2011 Ladies Night Out

Visitors enjoy informative tables, entertainment and refreshments at Ladies Night Out at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Ill on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. 

Final decision weeks away on wind farm near Royal

URBANA — A proposed 30-turbine wind farm in northeast Champaign County will get another hearing Thursday night before the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals — but probably not its last hearing.

Champaign residents vow fight over cell tower

CHAMPAIGN -- Residents of a south-central Champaign neighborhood pledged to speak out against a proposed cell tower at a public hearing next month after hearing from T-Mobile representatives on Wednesday night.

UI professor wins NIH New Innovator honor

URBANA — Tricking dangerous bacteria into becoming harmless ones is the goal of a prize-winning chemist at the University of Illinois.

Douglas A. Mitchell, 31, is a winner of the 2011 National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award, one of two in the state (the other at Northwestern University).

Police say influx of cameras and other new equipment deters, solves crimes

URBANA — While the proliferation of cameras watching our every move is hardly an attractive idea to most Americans, police on the University of Illinois campus say they are another tool to help them keep the peace.

Behind the parting of IBM and Blue Waters

CHAMPAIGN — More than three dozen changes, most suggested by IBM, would have delayed the Blue Waters project by a year, the University of Illinois argued in documents obtained by The News-Gazette.

The requested changes caused friction as early as December 2010, eight months before IBM pulled out, leaving the project to look for a new vendor for the supercomputer.

Indianola residents hope post office stays open

INDIANOLA — Ray Evans said he understands the U.S. Postal Service's desire to cut costs. But he doesn't think Postal Service officials understand how much of a hardship it would be on him and his neighbors if they close his local post office.

Khan Annex dedication 2011

A dedication and ribbon cutting are held outside of Huff Hall to celebrate the building's north addition, Khan Annex, in Champaign, Ill on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. The annex, made possible by Shahid Khan and wife, Ann Carlson Khan, will house the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, the Master of Public Health program, classrooms and more. 

Kirby/Mattis cell tower proposal comes back

CHAMPAIGN — More than a year after meeting with the neighborhood to discuss plans, T-Mobile has submitted an application to build a cell tower in south-central Champaign, behind the Old Farm Shops at the corner of Kirby and Mattis avenues.

Wind farm setback dispute may land in court

GILMAN — A legal dispute over whether Douglas Township officials provided proper public notice when they adopted a 2,000-foot setback for wind turbines could be headed to court.

But attorneys on both sides of the issue hope it does not come to that.