Illinois Ancestors | New Reunions Workbook now available

Family reunions are as important as ever! Getting help in the "planning, hosting, and enjoying" of such an activity is available in the new eighth edition of Reunions Workbook. The table of contents includes "Are reunions still relevant in the social media age?", "8 tips ...

Wired In: Manfredo Seufferheld

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech leader. This week, meet MANFREDO SEUFFERHELD, a University of Illinois visiting scientist  and founder of FrostDefense Envirotech Inc., which works to reduce losses in grape and stone-fruit production due to spring frost.

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Rich Warren | Television resolution can get complicated

This column seeks resolution, at least where it concerns your TV picture. At the dawn of digital broadcasting nine years ago, nearly anything better than the original analog 480i resolution qualified as "high definition." DVDs, being 480p, were considered enhanced or improved definition.

Entertainment listings, March 15-22, 2018


This weekend


Illinois Ancestors | Canadian Genealogist magazine free online

The Ontario Genealogical Society published its quarterly magazine, Canadian Genealogist, from 1979 to 1988 and all 38 issues are now available online free to members and nonmembers. Visit the OGS website at and click on any specific issue (available in PDF format).

PayPal co-founder to speak at UI commencement

CHAMPAIGN — PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, a Ukrainian immigrant and University of Illinois computer-science alumnus, will deliver the keynote address at the UI's May 12 commencement.

Carle Illinois College of Medicine's fundraising off target

URBANA — As the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine prepares to admit its first class of recruits, administrators are rethinking the financing model for the college.

The UI is about $25 million behind its target in an eight-year, $135 million fundraising plan to support the engineering-based medical school.

Wired In: Shawna Culp

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech leader. This week, meet SHAWNA CULP, a product manager at Pixo, a custom software-development company in Urbana.

Rich Warren | Don't pin volume issues on Comcast

If Goldilocks visited the contemporary three bears, she would discover three sets of headphones on the table rather than porridge. She might wonder if any of them were playing at just the right volume. This reader email echoes a complaint that goes back to the advent of television:

Weekend Planner | See rubber meet road

"Drafting the Future" is the theme of this year's University of Illinois Engineering Open House, which kicked off Friday.

Exhibits and demonstrations coordinated by UI students will continue at various engineering buildings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Here's more via staff writer Tim Mitchell: