Updated: Wilson, Killeen look at how to lift AAUP censure

URBANA — Top University of Illinois officials are working to get the American Association of University Professors' censure of the Urbana campus lifted by next summer, though one longtime AAUP member doubts it can happen that quickly.

School won't comply with order regarding transgender student

PALATINE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago school district says it won't honor a federal ruling ordering it to let a transgender student into the locker room of the student's preferred gender.

Danville considers nighttime program at Bailey Academy

DANVILLE — As Danville Area Community College gets ready to launch a new program aimed at giving older Danville High School students a chance to get an education and land a good-paying job, Danville schools administrators are recommending adding another alternative education program to prevent more students from falling through the cracks.

Lecturer to discuss early migration

URBANA — The East Central Illinois Archaeology Society will present the talk "Ice Age America: First People in a New Land" by Tom Loebel at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Urbana Free Library Lewis Auditorium.

Vandalism to Tuscola rock didn't last long

TUSCOLA — The mammoth rock at the entrance to top-ranked Tuscola's football field was vandalized hours before the Warriors played their homecoming game Friday.

By kickoff, however, most of the damage had been repaired.

Changing jobs changed his life

CHAMPAIGN — As close as Donte Lotts can come to explaining why he once left a higher-paying job at Kraft to earn less money working with kids at the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club is this:

"I think it was God working in me," he recalled.

That new job, which he held during his Parkland College student years, also changed the course of his life.

Around the area, Oct. 13, 2015

Decorating, Davis, and park work

BEMENT: Sprucing up the village's appearance is high on Mayor Pat Tieman's list. He said a Christmas tree will be put up and decorated in Veterans Park, and he hopes a former tradition of stringing holiday lights downtown can be resurrected.

United Way happy with results of leased Unit 4 land

CHAMPAIGN — If Unit 4 doesn't have any use for it, the United Way would gladly renew its low-cost lease on 40 acres of farmland once intended to house a new Champaign Central High.

Other than a few "geese issues," United Way President and CEO Sue Grey called the first-year arrangement — $10,000 to harvest crops, with proceeds benefiting low-income families — a rousing success.

EIU: Yes, there will be a spring semester

CHARLESTON — There will indeed be a second semester at Eastern Illinois University this school year.

Responding to what it described as social media rumors, EIU on Monday released a copy of a letter university President David Glassman sent to students, faculty and staff earlier in the day.

It read:

3 new faces join Unit 4 equity committee

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district's Education Equity Excellence (EEE) Committee will have three new members working to address racial equality issues in Unit 4 this year.