URBANA – Virtually the entire University of Illinois Global Campus staff, which services about 500 students in the online education program, has been notified of layoffs.
Meanwhile, the leader of Global Campus has moved back to faculty status but retains the $344,850 salary he earned as administrator, at least for the next year.
Baseball has been a constant over the years, bringing joy to generations. It's the conversation co-workers have at the water cooler. It's the Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field. It's important. For some it is a passion.
That's how Savoy resident Robby Cekander sees it, and that passion is what made him – with the help of his wife, Shelly – decide to take on a huge project.
About a year ago, Cekander approached the village about building a baseball diamond in Prairie Fields Park. At that time, village staff told him that even though Savoy eventually planned to build a diamond at that location, there was no funding for such a project.
CHAMPAIGN – Apartment buildings on the University of Illinois campus are filling up – but landlords say in many cases, it's taking longer to lease them out and requiring a few discounts.
Last year's opening of high-rise apartment complexes on Green Street and Springfield Avenue boosted the number of units available on campus. And this year and last, landlords felt the effects.
DECATUR – You've been to every Farm Progress Show since you could wear overalls.
This is your first time going to one of the biggest agricultural events in the Midwest.
You're looking for something different to do.
Thorntons is planning to open another gas station and convenience store in the Champaign-Urbana area.
A building permit was recently issued in Champaign for $750,000 of work at the site of the former Kirby Tire & Service Center at 101 S. Mattis Ave.
"You win without going around blowing up about it and bragging about it, and you can lose without crying about it. Then you say, 'Well, let's start all over again.'" – Harold "Red" Grange on playing football
If not for the threat of a few whacks on the butt with a paddle from his fraternity brothers, Harold Grange might never have tried out for the University of Illinois football team. At about 160 pounds, he'd looked around at the other students trying out, decided he'd never make it and went home. But his frat brothers felt differently, and they let him know it.
To get ready for this trip to Greece and the Aegean Islands, I lost 10 pounds and used the treadmill for two months because I was told that there would be a lot of walking and climbing.
I should have added four months to my exercise program. There is noting handicapped accessible about the climbs that are needed to see the historic sites at the tops of the mountains.
Q: How did you get the art commission for the "Extreme Makeover" house in Philo?
A: The Urbana Business Association contacted me last week and said they gave my name to the show as 'an extreme quilter.' My name was then given to someone else and then another person. Last Thursday the design producer contacted me about doing some art for the show.
CHAMPAIGN – Chicago jazz saxophonist Dudley Owens and his band will take a break from the Chicago Jazz Festival to travel to Champaign to perform at Cafe Luna from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.
The 30-year-old Owens is a composer and a performer whose Tin Pan Alley jazz was inspired by jazz legends Charlie Parker, Branford Marsalis and Ron Carter.
DANVILLE – When Alan Wait went to the dentist, he never dreamed it would lead to being in yet another band.
That was the day he met Dr. Randal Ashton and was invited to join a group he was putting together.
Ashton first played locally when asked to get a group together for the Spring Fling at the First Presbyterian Church around 1996. The group has morphed a few times since then, but Wait is still involved.