FutureGen shift brings rift between Johnson, Durbin

WASHINGTON – Last week's announcement that Coles County would have a reduced role in the FutureGen energy project has opened a major rift between U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana.

Team gets in-person view of needs of those using prosthetic arms

CHAMPAIGN – A team designing low-cost prosthetic arms for people in developing countries got a firsthand view of their needs during a 10-day trip to Guatemala in July.

Company asks for application fee refund from Gibson City

GIBSON CITY – Eco Manufacturing, which announced that Gibson City was its preferred site for a plasma gasification plant in February, has now asked for a refund of its application fee.

Council members voted unanimously at Monday night's meeting to refund $15,737 of the $20,000 that Eco paid in April under the town's pollution control facility siting ordinance.

Focus on Big Broadband is 2013 deadline, then expansion of network

CHAMPAIGN – Big Broadband organizers Tuesday night updated the city council on plans for implementing a nearly $30 million infrastructure for high-speed Internet in underserved areas of Champaign-Urbana.

More broadband details coming at Champaign council study session

CHAMPAIGN – Local officials are ready to unveil more details on the Big Broadband project that is intended to provide high-speed Internet to underserved areas in Champaign-Urbana.

Consolidated Communications' income down for quarter

MATTOON – Mattoon-based Consolidated Communications Holdings reported net income of $7.05 million for the quarter that ended June 30, down 6 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

That resulted in diluted net income of 24 cents per share, compared with 25 cents per share a year ago.

Change in Mattoon's FutureGen role has area politicians steamed

MATTOON – A significantly revised FutureGen plan was lauded Thursday by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., but sharply criticized by area Republican officials.

The new proposal, called FutureGen 2.0, no longer includes construction of a state-of-the-art coal-gasification plant on a rural site west of Mattoon.

UI institute helps area educators take nanotechnology to classrooms

URBANA – Usually the stuff of "clean" rooms and laboratories and studied by university research professors, nanotechnology is making its way to the classroom.

To the middle school and high school classroom, that is, thanks to a summer institute for teachers being held at the University of Illinois.

Remember to get rid of sensitive data before recycling hard drive

CHAMPAIGN – So you're getting ready for the electronics recycling event this Saturday in Champaign and you've got that old computer from the closet that you're finally going to get rid of.

Hold on there.

Two weeks left for businesses to take part in entrepreneur opportunities

CHAMPAIGN – Local businesses have only about two more weeks to take advantage of two opportunities offered by the Illini Entrepreneurship Center Network.

– High-growth companies in East Central Illinois have until Aug. 15 to apply for challenge grant awards of up to $5,000 for professional services.

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