The website OpenSecrets.org used the NCAA basketball tournament to highlight the amount of money colleges and universities spend on lobbying in Washington.
The winner of its fifth annual "K Street Classic" is the University of California, which spent $740,000 on lobbying in 2012, easily defeating runner-up University of Pittsburgh at $540,000.
CHAMPAIGN — The school district will have a new executive director for business services next year, but the person hired is a familiar face.
The Champaign school board voted unanimously at its Monday meeting to hire current Bottenfield Elementary Principal Matt Foster to fill the business position starting July 1. He replaces late Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas, who died in June.
FISHER — They may not live on a farm now, but Brad and Paula Zwilling each grew up on farms and hope one day to own their own small livestock operation.
While they're working to make that happen, they are also passionately promoting agriculture through both their paid and volunteer work.
THOMASBORO — Cuts in sports and personnel are in the offing at Thomasboro Grade School.
The school board agreed to pare the number of sports offerings — in part due to low participation numbers — and several staff positions, partly due to questions over the availability of federal funds for the 2013-14 school year.
For Larkin Armstrong, a Champaign first-grader who has special needs, spending time with her classmates without disabilities at school means they recognize her in the grocery store or around town as just another student who wants to learn.
DANVILLE — Voters got another chance to get to know the Danville school board candidates and their stance on a variety of issues at a second candidates' forum on Saturday.
Three candidates are running for two open seats on the Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees in the April 9 consolidated election. The winners will serve a six-year term.
Here's a look at the candidates and their stance on funding and academic issues.
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URBANA — University Laboratory High School in Urbana has rescheduled its annual gala for April 14, and is calling it the Uni Gargoyle Auction and Marketplace.
The event is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. that Sunday at the school's gym at 1212 W. Springfield Ave., U.
It's open to the public, and proceeds will be used to support the school's faculty.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board Monday will consider a contract extension for Superintendent Judy Wiegand, vote on a request for several new faculty and staff members next year and hear a report about next year's projected budget.
Several local school districts are among those whose financial rankings have gone down as a result of tough economic times, even after being adjusted for delays in state payments.
The Illinois State Board of Education's annual financial profile of the state's public schools was released during its monthly board meeting Wednesday.