Hoopeston, superintendent to part ways

HOOPESTON — Two years after conducting a superintendent search, the Hoopeston School Board will be back at it again.

In what they're calling "a mutual agreement," the board and Superintendent Suzi Hesser decided to end her contract on June 30, a year before her original three-year agreement was set to expire.

Trump to order colleges to back free speech or lose funding

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Thursday requiring U.S. colleges to certify that they protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal research funding, White House officials said.

Election 2019 | Kathy Shannon says she's already mastered the school board learning curve

CHAMPAIGN — Two Kathy Shannon priorities if she's still on the Champaign school board past April 2: facilities and equity work.

For the past four years, Shannon has helped oversee the district's referendum work, which has dominated much of the board's time. It's also helped her shape other opinions on district priorities.

"We need an ongoing facilities plan," she said.

Judge fond of time at Urbana High, dancing like Travolta

Heading into the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation’s gala, we’ll catch up with five public school alumni set to be honored on March 30 at the I Hotel and Conference Center:

These days, he wears a black robe to work — the standard attire for municipal court judges in suburban Atlanta.

Kids, police have a ball pelting each other

OAKWOOD — About 11 miles west of where the NJCAA Division II men's basketball championship is playing out this week, another tournament got underway at Oakwood Grade School on Tuesday.

The matchup: Oakwood students in Project Success of Vermilion County's after-school program and area police.

Balloons Over Vermilion student ambassadors offer up their design ideas

DANVILLE — When Michelle Esteppe's third-graders at Danville's Southwest Elementary School were asked to imagine they were hot-air balloon pilots and design their own balloons, Kodie Barnes didn't have to think too hard.

The 8-year-old drew the signal used to summon his favorite superhero, Batman, on a sky-blue background.

Champaign teachers union rolling out plans for newly compensated home visits

CHAMPAIGN — For months last fall, Unit 4 teachers championed their causes to the public through rallies, board meetings, picket lines and a strike-authorization vote.

But how serious was the Champaign Federation of Teachers about its publicized causes of smaller classes, home visits and less district-led professional development?

Pet Talk | New treatment approach for canine arthritis

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

A treatment approach that has been in practice in human medicine for decades is now offered for dogs at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana.

John Frayne | Sinfonia da Camera's classics were a fine bouquet, indeed

The Sinfonia da Camera concert on March 2 in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts was entitled "A Bouquet of Classics" and a concert that featured two of the greatest symphonies of the Classical Period, Wolfgang Mozart's Symphony No. 39 and Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 104 ("London"). They certainly deserved the term "classics" in both its meanings.

Bill would require high schools to provide path to associate degree

SPRINGFIELD — A state senator wants to give all Illinois high school students the opportunity to walk across the graduation stage with an associate degree to complement their diploma.