3 children waiting for bus hurt by lightning

ROUND LAKE HEIGHTS (AP) — Officials say three middle school students were injured by a lightning strike near a school bus stop in Chicago's northern suburbs.

The lightning strike happened about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Round Lake Heights as a wave of thunderstorms moved across the area.

Parkland board approves hiring of new marketing director

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College has a new marketing director.

On Wednesday night, the Parkland College Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to hire Erin Shannon as marketing and public relations director.

Shannon begins her new duties on Oct. 4.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 20-27, 2018


This weekend


What: A day full of family fun. Pony rides, petting zoo, facepainting, balloon animals, pumpkin decorating, food trucks, free kids games and straw maze, local food trucks and more.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22.

Where: Prairie Gardens, 3000 W. Springfield Ave., C.

Cost: One Pudgy ticket = $1.

Open house to show community how farm sparks students' outdoor interests

CHAMPAIGN — If you had asked an eighth-grade Mona Jawd about her future in edible landscaping, you might have gotten a blank stare in response.

But pose the same question to the now-high school senior at Centennial, and you'll get far more.

"It's something I became really passionate about — it's part of my calling," Jawd said.

UI pushing tax-incentive program to attract businesses to college towns

CHAMPAIGN — A tax-incentive program to attract more businesses to campus communities in Illinois, and spur jobs for students, is being pushed by the University of Illinois.

The "Grow Illinois" bill, as it's called for now, will be part of the legislative package from the University of Illinois this fall for consideration next spring, officials said Wednesday.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 20, 2018

Centennial High's football players will get a kick out of playing at a Big Ten stadium on Saturday morning.

The homecoming court? Maybe not so much.

The change of venue means Centennial's king and queen will be crowned in a quicker-than-usual halftime ceremony at Memorial Stadium — not under the Friday night lights at the high school.

SJ-O's 2018 Hall of Fame class includes four multi-sport athletes

ST. JOSEPH — In his day, no one around here could catch ROBBY RING in the sprints.

In hers, few could go the distance like ASHLEY (WRIGHT) PADDOCK — a four-time all-stater in cross-country and track.

My Favorite Things: Heritage Superintendent Tom Davis

Among TOM DAVIS' titles these days: Heritage schools superintendent, district technology coordinator, high school principal ... and resident Cubs fanatic.

Heritage parent pleads for return of bus stop in Allerton

BROADLANDS — Heritage school board members heard this week from a parent who said her young child had to walk seven blocks in Allerton to get to the bus stop.

California city is latest to redo 'sexist' school dress code

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The relaxed new dress code at public schools in the small city of Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, is intentionally specific: Midriff-baring shirts are acceptable attire, so are tank tops with spaghetti straps and other once-banned items like micro-mini skirts and short shorts.