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Centennial grad Dill chosen as Champaign County's newest judge

URBANA — A former Champaign County prosecutor has been chosen as Champaign County’s newest associate judge.

Presiding Judge Tom Difanis confirmed Tuesday that Adam Dill, 40, of Monticello, has been selected from a field of 22 applicants to fill Holly Clemons’ seat. She’s retiring July 7. Dill will be sworn in July 10.

Meet the first team

Emma Blomberg
D, Jr., St. Thomas More

Why she made the team: Blomberg has started all but one game over the last three seasons as the Sabers have compiled 26 shutouts. The fastest player on the team is also a talented forward, where she plays for her club team, but she's too valuable on the back line for coach James Johnson to move her.

PODCAST: Dr. Pedro Noguera on America's schools

PODCAST: Dr. Pedro Noguera on America's schools: Play now!

Renown education scholar Dr. Pedro Noguera was the keynote speaker at Unit 4's 2nd Annual Minority Recruitment and Retention Retreat on Friday in Champaign. He visited with Scott Beatty to discuss the state of U.S. schools.


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Authorities think speed a factor in east Urbana crash that injured 2 teens

URBANA — Sheriff's authorities think speed was probably a factor in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday that injured two Urbana teens.

Champaign County Sheriff's Lt. Brian Mennenga said the crash happened about 2:30 p.m. in the 3800 block of East Washington Street, east of Illinois 130, and involved a Toyota pickup truck.

Scott Richey: Play for the recruiting edge


This week: The Big Ten's best are pretty well known — your Miles Bridges and Ethan Happs of the world. But there's always some player that bursts onto the scene (think D.J. Wilson in 2016-17). Here's 10 candidates for such a leap this coming season:

De'Ron Davis, 6-10, F, Indiana

Welcome Matt: June 12, 2017

Each Monday, sports editor Matt Daniels gets your morning kick-started with that to expect this week from The News-Gazette.


PODCAST: Dr. Judy Wiegand, outgoing Unit 4 School superintendent

PODCAST: Dr. Judy Wiegand, outgoing Unit 4 School superintendent: Play now!

Dr. Judy Wiegand retires as superintendent of Unit 4 schools in Champaign on June 30. She reflects on her career and the challenges for education now.


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Waukegan High School principal chosen to lead Centennial

CHAMPAIGN — When Centennial High School students return this fall, they’ll be greeted by a Purple Heart-winning new principal.

On Monday night, the Unit 4 school board unanimously voted to appoint Brian Riegler as Greg Johnson's successor at Centennial.

Top of the Morning, May 23, 2017

The participation in #LiveLikeLuke fundraisers continues to spotlight the good in so many area high school students, coaches and parents.

Dismissal of Champaign schools' facilities director draws protest

CHAMPAIGN — More than 100 people turned out for Monday night's Champaign school board meeting at the Mellon Administration Building, with many of them protesting the district's decision to dismiss Tim Popovich as director of facilities.

About 60 people also picketed outside the building prior to Monday's school board meeting.