Iroquois moves toward recording meetings

WATSEKA — In an effort to increase government transparency, the Iroquois County Board is moving forward with buying audio and video equipment that would be used to record its meetings for public viewing.

Illinois Ancestors: Quaker genealogical research presents challenges

Anyone whose male ancestors do not appear in military records may come to find out that those individuals belonged to the religious sect called Quakers. George Fox, its founder, declared in 1660, "We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fighting with outward weapons for any end or under any pretence whatever."

Researchers hope to give condiments a health boost

URBANA — Spices and condiments may be capable of doing more than beefing up the flavor of foods.

Researchers are working on fortifying some of these commonly used products, such as soy sauce and curry powder, to help make up vitamin and mineral deficiencies in developing countries around the world.

Cunningham journals donated to county historical archives

URBANA — The recently discovered journals of early Champaign County pioneer and historian Joseph Oscar Cunningham have been donated to the Champaign County Historical Archives at the Urbana Free Library.

UI hoping to boost cell reception, eventually add Web access at Memorial Stadium

CHAMPAIGN — You're at the big game, trying to upload a selfie to Instagram or text your friends across the stadium — along with 40,000 other people. No signal — too much cell traffic in one place for the network to handle.

Rich Warren: Just scratching the surface of turntables

The vinyl romance continues spinning. Two reader emails inquired about disposing of turntables and LPs. We tracked a turntable question recently. A new one: "I have a Technics Quartz D.D automatic SL-5310 that I will probably never use again and was wondering if I should sell it and what to ask for it?

Illinois Ancestors: ISGS posts 1812 Pension Match Challenge

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) has announced that it is supporting the Federation of Genealogical Societies' (FGS) "Preserve The Pensions" campaign by issuing the ISGS War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge.

ISGS will match any donation up to the first $10,000 that is made before Jan. 31, 2015.

Unit One visitors will share their talents with community

URBANA — A variety of guests will participate this academic year in the Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence Program, which features events that are free and open to the public.

Playing it Forward

URBANA — As an independent video game designer, Luke Schneider has learned what works — and what doesn't — when it comes to selling games.

Over the last four years, Schneider's company, Urbana-based RadianGames, has issued nearly a dozen games, most available at app stores for download.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Aug. 24, 2014

Inspired by a cheery video describing the Champaign-Urbana of 25 years from now — zero poverty! zero unemployment! — we asked experts to gaze into their crystal balls and tell us how things will be dramatically different in their fields come 2039.