UI's Siebel Center for Design gets interim director

CHAMPAIGN — The new Siebel Center for Design at the University of Illinois has an interim director: Andrew Singer, a professor of electrical and computer engineering who has led the planning for the $48 million project.

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Black Sacred Music Symposium Concert

Rich Warren: Comcast launches app to track service reps

Bulletin from the North Pole: For those girls and boys who have been good, Santa now offers to shimmy down the chimney within a prearranged half-hour window, and you can track him with a smartphone app. That way, the milk won't be warm, and the cookies won't go stale.

Meet Illinois basketball's Jalen Coleman-Lands: Shot caller

CHAMPAIGN — In all likelihood, Jalen Coleman-Lands and Musa Sulejmani would have met at some point on the Illinois campus.

Schlarman students lend seniors a digital helping hand

DANVILLE — In the month that Betty Barkman has owned a Samsung Galaxy tablet, she has done little more than take it out of the box.

"I'm still waiting for a teenager to show me how to use it," the 88-year-old Danville woman and retired nurse said with a laugh.

Entrepreneurs recognized at Innovation Celebration

CHAMPAIGN — Entrepreneurs celebrated the local Oscars of innovation Friday night, but without any of the flubs that marred the actual Oscars.

The biggest mistake occurred when an award category was being announced out of order, but that was quickly corrected.

"That's not as bad as the mistake we saw" Sunday, master of ceremonies Lori Gold Patterson joked after catching herself.

#TheMJs, March 3, 2017

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



Entertainment listings, March 2-9, 2017


This weekend


What: Presented by Imbibe Urbana. Family-friendly for everyone.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. March 3.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

More info: Email


Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: RootsTech 2017 names prize winners

RootsTech, which was held last month in Salt Lake City and claims to be the "world's largest family-history technology conference," awarded $95,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to OldNews, an android app designed to help users quickly discover their family in historical U.S. newspapers.

I3 Broadband closes deal to run UC2B fiber-optic network

URBANA — St. Louis-based i3 Broadband has acquired iTV-3 and will operate the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B) fiber-optic network.

A subsidiary of CountryWide Broadband, i3 said it plans to aggressively expand the system so it can provide its services throughout the greater Champaign-Urbana area.