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Urbana school board to vote on demoting admins placed on leave

Former Superintendent Don Owen and assistant superintendents Kathy Barbour and Samuel Byndom are listed on the agenda for a vote to not renew any of their employee contracts. All three would be reassigned to a 'licensed teaching position' for the 2019-20 school year.

Urbana school board to vote on demoting admins placed on leave
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Frank's Faves: Actors and actresses who have never won an Oscar

Frank's Faves: Actors and actresses who have never won an Oscar

There are an awful lot of exceptional actors and actresses who have never made that long, happy stroll to the acceptance podium — and many more who never will.

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What's old is new again in Station Theatre's 'Doll's House, Part 2'

What's old is new again in Station Theatre's 'Doll's House, Part 2'

In this installment, Nora Helmer is returning home after closing the door on her life with her husband, Torvald, and their three children 15 years earlier.

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Nightlife listings, Feb. 21-28, 2019

Bands, comedians, trivia, DJs and more. Here's your guide to a night on the town.

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2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 19

2018-19 High School Confidential: Week 19

This week's report from the hallways, courtesy our 38 student writers

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Thu, 02/21/2019 - 7:15pm

Champaign man gets probation for exposing himself to woman in Savoy

Champaign man gets probation for exposing himself to woman in Savoy

Joe Phelps Jr., 27, was also ordered to get a sex-offender evaluation after pleading guilty Thursday to one count of misdemeanor public indecency.


Thu, 02/21/2019 - 1:32pm

SJ-O sendoff (photo)

On the heels of a surprise sendoff from classmates on Thursday morning, the state-bound girls' basketball team at St. Joseph-Ogden posed for pictures aboard a school bus bound for Normal. The Spartans, in the IHSA Final Four for the first time, meet Teutopolis at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Redbird Arena.

 

SJ-O sendoff


Thu, 02/21/2019 - 7:00am

Christensen's lawyers ask to delay start of trial to July 1

Christensen's lawyers ask to delay start of trial to July 1

After their request to delay his trial to October was denied last week, the attorneys said they have found a new psychiatrist who could be ready for trial to begin this summer.


Thu, 02/21/2019 - 7:00am

Longtime UI donors announce uniquely sustainable gift

Longtime UI donors announce uniquely sustainable gift

Retired Caterpillar executive Stuart Levenick — a 1976 UI forestry graduate and former co-captain of the Illini football team — and his wife, Nancy, are funding an endowed faculty position and a resident scholars program to promote education, research and leadership in sustainability.


Thu, 02/21/2019 - 7:00am

Early voting for April 2 municipal election begins today

Early voting for April 2 municipal election begins today

Through March 26, the first opportunity will be at one Champaign County location only — the county clerk's office in Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington St., U.


Thu, 02/21/2019 - 7:00am

UI president finds lots to like in Pritzker's budget plan

UI president finds lots to like in Pritzker's budget plan

'We're really happy to see the resolute attention to an investment strategy in higher education,' Tim Killeen told News-Gazette Media on Wednesday. 'It's turning the tide after 20 years of less favorable budgets.'


Thu, 02/21/2019 - 7:00am

Pritzker picks UI grad to head Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Pritzker picks UI grad to head Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Iroquois County native Colleen Callahan — a woman with deep roots in agriculture, politics and the UI — is one of three Cabinet directors the governor nominated Tuesday.


Thu, 02/21/2019 - 7:00am

Milford man gets 44 years for murder in restaurant owner's 2016 death

Milford man gets 44 years for murder in restaurant owner's 2016 death

Iroquois County Circuit Court records show that Judge James Kinzer sentenced Randy E. White, 22, during a pretrial hearing after White pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed violence as part of a plea agreement.


 
 

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