Student's pitch for middle school softball in Champaign finally connects

CHAMPAIGN — Three years ago, as she was entering sixth grade at Edison Middle School, Kathryn Currey went before the Unit 4 school board to make a case for adding girls' softball for the middle schools.

She had played Little League Baseball in C-U — primarily with boys — and later joined the Border Girls travel softball team.

Salaita leaving academia: 'I refuse to tolerate the indignities of a blacklist'

Three years after a tweet-storm that led to his "unhiring" by the University of Illinois — and a national uproar over free-speech rights for professors — Steven Salaita says he's leaving academia.

UI trustee nominee often gives to GOP candidates

CHAMPAIGN — Dr. Stuart King, Gov. Bruce Rauner's latest nominee to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, is a generous donor to mostly Republican candidates, including the governor.

Campaign disclosure records show that King has donated $6,000 to the Citizens for Rauner campaign account, the most recent being a $1,000 contribution in March.

Burundi robotics teens may have initiated vanishing

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Organizers of an international robotics competition in the U.S. capital believe the disappearance of six teens from Burundi may have been "self-initiated."

Danville plans pay bumps to quell 'critical' teacher shortage in special ed

DANVILLE — The Danville school district is rolling out a program that boosts pay for special-education teachers and school psychologists in an effort to address severe staffing shortages in those areas.

Christie Clinic doctor, raised in Champaign, to be newest UI trustee

For the first time in more than a decade, the home of the state's flagship university will be represented on the UI's board of trustees.

Today, Gov. Bruce Rauner will announce the appointment of Dr. Stuart King — a Christie Clinic physician and Champaign resident with three degrees from the University of Illinois — to one of two board vacancies.

2 missing Burundi teens seen entering Canada

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police have received reports that two of the Burundi teenagers gone missing after an international robotics competition have been seen crossing the border into Canada.

'Seussical's no piece of cake, but these kids have just what it takes

CHAMPAIGN — Urbana High sophomore Adam Christman admits he's a bit overwhelmed.

Though he doesn't have much theater experience, he was cast as Horton, one of the leads in "Seussical," opening tonight at Parkland College.

His older brother, Matt, had talked him into auditioning for the Urbana Park District Youth Summer Theatre production.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: A sporting chance

CHAMPAIGN — As a student at the University of Illinois, Rod Lovett started pursuing business when considering a post-college career. But he quickly came to a couple of realizations, one being that he wasn't particularly strong in math.

Entertainment listings, July 20-27, 2017


This weekend


What: Traditional fair events including queen pageant, demo derby, wild World of Animals, horse shows, livestock, Nick Lynch Band, 4-H, tractor pull and talent show.

When: July 20-24.

Where: Fairgrounds,1390 E. 2000 N. Road, Watseka.