Program tries to give kids a leg up on tech

Jamaica schools seventh-grader Rylan Tate always liked math, particularly geometry. Still, he didn't know why it's important to understand things like lines, angles and shapes, other than to do well on tests.

He does now, thanks to the Gateway to Technology pre-engineering program, which Vermilion Advantage brought to his school this year.

First of six bike-repair stands ready to help in downtown Urbana

URBANA — With tethered screwdrivers and wrenches dangling, a new fixture in downtown Urbana is obviously not your typical garage workshop.

Maybe the bicycle air pump gives it away.

UI plans clean-energy workshop Oct. 13

URBANA — The University of Illinois will hold a clean-energy education workshop Oct. 13.

Ameren Illinois to detail plans for power line

CHAMPAIGN — Area residents will have a chance next week to learn more about a high-power transmission line that Ameren Illinois plans in southwest Champaign.

Ameren Illinois will host an open house on the 138,000-volt line from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C.

Zoning board learns 2 agreements reached on wind farm

URBANA — Approval of a planned 30-turbine wind farm in northeastern Champaign County inched forward Thursday with the submission of a county road agreement and a revised reclamation agreement from the wind farm developer.

But the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals decided to continue the case to next Thursday.

UI professor remembers Steve Jobs as a pioneer

     Just days after his passing, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs is already being remembered in Champaign as a pioneer in the world of technology. 

WAND power boost may disrupt signal temporarily

DECATUR — Some viewers of WAND-TV can expect interruptions in the station's signal today as the station installs a new antenna that will increase WAND's power.

With the increase in power, the Decatur-based station should be able to reach more than 1 million people in central Illinois, up from about 900,000 previously, WAND said in a news release.

Wind farm zoning issue could last beyond Thursday hearing

URBANA — A zoning board case regarding a proposed 30-turbine wind farm in northeastern Champaign County — now more than a month old — could conclude Thursday night.

Or it could remain before the county zoning board of appeals.

New location proposed for cell tower in Urbana

URBANA — U.S. Cellular has proposed a new location for a controversial cell tower that is closer to the center of the Urbana High School/Middle School campus.

Paxton wind farm to be showcased

PAXTON — E.On Climate & Renewables has scheduled an Oct. 20 open house for the public to see its Pioneer Trail Wind Farm being built east and northeast of Paxton.

The open house is set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20, at a wind turbine site on the south side of Illinois 9 between Ford County roads 2100 E and 2300 E, about 3 miles east of Paxton.