UI getting more advanced alert 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.

Wind farm will sell some energy to co-op consortium

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.

Effort under way to digitize yearbooks

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

Speaker challenges Danville to train workers for future skills

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.

Schlarman to have language study available online

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.

UI prof wins $500,000 award

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.

Firm seeks to build wind farm in Vermilion, Champaign counties

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.

Stephens honored as entrepreneur of the year

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."

Isotech acquisition won't change local presence

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.

Deere, iCyt plan expansion in new phase of UI Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — The first building in the newest phase of the University of Illinois Research Park could go up by the end of the year.