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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.