UI will use grant from ADM to help in fight against hunger

The University of Illinois will use $10 million from Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland Wednesday to fight world hunger through the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss.

Gov. Pat Quinn hailed the move at an Illini Union reception Wednesday.

ADM pledges $10 million to UI

Archer Daniels Midland Company announced a gift Wednesday to the University of Illinois of $10 million over five years to create the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss.

Gov. Pat Quinn hailed the move at an Illini Union reception.

Interim Vice Chancellor Steve Sonka, who previously led the UI's soybean research, will be the director.

Danville council approves billboard request

DANVILLE – The city council unanimously supported Tuesday night granting Lamar Advertising a special-use permit to build what will be the city's first digital billboard.

Sale of Champaign company 'good fit' with new global owner

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign company that analyzes and tests nutritional supplements has been sold to a British-based company with operations worldwide.

American Analytical Chemistry Laboratories Corp., which employs 23 people in the Mattis Commercial Park on Champaign's west side, has been acquired by Intertek Group, which operates in more than 100 countries.

More sign-ups needed for wireless Web service in Broadlands

BROADLANDS – Mayor Matt Buffington is still working to bring Internet to Broadlands.

Earlier this month, the village sent residents information advising them of SpeedNet Wireless Internet Service options for the community.

The current cost for this service is $99 for installation and $35 or $45 a month for service depending on the package the resident selects.

State audit flags computer-access issues at UI

The University of Illinois did not keep adequate control over computer access, allowing 26 terminated employees to retain critical sign-ons, a state audit said Wednesday.

The UI, in its response contained in the audit, acknowledged the problem had existed but said that new policies and procedures to correct it became effective in February 2010.

N-G, WDWS phone service back

Telephone service has been restored to The News-Gazette and WDWS.

At about 3 p.m. today, phone service was temporarily out of order at The News-Gazette office, as well as at NewsTalk 1400 WDWS, Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS and U-Rock WUIL. We were updating phone equipment and the work is now completed.

Elevator operator last of his kind in Danville

DANVILLE – Manning the elevator at the Adams Building in downtown Danville made Daniel Coffey a celebrity, he said, but what he will miss most are those who've worked in the century-old building with him.

Champaign turbine draws no complaints, unlike Urbana proposal

CHAMPAIGN – A new accent on the horizon in northwest Champaign has not drawn any complaints, its builders say, and should save $40,000 annually on Midwest Underground Technology's energy bills.

UI turbine still faces uncertainty

URBANA – Unanticipated costs and unanswered questions have created the potential for a bigger price tag on the University of Illinois' wind turbine project, and officials will wait at least until March to get approval from the school's board of trustees.