Adalberto Toledo

Adalberto Toledo

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.

Champaign council OKs agreements on South Side, McKinley Field projects

CHAMPAIGN — At their last meeting of the year Tuesday, city council members unanimously signed off on agreements with the Unit 4 school district concerning projects at McKinley Field and South Side Elementary School, part of the district's $183.4 million referendum work to revamp aging facilities.

Preservation issues guide Urbana council's votes on solar farm, rezoning

URBANA — In their last meeting of the year, members of the Urbana City Council voted on ordinances that — as so often happens in Urbana — brought up concerns around preservation.

'Violence interrupters' get first training in effort to help curb shootings

With one of the deadliest years on record about to come to a close, a group of about three dozen community members are taking steps they hope will make Champaign-Urbana a less violent place to call home in 2019.

Urbana Fire Department joins Champaign among top rated in nation

URBANA — For fire departments, earning a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office is the dream. The inspections are so rigorous that this year, just 305 of the more than 46,000 departments certified by the agency across the country earned that designation.

Mental-health counselor to community coalition: Find gaps in resources

CHAMPAIGN — The latest meeting of the Champaign Community Coalition featured a call from a mental-health counselor to find the gaps in existing resources aimed at helping people stay away from gun violence.

Costs take focus in Champaign council's discussion on ordinance violations

CHAMPAIGN — The city council's discussion on what to do with hundreds of ordinance-violation cases knocked down from the county courts did not go far Tuesday before members realized it wasn't going to be settled in one meeting.