Chicago, Comcast offer low-income students subsidized computers, Internet

The program will give the families of students who get free lunches in Chicago's public schools vouchers for subsidized computers for $149.99 plus tax and high-speed Internet access for $9.95 per month plus tax.

Smart grid tapped to inspire alternative energy sources

With a smart, self-healing electric distribution system in place, the Chicago suburb's public utilities department is using a federal grant to build a secure advanced metering infrastructure.