Kenwood to offer training, computer to parents of students

CHAMPAIGN — While students at Kenwood Elementary in Champaign will be out of school next week for their fall intersession, their parents and guardians will have a chance to learn about computers at school.

A setback for wind farms

HOPE — An airplane that never takes off. A diesel truck idling. An interstate highway. Tennis shoes thumping in a dryer.

That's how several Vermilion County residents who live in the California Ridge wind project describe the various noises from wind turbines near their homes.

Carle schedules phone maintenance Saturday night

URBANA — Due to basic maintenance on phone lines at Carle Foundation Hospital over the weekend, some callers may experience delays getting through.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday, primary phone lines will have limited service.

Inbound calls to Carle's main number, 217-383-3311, will be possible, but callers may experience busy signals and delays.

Cameras might be in courts by year's end

SPRINGFIELD — Cameras and other recording devices could be in courtrooms in the 6th Judicial Circuit by the end of the year.

The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday approved allowing the devices for the 6th Circuit, which comprises Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt counties.

Hulten considers machines to ease early voting

URBANA — Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten is considering purchasing 12 new election tabulators to make early voting easier for county residents.

The equipment would cost about $85,000, he said, and would be covered by a combination of federal grant funds, credits for surplus equipment that is being returned and money saved within the clerk's office.

Rich Warren: Reader protests statement about cellphone companies

Once in a while we touch a nerve. This column avoids politics but sometimes inadvertently crosses the line. Thus, the following rebuttal to the Aug. 15 column:

Computer programming workshop set for dyslexic students

URBANA — A free workshop about computer programming for dyslexic students is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Lewis Auditorium at the Urbana Free Library, 200 W. Green St., U.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Chicago campus has joined the Common Application Consortium

CHICAGO — Overall admissions numbers and the quality of student applicants both improved this year at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which recently joined the Common Application Consortium.

But UI officials say it's too soon to gauge the full impact of the school's decision to use the Common App, which has not been adopted by the Urbana-Champaign or Springfield campuses.

State chamber president to retire

A roundup of business news:

SPRINGFIELD — Doug Whitley plans to retire as president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce next year after 12 years in the job.

Whitley, 63, notified the chamber's board of directors of his plans Thursday, according to a chamber release.

Rich Warren: Recycling event and antenna answers

Answers. We have answers.

First, however, a reminder about recycling: While out driving recently I saw analog picture tube TVs sitting in a driveway with a sign that said "free." Trash collectors don't want old TVs, and most people desire flat-panel TVs that incorporate digital tuners.