Rich Warren: Taking a byte out of your data usage

Count your blessings, or gigabytes as the case may be.

In many areas of the country, Internet service providers cap the amount of data you can download and upload.Exceed that limit and you receive quite a surcharge on your bill.

The cellphone companies regularly do this to subscribers. Or they throttle your speed down to a crawl.

Joan Griffis: Colonial diseases took their toll

Joan Griffis: Illinois Ancestors

Just 1 Question: Favorite education app?

Arcola: home to the state's fourth-winningest high school football program (682 and counting) and a free-iPads-for-everyone technology setup (700-plus in all) that's the envy of districts across Illinois. We asked seven Arcola students and one teacher: What's your favorite education app?

AT&T brings reinforcements for Illini game

CHAMPAIGN — If you're an AT&T wireless customer and planning to attend any Illinois home football games, you're going to get some extra support as you text, post and call from the stands of Memorial Stadium.

AT&T said Monday it will bring in a COW — short for cell tower on wheels — to boost network support to keep customers connected in the stadium.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Aug. 30, 2015; social media much?

We asked this week's panel of 10 to tell us about their social media habits.


Donation lets Bailey Academy class go big

DANVILLE — For the last couple of years, Kenneth D. Bailey Academy students have been creating eye-catching educational posters, fliers and other printed material for classrooms throughout the Danville school district.

Now students said they'll be able to take their work to a new level thanks to a grant from AT&T.

UI bringing Chinese language to broadcast booth

CHAMPAIGN — Growing up in his native China, Bruce Lu became a "huge fan" of North American sports.

Rich Warren: Time to get charged up about your batteries

As summer winds down, some warm days remain. Whether summer or winter, beware of the heat. Temperatures above 80 degrees shorten the life of most electronics, especially lithium-ion batteries. Keep all electronics and batteries out of the sun, even on cool days.

Showcase of tradition

RANTOUL — Every two years, members of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club fire up their time machine and take people back to a simpler period on the farm.

That time rolls around again Thursday when the four-day, seventh annual Half Century of Progress show kicks off on the grounds of the Rantoul National Aviation Center.

D-W board takes steps on Internet

DeLAND — The DeLand-Weldon school board voted to upgrade Internet service and took a step toward receiving a substantial reimbursement of phone and Internet service expenses.