Rich Warren: CES was a yawner this year

For many years, the Consumer Electronics Show zapped the brain circuits of attendees with stimulation. From most reports, this year, the CES barely sparked its way through Las Vegas from Jan. 8-12.

Perhaps the power outage on Jan. 10 that blacked out the show for up to two hours proved symbolic.

Getting Personal: Christine Herman

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 32-year-old Champaign resident CHRISTINE HERMAN, a chemist turned reporter and a mom who flies on a trapeze, chats with staff writer Paul Wood.

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Urbana Middle School's Future City club building visions of tomorrow

URBANA — If the 15 kids in Urbana Middle School's Future City club have any say, the future is going to be bright, eco-friendly and full of technological innovation.

Or at least that's what they hope to convince judges of today in Chicago, where they'll present models of the two "cities" two groups of them have spent four months planning and building from scratch.

I3 Broadband aiming to connect 10,000 homes to fiber network in 2018

CHAMPAIGN — I3 Broadband, which acquired the fiber-optic network in Champaign-Urbana last year, said it expanded to 2,750 new homes in the last 12 months, and its goal for 2018 is to connect more than 10,000 homes.

"We definitely know there is a need in the Champaign-Urbana area for a really great fiber connection," said Chelsea Peck, i3's marketing and PR manager.

State rejects challenge to UI's decision on electronic-records contract

CHICAGO — The state has denied a protest filed by a major software company over a multimillion-dollar contract granted to a rival firm for a new electronic records system at the University of Illinois medical center in Chicago.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 18-25, 2018


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Illinois Ancestors: Vintage Rockford documents available online

Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter recently featured an article about historic documents at Rockford's Midway Village Museum. Previously, one would need to have an appointment to view such materials. "Now, 1,700 of the most popular historic images and documents are being digitized and uploaded by the museum's staff for your viewing."

Top of the Morning, Jan. 15, 2018

Being a former denizen of The News-Gazette's copy desk who still chips in when needed, I'm a firm believer in a wall of separation between news and opinion content.

Rich Warren: You can now talk to your toilet

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) prevents participants in the electronics industry from relaxing after the holidays. Press day, reserved for press conferences the day before the official show opens, commenced the circus on Jan. 8 in Las Vegas. While not as crazed as between 1985 to 2005, most journalists and bloggers wear jogging shoes.

Wired In: Iwona Jasiuk

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech entrepreneur. This week, meet IWONA JASIUK, a professor in the University of Illinois Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering and part-time faculty member at the Beckman Institute's 3D Micro and Nanosystems group. She might save your bones.