FarmVille co-creator ahead of schedule

CHAMPAIGN — Sizhao Yang, one of the creators of the online game FarmVille, always figured he would form his own company some day.

But at age 28, the University of Illinois graduate has already sold one company for "millions of dollars," formed another that employs 30 and is acting as investor or adviser to 18 others.

$121 million project aims to improve digital resources for researchers

URBANA — A new $121 million project led by the University of Illinois will help researchers collaborate in a secure environment, while focusing on their work rather than the technology behind it.

Champaign OKs test of card-reading parking meters

CHAMPAIGN — New parking meters will be installed in the core of the downtown area within the next few months after the city council voted 6-2 in support of a trial program for mechanisms that would accept credit and debit card payments.

Monticello high school student helps on cancer research at UI

URBANA — There have been other summers for fun, but Monticello High School student Jacob Hanselman will be able to remember this summer as the one when he came to the University of Illinois every day, put on a white lab coat and helped do cancer research.


Champaign to hear the details about 'smart' parking meters

CHAMPAIGN — City officials could be rolling out a trial of 37 new "smart meters" in the downtown area this summer if the city council supports the program this week.

The council will hear details on the new parking meters, which would accept credit and debit card payments, when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

Iroquois County township sets tougher wind restrictions

GILMAN — After the Iroquois County Board adopted the largest known setback for wind turbines in Illinois, one of its townships decided to adopt an even larger setback.

Gearhead: Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander turned an early interest in all things automotive into a career.

UI's spam filters prevent some alerts from arriving in test

URBANA — Two things were clear in the first test of the new emergency alert system at the University of Illinois on Thursday:

a) Problems with text alerts seem to have been mostly resolved.

b) The UI's spam filters work very well — enough to delay for an hour or more email alerts sent to the UI's own addresses.

Trustees vote to close UI Institute of Aviation

UPDATED 3:20 p.m. Thursday

CHICAGO – The University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted 6-2 Thursday afternoon to close the Institute of Aviation.