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State education board exploring revamp of PARCC test after next use

In a letter, State Superintendent Tony Smith wrote about general changes, including making it computer-adaptive so the difficulty is measured by each answer a student gives per question and churning results back to schools faster.

State education board exploring revamp of PARCC test after next use
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Weekend Planner: Bird-watchers, unite

Weekend Planner: Bird-watchers, unite

Today's Great Backyard Bird Count at Anita Purves Nature Center in Urbana is a bird-lover's dream.

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Clergy Corner, Feb. 16, 2018

Clergy Corner, Feb. 16, 2018

A weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders. This week: Staff writer Tim Mitchell writes about a new book by the Rev. James P. McClarey, a longtime pastor at Champaign's First United Methodist.

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Office Hours with Aldo: Wendy Yang (w/ video)

Office Hours with Aldo: Wendy Yang (w/ video)

On Thursdays throughout the semester, staff writer Adalberto Toledo will book an appointment with a UI professor. Today: Wendy Yang, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Biology.

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Nightlife listings, Feb. 15-22, 2018

Nightlife listings, Feb. 15-22, 2018

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

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Sat, 02/17/2018 - 7:00am

Rose introduces bill to protect homeowners near retention ponds

Rose introduces bill to protect homeowners near retention ponds

Illinois Senate Bill 3085 is a response to an incident last year where a Barrington company called Nasty Joe's LLC bought two ponds in the Timberline Valley South subdivision in northwest Champaign without homeowners' knowledge.


Fri, 02/16/2018 - 7:05pm

Kraft Heinz installing new pasta dryer at Champaign plant

Kraft Heinz installing new pasta dryer at Champaign plant

The project, involving a large crane, will take about six months to complete, and will improve production of Kraft Mac & Cheese.



Sat, 02/17/2018 - 7:00am

Local unions plan talk on Supreme Court's pending ruling on 'fair share' fees

The free public event on the outcome of the Janus v. AFSCME case, which grew out of efforts by Gov. Bruce Rauner to halt the collection of fair-share fees by AFSCME, will be held at 1 p.m. at the Champaign Public Library.


Sat, 02/17/2018 - 6:00am

Top of the Morning, Feb. 17, 2018

Top of the Morning, Feb. 17, 2018

Urbana High trumpeter Payton Borich wowed the State Farm Center crowd with a rousing rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' to kick off Thursday's state wrestling tournament.


Fri, 02/16/2018 - 2:00pm

Tom's #Mailbag, Feb. 16, 2018

Tom's #Mailbag, Feb. 16, 2018

It's another Infrastructure Week at the mailbag. But unlike other infrastructure programs, this one is 100 percent funded and doesn't require an 80 percent local match.


Fri, 02/16/2018 - 7:17pm

Chicago man accused of selling drugs at Champaign convenience store

Chicago man accused of selling drugs at Champaign convenience store

Michael Nichols, 20, was charged Friday with manufacture or delivery of cocaine and possession with intent to deliver Ecstasy and cannabis.


Fri, 02/16/2018 - 7:12pm

UI sent letter about Unofficial to parents this week

UI sent letter about Unofficial to parents this week

The campus sends the letters each year to inform parents of UI students about the annual drinking holiday and urging them to talk to their children about it.


Fri, 02/16/2018 - 4:40pm

Lou Henson: Senior Hall of Famer

Lou Henson: Senior Hall of Famer

'It's great to get this honor. Most of these people, I know them personally. To come from them, it means a lot.'


 
 

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