Delivery app goPuff hopes to add booze

URBANA — Have a 2 a.m. case of the munchies?

In Champaign-Urbana, there's now an app for that.

Introducing goPuff — a drugstore delivery service where everything from Chubby Hubby ice cream to Charmin bath tissue is just one smartphone click away, guaranteed to be delivered as soon as possible from an Urbana warehouse.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 13, 2017

By all accounts, WDWS reporter TIM DITMAN's takeover of The News-Gazette's Snapchat account on a busy Illini sports weekend was a rousing success.

Next stop for UI-founded company: Space, thanks to NASA contract

CHAMPAIGN — A company founded by a University of Illinois physics professor has raised more than $1.5 million in venture funding this year, graduated from the UI Research Park's EnterpriseWorks incubator and this week announced it was selected for a project by NASA.

Wired In: Kathleen Hu

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet KATHLEEN HU, a University of Illinois student who is heading the technology side of DIBBS, a start-up to fight hunger and reduce food waste. Her web platform connects food retailers to food pantries so that excess food doesn't go to waste.

Rich Warren: Comcast boosting internet speeds

Free lunch may be a fantasy, but Comcast promises a fatter sandwich. If you're in one of Comcast's premium tiers, prepare for faster internet. Download speeds for the company's Xfinity Blast tier will jump from 75 mbps to 100 mbps, while Performance tier speeds will more than double from 25 mbps to 60 mbps.

Author bringing love letter to UI's PLATO system to its birthplace

URBANA — As a college freshman interested in music, Brian Dear was wandering through the University of Delaware music building one day in 1979, hearing an uncoordinated medley of musical instruments from various rooms when he noticed through a window a dark classroom filled with orange-glowing faces peering into computer monitors.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 9-16, 2017


This weekend


What: Get in the Christmas spirit while enjoying Christmas carols and samples of delicious Christmas goodies.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11, and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

Where: Main Street, downtown Arcola.

More info:Call 217-268-3576.

Illinois Ancestors: Rock Island County's records indexes now free online

The Rock Island County Clerk's Office has indexes to that county's births, marriages and deaths, and these indexes can be searched free on the Internet. Previously one had to visit the county clerk's office to search the indexes. A chart showing the years for which certificates are available can be seen at

Top of the Morning, Nov. 6, 2017

On Sunday, we shared several area experts' thoughts on the year that has passed since the history-making election that sent DONALD TRUMP to the White House.

Rich Warren: Bose's SoundLink Micro is big on sound

Often, you want more sound than the anemic audio dribbling out of your smartphone. With the exception of a very few models, most manufacturers concentrate on the visual experience, not sonic satisfaction.