Academy High sets tuition at $15,800 per year

CHAMPAIGN — Good grades aren't all prospective students will need to be accepted into Champaign's new, independent high school.

Three days before Academy High's application period opens for interested eighth- and ninth-graders, school officials unveiled the annual tuition figure: $15,800.

Fed chair says rate hike likely this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the central bank has no "fixed timetable" for raising interest rates, but she believes the economy is ready for a rate hike by the end of the year.

Area history, Sept. 29, 2016

Today is Thursday, Sept. 28, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Urbana's Madigan calls on incumbent Bennett to embrace legislative reforms

CHAMPAIGN — Republican Mike Madigan, running an uphill race in the 52nd Illinois Senate District against Democratic Sen. Scott Bennett, called on Bennett to embrace a number of legislative reforms Wednesday, including ending legislative pensions and lifetime health care and requiring lawmakers to post their office expenses on their websites.

Three things Wells Fargo customers should do

NEW YORK — Attention, Wells Fargo customers: It's time to sit down and make sure no funny business went on with your accounts.

Wells Fargo, which has been fined $185 million by regulators who said bank employees opened millions of unauthorized accounts to meet sales goals, has promised to contact all customers and invite them to review their accounts.

Jim Dey: Journalism professor's death offers learning opportunity

The recent death of former University of Illinois journalism Professor William Gaines is a sad reminder of two important realities — one affecting the public and the other investigators everywhere.

Although his name may not ring a bell, Gaines was one of this country's great investigative reporters. He won two Pulitzer Prizes during his nearly 40-year career at the Chicago Tribune.

State employees will see new name on new benefits website

SPRINGFIELD — State employees will be seeing a new name on information they're being mailed about their new online benefits website.

Morneau Shepell, a Canadian outsourcing and consulting company, is the vendor helping the state establish the new benefits website, according to Illinois Department of Central Management Services spokeswoman Meredith Krantz.

Just 1 Question: Urbana High School opportunities

Winning a national award is a big deal for most that walk the halls at Urbana High School each day.

But it wasn't a big surprise, either.

No shortage of help bringing in crop for injured Newman farmer

NEWMAN — When he had received word that local farmer Dave Young was injured during an accident that would prevent him from harvesting his crop, Douglas County Farm Bureau manager Tyler Harvey began brainstorming ways to help out.

"Having grown up on a farm, you never want to see a situation where someone can't take out their crop for harvest," Harvey said.

This day in history, Sept. 29, 2016

Today is Thursday, Sept. 29, the 273rd day of 2016. There are 93 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history:

On Sept. 29, 1789, the U.S. War Department established a regular army with the strength of several hundred men.

On this date: