CHAMPAIGN – A team of students from the University of Illinois has won a $50,000 grant to help prospective tenants in the Champaign-Urbana area learn the energy efficiency of apartments they might rent.
With the Ford College Community Challenge grant, the students hope to build an online database that would show the energy efficiency of rental properties in the community.
CHAMPAIGN – Chicago-based Littelfuse, a manufacturer of circuit-protection products, has signed a 15-year lease for space in a new building within the University of Illinois Research Park.
CHAMPAIGN – Two local candidates are among the four final applicants for the post of director for the Metropolitan Computer-aided Dispatch service.
METCAD provides police, fire and emergency services dispatching for most of Champaign County except the Rantoul area. Rick Kallmayer, who formerly worked at the University of Illinois Police Department, retired in late June after serving as METCAD director for about five years.
URBANA – Urbana city council members want to know more details about chances of a high-speed Internet service in Champaign-Urbana.
URBANA – Mayor Laurel Prussing is interested in the possibility of a city-operated broadband Internet service in Urbana.
Council members will discuss the issue, but take no action, at their meeting set for 7 p.m. Monday at the council chambers, 400 S. Vine St., U.
URBANA – The traffic signals at 25 intersections in Champaign-Urbana are about to get a timing makeover aimed at reducing traffic accidents.
The young woman on the cell phone didn't even slow down as she passed Bottenfield Elementary School, even though the crossing guard was already in the middle of Prospect Avenue.
She drove past the school, easily going faster than 20 mph, said Bottenfield parent Leeann Stack, who watched the woman continue her conversation as she drove past the crossing guard last week.
HOOPESTON – For more than 30 years, Delores Crabtree has been a major organizer of the National Sweetcorn Festival's Sweetheart Pageant, a local event that has grown into a training ground for Miss America hopefuls from across the nation.
CHAMPAIGN – Donation bins overflow, shelves are stocked with food, the place is definitely spiffier – and the line of people needing help is longer than ever.
That's what a little extreme TV exposure can do.
CHAMPAIGN – Video-game sales have dropped dramatically this year, and Champaign-based Volition Inc. isn't immune to the falloff.
From March through July, industry sales were down every month compared with the same month last year, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing sales data from market research firm The NPD Group. July sales were down 29 percent from a year ago.