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Top of the Morning, Feb. 18, 2018

Recording artist Chris Leamy, whose #HePlaysForMe project has drawn national attention, will get some help today from Centennial High's choir. Wearing #TheySingForMe T-shirts, the kids from Champaign will team with Leamy at the Bowery Mission in New York City.

Central High property plans have Church Street family in limbo

CHAMPAIGN — When Deb and Tim Bowers bought their West Church Street home in April 2006, they were convinced it was where they'd grow old together.

Ballot breakdown: High school basketball, Feb. 7, 2018

A look at how News-Gazette prep sports coordinator — and Associated Press voting member — COLIN LIKAS' high school basketball polls compared to those of the AP:

COLIN'S TOP 10: Class 4A boys


1. Simeon 1

2. Curie 2

3. Belleville West 3

4. Danville 4

5. Normal West 10

Girls' basketball: Setting the stage for title game night

Eight area small-school girls' basketball teams are set to make their postseason debut tonight in regional semifinal games before Thursday's regional title games. Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS provides a glance:

Class 2A Reed-Custer Regional

No. 2 PBL Panthers (19-7)

Girls' basketball: Let the postseason journey begin

The girls' basketball postseason tips off today. Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS takes a capsule look at the 18 small-school teams who are slated to play today:

Class 2A St. Thomas More Regional

No. 9. Argenta-Oreana Bombers (10-17)

N-G Top 10: Girls' basketball

The postseason is upon our small-school programs, while the big-school teams are entering the final week of the regular season. Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS offers up his latest rankings:


1. Schlarman 26-1 1 Capria Brown and the Hilltoppers are on a 12-game win streak and will face either Tri-Point or St. Anne in a regional semifinal.

Tom Kacich: Rose places emphasis on higher education

There was a bit of role reversal last week at a meeting of the Illinois Senate Higher Education Committee. Instead of college and university officials being told by senators what they should be doing or what they're doing wrong, there were appeals for ideas, information, suggestions from two senators who are on a separate higher education working group.

That's a wrap? Olympic medalist is finding new ways to win

CHAMPAIGN — Katherine Reutter-Adamek may watch the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Or maybe not.

N-G Top 10: Wrestling

The regular season is now in the rearview mirror, so preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS stops by with his ranks before the postseason begins Saturday:


1. Clinton 1 Class 1A, ClintonAmong those at the Maroons' regional is Olympia, who bested Clinton for a regional crown last season.

Beyond the Blueprints: Centennial's $63.3 million makeover

A new, occasional series looking at what's ahead for Unit 4 schools, by News-Gazette education reporter LYNDSAY JONES. TODAY: Centennial High's $63.3 million makeover.

There's a phrase architects from Perkins + Will and IGW said guided them as they planned the $63.3 million renovation of Champaign Centennial High School: "functional organization."