Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

Champaign council set to vote on designating neighborhood as conservation district

CHAMPAIGN — Two heated plan commission meetings at the end of last year could be the deciding factor in the city council's planned vote Tuesday on a proposal to designate a west Champaign neighborhood as a conservation district.

Hopefuls for Urbana council's Ward 3 vacancy share views

We could find out as soon as today which of the five applicants Mayor DIANE MARLIN will tab to replace AARON AMMONS on the Urbana City Council.

Resident asks Champaign council for probe into claims

CHAMPAIGN — In what was a short but emotional meeting of the Champaign City Council on Monday, one Urbana resident wanted answers on alleged misconduct by law enforcement in the August 2015 arrest of Christopher Hansen.

Finalists make their case to fill Ammons' seat on Urbana council

URBANA — The search for Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons' replacement on the Urbana City Council is over, and Mayor Diane Marlin will decide Monday who will take his place and represent the city's majority-black Ward 3.

Eagle Scout delivers quite a blessing

CHAMPAIGN — Jaden Johnson, 16, is quiet as he puts the finishing touches on his Eagle Scout project.

Though surrounded by family, mentors and friends on the front lawn of CU Church, Johnson is focused solely on driving one last screw and completing his Blessing Box.

UI student to pursue international dreams with State Department scholarship

URBANA — Growing up in the small Moultrie County town of Sullivan (pop. 4,440), Paisley Meyer didn't have the same opportunities as many of her peers.

For UI's Graduate Student Organization, 2018 was a year of ups, downs

The image of chanting orange-clad grad students last spring is still fresh on everyone's mind after members of the Graduate Employees Organization secured a new contract in March following an 11-day strike.

Champaign begins certifying female-, minority-owned businesses

CHAMPAIGN — By the time noon arrived Friday, 15 owners, independent contractors and representatives from female- and minority-owned small businesses had been certified with the city, step one of a long-awaited project to diversify Champaign's list of contractors.

And the day was still young.

UI program aims to combat lack of computer-science teachers

URBANA — It's often hard to get a glimpse at how the sausage gets made when it comes to high school curricula. But an initiative started by the University of Illinois offers a glimpse into the burgeoning field of computer-science instruction in Illinois.

UI was 'fork-in-the-road moment' for Liberal Arts and Sciences graduation speaker

URBANA — A lot of Ankur Gopal's life has been about taking leaps of faith.

When he was in high school in Owensboro, Ky., he watched his friends stay close to home and comfortable surroundings as they headed to college.