Bill would give alumni group five UI trustee appointments

SPRINGFIELD — The power to make appointments to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees — now solely the province of the governor — would have to be shared, under legislation approved Tuesday by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Updated: Danville school candidates answer questions at first forum

Updated 9:39 p.m. Tuesday.

DANVILLE — The nine Danville school board candidates weighed in on a variety of questions on funding, learning and community involvement at the first of three candidates' forums on Tuesday evening.

Villa Grove OKs limited sports co-op with Heritage

VILLA GROVE — The Villa Grove school board on Monday approved a limited co-op with some sports to be shared with the Heritage school district.

While a majority of the Villa Grove board supports a full co-op, some members said they wanted more information before reaching that decision.

Election 2013: Urbana school candidates

Because the Urbana school board last year adjusted the boundaries of the subdistricts from which board members are elected, all seven school board members are up for re-election April 9.

All seven incumbents are running, but only one race is contested, as Regina Parnell takes on incumbent Ruth Ann Fisher.

Election 2013: Westville school candidates

WESTVILLE — Five candidates and a write-in candidate will seek three four-year seats on the Westville School Board to help guide the school district through some challenging financial times.

High school project pulled from Danville council agenda

DANVILLE - Aldermen will not be voting Tuesday night on a $980,000 project for campus improvements at Danville High School, because it was removed from the city council's agenda on Monday.

UI, Mayo get $2.2 million for research on ultrasound, breast cancer diagnosis

URBANA — When something suspicious turns up on a standard mammogram, an ultrasound can be used to provide a few more clues about how dangerous it might be.

Election 2013: Catlin school candidates

CATLIN — School officials will have to deal with financial and personnel issues in the upcoming year.

Five candidates will run for four seats on the Catlin School Board in the April 9 election.

Incumbents Jim Chandler and Tricia Keith will run against challengers Dale Dutton, Travis Pearman and Andrea Van Leer for the four seats.

Bar association: Restrict law school loans, redo curricula

CHAMPAIGN — An Illinois Bar Association report says government lending restrictions and a reordering of law school curricula are the best ways to control the growing debt load that law students face.

The report, issued last week after a series of hearings around the state, recommends that:

Election 2013: Georgetown-Ridge Farm school candidates

GEORGETOWN — The school district is going through some financial challenges, but six candidates are seeking four seats on the school board to try to help continue to guide it into better times.

Three four-year seats on the Georgetown-Ridge Farm School Board will be up for election on April 9, as will one two-year seat.