Residents voice concerns over Vermilion turbine ordinance

DANVILLE - Two Rankin-area residents raised concerns to the Vermilion County Board on Tuesday night about whether the county's wind ordinance adequately protects the public's interests in regard to the wind farm that's planned for northwestern Vermilion County.

Tech recycler looks to build permanent presence

URBANA – An electronics recycling contractor that ran four one-day recycling events in Champaign last year is looking into establishing a permanent presence here.

2 townships give up zoning rights for wind project

DANVILLE – Two of three townships in Vermilion County where the Hoopeston wind project is being planned have agreed to waive their zoning process and allow the county to regulate the planned development.

Managers approve 10-year deal with Fox/Atkins

CHAMPAIGN – The governing board of the University of Illinois Research Park on Monday gave the green light to local development firm Fox/Atkins to continue to expand the university's technology park.

Comcast raising prices starting March 1

Most Comcast Cable customers throughout East Central Illinois will pay more for cable service beginning March 1.

UI professor named director of program

URBANA – An electrical engineering professor has been tapped to head the University of Illinois' program in trustworthy and available computing.

New ways to reach, hear from IRS

Want to check the status of your tax refund?

This year, you can check it a new way, on your smart phone.

In January, the IRS unveiled a smart phone application, IRS2Go, that lets people check on their refund and get daily tax tips.

Apple users can download the free app at the Apple App Store, while Android users can get it at the Android Market.

Stratton has history of success in tournament

CHAMPAIGN – Stratton Elementary School has sent four teams to the First Lego League state tournament since it began competing in the event in 2006. But this year is the first time the school has brought back a state trophy.

Make that two state trophies.

Lego teams, robots to be at library

Local First Lego League teams will be showing off their robots at a Lego Robotic Fun Day at the Champaign Public Library, at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

The teams will help children program and build a working Lego robot. The afternoon will also include engineering demonstrations and, for younger children, robot-themed stories.

Pavlov Media will merge with North Carolina firm

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign-based Pavlov Media has agreed to merge with North Carolina-based Wavelength Corp., with Wavelength becoming a Pavlov subsidiary, the companies announced this week.