CHAMPAIGN – Two area companies and several local school districts and cities will share in nearly $6 million in energy grants to East Central Illinois, courtesy of federal stimulus money.
The biggest winner: EpiWorks in Champaign, which received about $2.5 million to expand its photovoltaic wafer production capacity.
CHAMPAIGN – A new city website designed to be more helpful to residents and better represent the community to business prospects could go live on Wednesday morning.
The city council could give the green light to city administrators to launch the redesign during the council's regular meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.
CHAMPAIGN – Canadian software company Infobright has opened a satellite development center in EnterpriseWorks at the University of Illinois Research Park.
Infobright, based in Toronto, Ontario, markets a high-performance analytic database designed to support companies' needs for analytics and business intelligence.
The selection of a developer for the next phase of the University of Illinois Research Park is not likely to happen for a couple more months.
If the recently revised FutureGen 2.0 project is ever built, it's going to require more support from the Illinois Legislature – and possibly more money from Ameren ratepayers.
With an eye toward finding the problem that caused Toyotas to accelerate suddenly, a Champaign native has been named to an elite national panel.
Toyota has recalled more than 8 million cars in the last year, and the carmaker argues its equipment was not defective.
ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph-Ogden High School Biology students are learning about cutting edge technology.
The students in Brad Allen's Biology II class spent time this month learning about nanotechnology.
They studied "nanoscale chemical-electrical-mechanical manufacturing systems," Allen said.
On Tuesday evening, a News-Gazette computer responsible for delivering advertising content was compromised from outside, an attack that appears to have originated in the Netherlands.
John Reed, information technology director, said the attack may have prompted users to download malware.
As of Wednesday morning, the issue has been resolved, he said.
CHAMPAIGN – City firefighters have a new toy to play with.
It's 47 feet long, weighs 68,000 pounds and can flow 2,000 gallons of water per minute.
"That's a lot of water for big fires," said Deputy Fire Chief Eric Mitchell.