Rally at EIU over state budget draws 2,000

CHARLESTON — Gathered on the campus library Quad on a chilly, late Friday afternoon, about 2,000 people rallied to press Gov. Bruce Rauner and state legislators to pass a higher education budget and keep their university open.

Because of a political standoff, no public colleges or universities in Illinois have received any state funding since the fiscal year began July 1.

Area update: More stop signs considered in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — The council's street and alley committee discussed adding several stop signs to Gibson City intersections.

Under consideration are intersections at 12th and Melvin, Wood and Guthrie, 11th and Melvin, Wood and Guthrie, 6th and Guthrie, 5th and Melvin and 5th and State.

Record number of UI applicants will get admission news today

URBANA — More than 37,000 students applied to the University of Illinois' flagship campus this year — a new record — and about 22,000 of them will be very happy later today.

Today is Decision Day, when applicants learn whether they've been admitted to the Urbana-Champaign campus.

'Take that first semester seriously'

URBANA — As 38,000 freshman applicants to the University of Illinois head online Friday to find out whether they've been accepted, a doctoral student there has advice for those who get good news.

Since you asked: What about C.S. Johnson property?

TODAY'S ONLINE QUESTION: Is there a reason that the old C.S. Johnson Co. property south of Springfield Avenue has not been considered for a new Central High? That property is big enough for the school, and they wouldn't have to build a new stadium because the existing stadium is only a block away.

Area update: Dog attack leads to consideration of new ordinance

SIDNEY — An incident in which a dog was seriously injured in a Jan. 15 attack by two other dogs on Byron Street has officials considering enacting a dangerous animal ordinance.

Just 1 question: What's unique about your art?

Mahomet-Seymour Junior High students enrolled in Nicole Kelly and Tom Murdoch's enrichment art course have spent the past several months learning about how their doodles could one day translate into jobs.

And as a reward, their work now hangs in a professional art gallery.

UPDATED: EIU backers plan rally in face of 200 layoffs

CHARLESTON — Upset about the state budget impasse that threatens the future operation of Eastern Illinois University, Kate Klipp invited a group of people to her Charleston home to see what they could do.

SIU-Edwardsville sets enrollment record

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is seeing record enrollment this spring, while numbers are down or holding steady at community colleges in the Metro East region.

UI to departments: Get ready for more budget cuts

URBANA — After absorbing budget cuts this year of $20 million or more, University of Illinois academic departments are drawing up plans for more cost-cutting in 2016-17.