CHAMPAIGN — A $2 million University Avenue improvement project in downtown Champaign has morphed into an urban archaeology dig, as construction crews have unearthed remnants of the city's interurban railroad and streetcar system.
URBANA — The University of Illinois is replacing its 2-year-old Illini-Alert notification system with a more advanced system that police say will provide instant updates about campus threats on multiple platforms.
The UI signed a two-year contract this week with Rave Mobile Safety of Massachusetts, which provides services to more than 300 universities across the country.
PAXTON — E.On Climate & Renewables, a Chicago-based firm that plans to start building its Pioneer Trail Wind Farm near Paxton this summer, has agreed to sell some of the renewable energy produced by the wind farm's 94 turbines to a consortium of 21 electric-distribution cooperatives in Illinois.
If you're looking for photos for a high school reunion, or researching the school days of family members, a new online resource could help.
The eBlack Champaign-Urbana project is digitizing yearbooks from Champaign and Urbana high schools and putting them on its website, at http://www.eblackcu.net.
DANVILLE — About 9 percent of the local workforce is unemployed, yet openings for full-time, good-paying jobs with benefits in the Danville area are difficult to fill, according to local economic development officials.
DANVILLE — When the new Schlarman Academy opens its doors this fall, kindergarten through eighth-grade Catholic school children will be able to study foreign language through an online program by Rosetta Stone, a leading worldwide provider of technology-based language learning.
URBANA — Innovative materials scientist John Rogers will use a $500,000 prize to do even more research in electronics that work with and fit to the human body.
A physicist, Rogers will receive the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Prize on Wednesday.
DANVILLE — A Chicago-based energy company submitted to Vermilion County on Friday its application for a permit to build a wind farm with more than 100 turbines in west central Vermilion County and about 30 turbines in east central Champaign County.
CHAMPAIGN — Horizon Hobby employees once staged a tricycle race between the company's founder, Rick Stephens, and his brother Larry.
As Larry recalls it, he was a half-wheel ahead when Rick stretched out his leg "and kicked my tricycle over."
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-based Isotech Laboratories has been acquired by Weatherford Laboratories, a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Weatherford International.
Isotech Labs, founded in Champaign in 1985, does isotope testing for the oil and gas industry. The company employs 42 at its office at 1308 Parkland Court, C.