Although the University of Illinois just enrolled the largest freshman class in its history, the number of minority students dropped significantly from a year ago.
There are 410 black students in the freshman class this year, down almost 200 from 2003. It was the smallest black freshman enrollment in at least the past decade, according to the Office of Admissions and Records.
Hoping to halt the explosive growth in the number of methamphetamine manufacturers and addicts in Illinois, a team of lawmakers is looking to area communities for help.
The House Republican Meth Crisis Task Force was launched this summer and scheduled hearings around the state, including one in Monticello earlier this month. The final hearing is set for 10 a.m. Thursday in Danville at the Vermilion County Courthouse Annex, second floor.
When Carla Caceres got the e-mail asking for her Social Security number because she was being considered for a presidential award, but no other information could be revealed, her first thought was: Internet scam.
Good thing the University of Illinois animal biology professor decided to check out the message rather than simply delete it.
Food news! Maid-Rite, an Iowa fast-food chain that stakes its fame on its "loose meat sandwich," says it wants to open one of its restaurants in Champaign soon.
But first, the company has to line up a franchisee for the area and choose a piece of ground.
Save for a sore leg, Philo farmer Tom Kleiss escaped relatively unscathed from his ATV accident.
But many farmers are not so lucky.
When I did a story last month about a woman working for the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Re- search Lab in Champaign heading back for her second tour of duty in Iraq, I picked up a reader there.
Army Capt. Heath Carr of Champaign saw the article's Web version and wondered, in an e-mail message, whether I'd be interested in his story. I was.
CHAMPAIGN – Lindsay Lupton's job as an assistant store manager at Market Place Mall doesn't lend itself to conventional child care.
She's in charge of opening and closing the store, and is frequently called in when other workers don't show up.
Geoff Witter is a cash-and-carry kind of guy.
After filing for bankruptcy 14 months ago, which cleared him of more than $10,000 of credit card debt, he cut up his cards and now pays cash for anything he buys.
CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois Professor Milton Feng and his colleagues founded Xindium Technolo- gies in 2001, hoping to revolutionize the communications world with the indium phosphide chip.
They initially targeted the fiber optics market and later decided the technology was better suited for power amplifiers in mobile phones.
CHAMPAIGN – The Purdue Marching Band will make a stop today at Mount Hope Cemetery.
"I wanted to look up my mother," says William D. Kisinger, a Champaign native and Marching Illini alumnus who has helped direct Purdue's band since 1969.