten considers machines to ease early voting

URBANA — Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten is considering purchasing 12 new election tabulators to make early voting easier for county residents.

The equipment would cost about $85,000, he said, and would be covered by a combination of federal grant funds, credits for surplus equipment that is being returned and money saved within the clerk's office.

Computer programming workshop set for dyslexic students

URBANA — A free workshop about computer programming for dyslexic students is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Lewis Auditorium at the Urbana Free Library, 200 W. Green St., U.

The workshop is free and open to the public.