UI gets $1.8 million from CDC to study bug-borne diseases

URBANA — The U.S. is not as well prepared to deal with illness spread by insects as most people may think.

That's what a $10 million grant spread over five Midwestern universities, including the University of Illinois, is all about, said a researcher who will be leading work on vector-borne illness at the UI over the next five years.

Cunningham home's new $14 million school to open in fall '18

URBANA — The Cunningham Children's Home will open the doors to a new $14 million school in the fall of 2018.

Monticello losing principal in July, superintendent in 2021

MONTICELLO — Longtime Monticello High School Principal Tip Reedy has been hired as superintendent of the Williamsville school district. 

His boss will follow him out the door — but not for another four years.

End of transgender bathroom rule draws conservative praise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for states to decide. Transgender rights advocates, meanwhile, are vowing to overcome a major setback.

Just 1 Question: Coding at Kenwood Elementary

The kids at Kenwood Elementary want to teach you how to code.

Parkland trustees approve 4.46% tuition, fee increase

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College trustees Wednesday night approved a 4.46 percent increase in tuition and fees for classes beginning this summer.

With the increase, base tuition and fees for most in-district students at the community college in Champaign will rise from $157 to $164 per credit hour. Ten years ago, the comparable cost was $82 per credit hour.

Ranking puts UI in top 10 of colleges most reliant on TAs

URBANA — Nearly one-fifth of all undergraduate courses at the University of Illinois are taught primarily by a teaching assistant, one of the highest percentages in the country in a new ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

However, the percentage has been on the decline for a decade, according to UI data.

Syngenta to open lab at UI Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — One of the largest agriculture companies in the world is opening a digital innovation lab at the University of Illinois Research Park.

Switzerland-based Syngenta announced the lab Thursday, with hopes to open it by this summer. It has already leased the 1,600-square-foot space.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 23, 2017

On her 46th birthday, Holy Cross School Principal CHRIS ELLIS wandered into the gym, where someone tossed her a basketball and yelled "Shoot!"

"Most of my basketball experience consists of dorm room laundry hoops, paper wads in wastebaskets and my kids' Little Tykes hoop," she admitted. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime shot."

Urbana superintendent may rethink admin's demotion

URBANA — There will likely not be a school board vote on the proposed demotion of Dr. Jennifer Ivory-Tatum from Urbana's deputy superintendent to an elementary school principal, according to Superintendent Don Owen.