Champaign Schools

Champaign Schools

Unit 4 school district agrees to buy family's house

CHAMPAIGN — Not long ago, the Champaign school board deemed the house at 617 W. Church St., C, unneeded for its plans.

But on Tuesday evening, the Unit 4 school district agreed to pay $298,000 and become that property's owner, ending a years-long state of "limbo" for Tim and Deb Bowers, the current owners.

Deb Bowers called the sale a relief.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 4-11, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


Champaign council OKs deal with school district for referendum work

CHAMPAIGN — The city council on Tuesday approved an agreement between the city and school district to facilitate Unit 4 construction projects, including specifics about the use of lights at a renovated McKinley Field.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2018


This weekend



Champaign district's summer program producing some real Goal Getters

CHAMPAIGN — Most high school students wouldn't sacrifice their Junes and Julys for anything. But for more than 30 Unit 4 students, Mondays and Tuesdays this summer were spent chanting together, eating together and learning leadership skills together.

Has violence turned off Friday night lights?

What's your opinion. Submit a Letter to the Editor here

The Champaign Central football team trickled into Tommy Stewart Fieldhouse at McKinley Field three Saturdays ago, hours before the sun rose to the smell of breakfast burritos.

Unit 4 contractor: Adjusting cost estimates ‘just kind of a part of what we do’

CHAMPAIGN — Keep the new Dr. Howard Elementary a two-strand school that could one day feel cramped if enrollment keeps trending up?

Or, add $1 million to the budgeted expense and transform it into a three-strand structure the student body likely won't outgrow?

Burnham Mansion stands no more: 'It is surreal in the most awful way'

CHAMPAIGN — On the final morning, there were no protests.

No one came with signs, no one chanted in dissent, no one held any demonstrations.

Instead, the handful of onlookers who gathered Tuesday to witness the final day of the Burnham Mansion stood quietly, some silently shaking their heads, others preoccupied with taking video on their phones.

Though Miss Illinois didn't make the cut, 'she did a wonderful job'

Centennial graduate Grace Khachaturian didn't make the cut at Sunday's Miss America contest in Atlantic City, N.J.

After preliminaries, which lasted throughout the last week, the 51 contestants were cut to 15 at the outset of the 8 p.m. show, and Miss Illinois' name wasn't called.

Family, friends mourn loss of 'a funny and respectful son'

CHAMPAIGN — When he was 8, David Sankey was the caretaker for his mother, who was dealing with breast cancer.

At 16, he was shot on the street, and the boy his family called "the comedian" was dead.