UI Solar Farm back online after electrical system fixed

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Solar Farm is back in action, gathering rays to produce energy.

Spokesman Steve Breitwieser announced Thursday that the 21-acre solar farm resumed full production of electricity Jan. 25.

The installation had been offline since Oct. 29 following a malfunction of the farm's on-site electrical system.

Search for sustainable fuels drives researchers at UI's new bioenergy center

A Midwest crop of the future: grasses and other plants that produce their own oils to be used as fuel or byproducts.

That's the vision behind a new bioenergy research center being launched today at the University of Illinois with help from a five-year, $115 million grant from the Department of Energy, one of the largest ever received by the campus.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What:Lumen Loves Wine! Gala to benefit for Imbibe Urbana, Love for All Poetry Crawl at The Urbana Free Library, dining at Pizza M, Broadway Food Hall and more, free acupuncture at Urbana Acupuncture, family fun at Spark Museum + Play Cafe, art shows at Urbana galleries and music at Blackbird Urbana and Iron Post.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 1, 2018

The typewriter LOREN TATE was given when he joined The News-Gazette in 1966 will soon be on display at the Champaign County History Museum.

T.J. BLAKEMAN, president of the museum's board of directors, picked it up this week after Tate agreed to donate it.

Illinois Ancestors: Book chronicles free, enslaved blacks, slaveholders in Baltimore

Noreen J. Goodson and Donna Tyler Hollie have published a list of free and enslaved blacks and slaveholders so researchers can now determine whether their ancestors were "free or enslaved, and if enslaved, to whom they 'belonged.'"

Top of the Morning, Jan. 30, 2018

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: St. Thomas More's EMILY HALCOMB, a do-it-all senior who is headed to Butler for college.

"It's a small school with a bigger-school atmosphere," Halcomb said.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 29, 2018

In keeping with the theme the past couple weeks of answering questions raised in our comments, it's time to tackle one of the trickier aspects — descriptions of unknown suspects in crime stories.

Rich Warren: Customer has been in a tussle with LG

Eighty-three days. That's how long our reader Linda has waited for LG to repair her expensive OLED TV. Ever since the screen started turning green, she has tangled with LG about warranty service. The company has consistently given her the runaround. Here's Linda's log of interactions with LG:

Nov. 7: Filed claim (under warranty).

Wired In: Aimy Wissa

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a different high-tech innovator. This week, meet AIMY WISSA, an assistant professor in the University of Illinois Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering who uses biological concepts to create a wold where robots can fly.

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Social-media posts have Mahomet-Seymour parents wary

MAHOMET — Police stepped up their presence Friday at Mahomet-Seymour High School out of an abundance of caution after two perceived threats were spread on social media.

Police determined the first threat wasn't credible and more of a misunderstanding, and that the second was fake.

The first stemmed from a comment on a photo that spread on social media Thursday afternoon.