Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Area bands fare well

Several area high school bands placed at last weekend's 44th Annual Illinois Marching Band Championships at Memorial Stadium.

In an area sweep in Class 1A, Tri-Valley placed first, Watseka second and Blue Ridge third.

Monticello was second in Class 2A and Champaign Central was third in Class 4A,

Since you asked: What do teachers say?

TODAY'S ONLINE QUESTION: We've heard from school board members, volunteers and opponents of Champaign schools' $149 million referendum. What about the teachers?

Illinois' top educator: Funding problems to remain after election

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois state superintendent of schools says the outcome of the governor's race won't make a difference for the state's education funding problems.

Making dreams come true

When she's honored at Saturday's "Those Who Excel" ban- quet, Marilyn Mastny will be in- troduced as mentor/volunteer co- ordinator at Central High School.

But there's much more to the 65-year-old Champaign woman's story — from her Peace Corps past to her Make-A-Wish Foundation present, with an 18-year teaching stint at Urbana Middle School sandwiched in between.

Teens taking part in election process

In the last midterm election, less than a quarter of 18- to 29-year-olds nationwide cast ballots.

And the forecast for 15 days from now is just as gloomy, with Harvard University's Institute of Politics predicting just 23 percent of that age group will turn out at the polls.

4th school resource officer proposed in Danville

DANVILLE — Another Danville police officer could be walking the school beat come December.

The district currently has three school resource officers — one at Danville High and one each at North Ridge and South View middle schools.

20 years later, mentoring program going strong

No one can replace Mom or Dad. But it helps to have another caring adult in a student’s life who will listen without judging and express belief in a child’s ability to learn, even from mistakes.  Twenty years ago, a school-based mentoring program was started in Champaign-Urbana schools, with two schools and about 40 adults.

Search committee narrows options for next UI president

The list of candidates for the next University of Illinois president started with 200 names, but the search committee has zeroed in on a smaller pool, the panel's co-chairman said.

UI physics Professor Doug Beck declined to say how many people are still under consideration to replace President Bob Easter, who plans to retire June 30.

Young fans provide children's author's best reward

CHAMPAIGN — Besides working in her pajamas, Barb Rosenstock's favorite part of writing children's books is interacting with young readers.

Renovations set to begin at UI large-animal clinic

CHAMPAIGN — Construction is expected to start next month on a renovation of the large-animal clinic at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Jonathan Foreman, associate dean in the College of Veterinary Medicine, said this week's gift of $2.1 million from the state will cover nearly all the project's expenses.