Trost name will endure in Philo

PHILO — When Bob Trost was visiting his native Philo in 2005, it bothered the Dallas businessman that the Trost name wasn't among the many in the program for the centennial at St. Thomas Catholic Grade School.

After all, his family's Philo roots reached to the 1890s, when his farmer grandfather, Eli Trost, built a home there.

Q&A with Phyllis Wise

What would you like to ask the chancellor? Ask it here

CHAMPAIGN — The past year was not an easy one for University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, starting with personal attacks on Twitter for her decision not to cancel classes one bitter day in January 2014.

King essay winners to be honored today

Thirty-five Champaign public-school students will be honored at the Martin Luther King Jr. Creative Expressions Competition event from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at Krannert Center. Unit 4 students garnered 12 winning entries and 23 honorable mentions. Of the total 207 contest entries, 182 came from Unit 4 schools but other schools submitted works, too.

Westville-Georgetown-Ridge Farm school merger study expected in early April

WESTVILLE — A report on possible consolidation options with the neighboring Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district should be ready in early April, Westville's superintendent says.

Jim Owens said that Midwest School Consultants of Springfield, which was contracted by the two districts to conduct the study, is still in the data-collection phase of the project.

Unit 7 board supports state education plan

TOLONO — The Unit 7 school board plans to adopt a resolution at its next meeting showing support for a new statewide education plan.

Parkland board facing budget woes

CHAMPAIGN — Whoever is chosen on Feb. 17 to serve on the Parkland College board will jump right into the community college's budget woes on Feb. 18.

That's when the board has scheduled a workshop on its ongoing budget problems.

Third fundraiser raises stakes for Center for Wounded Veterans

URBANA — As a veteran himself, Kyle Kostelecky has seen what can happen to wounded veterans trying to adjust to college life, or life in general, and the pride that prevents them and their families from asking for help.

They've been trained by military life to pull up their bootstraps and stand on their own.

Illinois education board wants $730 million more pre-K-12 funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education is asking lawmakers to provide an additional $730 million in fiscal year 2016 for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade funding.

Mahomet residents can get bricks from Middletown

MAHOMET — The old Middletown school is scheduled to come down this month — but Mahomet-Seymour officials say local residents will have a chance to keep a piece of it.

Superintendent Rick Johnston said at Tuesday night's school board meeting that asbestos removal from the 95-year-old building is now complete.

Parkland board seeks applicants for Bennett's seat

CHAMPAIGN — Applications will be taken until Feb. 13 to fill a vacancy on the Parkland College Board of Trustees, trustees decided Wednesday night.

Following a lengthy executive session, board members decided to hear from applicants to fill the two years remaining on the term of board chairman Tom Bennett, who resigned effective Thursday to become a full-time state representative.