Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: State has had many county changes

The boundaries of the counties of Illinois have undergone many changes from the time that the first counties, St. Clair and Knox, were formed in the Northwest Territory in 1790 until 1859, when Douglas and Ford were created.

Adaptability a hallmark of 50-year career

MONTICELLO — Roger Prather has found an innate ability to adapt to the ever-changing agricultural industry, an industry that has helped him last for 50 years at John Deere dealerships, the most recent 47 at AHC in Monticello, formerly Heath's.

Intel workers like to have other job opportunities here

CHAMPAIGN — Facing potential layoffs or transfers, dozens of Intel Corp. technology professionals are likely to have other job opportunities in Champaign County if they want them, a University of Illinois economic development official said.

If you build a great fireworks show, they will come

ARTHUR — It's not uncommon for Mark Jones to look out toward the four-way stop sign in town on the night of the acclaimed Fourth of July fireworks show and view cars in all four directions as far as the eye can see.

Short-handed council backs more Tasers in Urbana

URBANA — The Urbana Police Department will likely soon be getting eight more Tasers, if they're approved by the full city council next week.

It's Your Business: Baxter's readies second home

Baxter's American Grille is set to open in the former TGI Friday's/Prairie Fire space at 100 Trade Center Drive, C, near the end of August, according to the restaurant's director of operations, Chelsea Heffernan.

"We take occupancy of the space on Aug. 10, and we anticipate it will take 10 to 15 days to complete training," Heffernan said.

Wired In: Bill Boulanger

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, Bill Boulanger, 63, the founder of Obiter Research, which manufactures complex chemical compounds for industries such as pharmaceuticals.

How did you get started?

#TheMJs, June 24, 2016

On Fridays, Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



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Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Political Graveyard site not what you think

The current presidential campaign is NOT referenced in the website Political Graveyard, in spite of its outward implications. Laurence Kestenbaum has single-handedly researched over 277,000 dead politicians and tells where they are buried. Founded in 1996, his website "is the Internet's most comprehensive free source for American political biography."

Council votes 7-1 for more street cameras

CHAMPAIGN — Security cameras will be coming to two busy Campustown intersections, after the Champaign City Council approved an agreement with the University of Illinois on Tuesday night.

The council approved the bill, which will allow cameras along Green Street, 7-1, with Councilman Tom Bruno voting no.