University of Illinois
By AMELIA BENNER
The Mahomet Citizen
MAHOMET — The village board has appointed a new police chief.
CHAMPAIGN — If a new technology developed by Paul Braun and his team gets adopted by industry, it may take only minutes to charge your laptop, instead of an hour or so.
Braun, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois, has come up with a faster way to charge batteries.
URBANA — With inaction in Springfield causing a funding drop for its scientific surveys, the University of Illinois is taking responsibility for funding the Prairie Research Institute.
The temporary shortfall amounts to $15.8 million in fiscal 2012.
URBANA — Primary-care physicians could be using a handheld device that combines the functions of several tools at once, all linked to massive data storage, within the decade.
The National Institutes of Health have awarded a team led by the University of Illinois $5 million over five years — with a renewal options — to improve the UI's optical tomography tool.
Welcome back, students.
If you're new to town or it's been a while since you've strolled down Green Street or since you've read about what's been happened in recent months in Champaign-Urbana, here's a roundup of what you may have missed.
CHAMPAIGN — Take that, Dairy Farmers of Ontario.
On Friday, the University of Illinois broke the record for the world's largest smoothie. And an adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to verify the results and present the certificate to university representatives.
CHAMPAIGN — Police say alcohol was a factor in an attack on a University of Illinois student whose head was bashed on concrete pavement early Thursday on campus.
Andrew E. Brewer, 20, of Mahomet, was charged Thursday with aggravated battery and remained in the county jail Friday in lieu of $150,000 bond.
URBANA — Kindly Alma Mater has 58,599 "likes" on Facebook as of Thursday, and the first day of classes hasn't even hit yet.
The popular statue has welcomed University of Illinois students since 1929. Abreast of the times, her social-networking even includes a Twitter account.
Updated 9:10 p.m.
URBANA — The Champaign County Board is now on record in support of Midwest high-speed rail, calling on Congress to “include a program to develop an integrated network of high-speed trains and expanded Amtrak service in the upcoming transportation authorization.”
URBANA — University of Illinois officials are encouraging residents of Champaign-Urbana to avoid driving on campus Thursday — even if they work there.