UI student uses memory of summer job to devise solar-powered watering system

URBANA — During his high school days, Trey Ward had a summer job watering municipal flower beds in Hinsdale.

Three days a week, he traveled around town with a tank holding hundreds of gallons of water, making sure planters got their fill.

To Ward, it seemed "a huge waste of municipal funds."

Fundraiser set for community technology

CHAMPAIGN — A fundraiser this weekend will help support community technology.

Cellphone company proposes tower at UHS athletic complex

URBANA — A proposal to put a 150-foot cell tower at the Urbana High School athletic complex has raised concerns in the neighborhood around the school.

U.S. Cellular has proposed putting the tower at the athletic complex to improve its wireless service in Urbana. It would pay about $1,600 per month to the Urbana school district to lease the tower.

Senators have reservations on wind power proposal

SPRINGFIELD — Counties would be limited in some of the restrictions they could place on small, non-commercial wind turbines under a bill that cleared a Senate committee Thursday.

UI gets $6 million for cloud-computing research

The University of Illinois is getting $6 million from the U.S. Air Force to create a center that could revolutionize shared computer resources called "cloud computing."

The University Center of Excellence in Assured Cloud Computing was established Thursday by the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Urbana campus.

UI scraps Urbana wind turbine in wake of costs, opposition

URBANA -- After more than seven years of wavering, University of Illinois officials have decided to kill a proposal to build a 400-foot wind turbine just south of the city limits.

UI senate sends 'strongest disapproval' over IT reorganization

URBANA -- Urbana's academic senate Monday went with a strongly worded complaint about centralizing information technology, despite several attempts to soften the tone.

Aviation, IT policies may get another vote

URBANA — At a meeting that wasn't supposed to be necessary, the Institute of Aviation could come up for a second senate vote. Even if it doesn't, the agenda promises to result in a lengthy meeting.

Outage in downtown is fixed

Updated 4:50 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN -- Power is back on after being out for about three hours in some downtown Champaign buildings.

The outage, reported at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, affected 154 customers in a four-block area of downtown, according to Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris.

Founder leaves Volition

CHAMPAIGN -- The founder and president of Volition Inc. is leaving the company.

Mike Kulas told employees last week he is stepping down after 18 years with the Champaign-based video game design firm and its predecessor, Parallax Software. His last day will be Monday.