Due to a rise in demand for youth programming, Parkland College will offer several short courses and workshops for children this spring as part of its community education program.
Classes range from learning about thunderstorms to beadmaking, Google SketchUp 3-D software to icing cookies. Most are one-day workshops held on Saturdays, but there are some classes on Tuesday evenings.
Hopkins' first spacewalk is set for this Saturday
Illinois' favorite astronaut will strap on a spacesuit and go for a 6-hour walk outside of the International Space Station on Saturday.
PEORIA — Three of the four Republican candidates for Illinois governor — state Sens. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa — have agreed to participate in a televised debate on Jan. 23, hosted by four Illinois public broadcasters and the League of Women Voters of Illinois.
There's been some excitement in local political circles that the 13th Congressional District, which includes Champaign-Urbana, could make history next year and elect a female U.S. representative — either Republican Erika Harold of Urbana or Democrat Ann Callis of Edwardsville. They're both on the primary election ballot.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The two winning Mega Millions tickets were sold in California and Georgia, lottery officials said Wednesday.<
Something to get you going, courtesy of executive editor Jim Rossow.
Reason to celebrate in Gifford
The plaque is in the school's trophy case, next to a bunch of other awards won by teams at Gifford Grade School.
But this one stands out.
URBANA — A former Rantoul Township High School music teacher and band director will be served with a summons to appear in court Jan. 14 to be arraigned on two felony charges in connection with some photos he allegedly sent to a minor.
PAXTON — The school board made plans last week to hire a new high school principal by early March, while extending the deadline for candidates to apply until the end of January.
Superintendent Cliff McClure said the school district received 27 applications for the job being vacated Dec. 31 because PBL High School Principal Trent Eshleman is resigning.
VILLA GROVE — The school district has been chosen as a pilot school for the new Partnership Assessment Readiness for College and Career testing program.
The test will be replacing the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, better known as ISAT, for grades 3 through 11 starting next year. Villa Grove has been chosen as a pilot site for grades 5, 7 and 9 this year.
FISHER — The school board has approved its 2014 tax levy. At $5.607 million, the levy is a 10 percent increase over this year. But tax caps limit it to a 1.7 percent increase based on the consumer price increase.
Superintendent Barb Thompson anticipates a tax rate of up to $5.25 compared with last year's $5.20.