UI panel to recommend sexual-harassment policy less tied to legal standards

CHAMPAIGN — A sexual-harassment policy less tied to legal standards and more focused on prohibiting any kind of unwanted sexual behavior is expected to be one of the draft recommendations this month from a University of Illinois committee.

State track meet has some graduating seniors choosing running over walking

When he saw the date and time for Mahomet-Seymour's graduation this year, senior Mathias Powell had to break the news to his parents that he wouldn't be going.

And array we go: Solar panels on UI ECE Building's roof now providing power

URBANA — In April, sunshine began powering about 25 percent of the labs, offices and classrooms in one of the newest high-tech buildings at the University of Illinois.

A $3 million rooftop solar array planned as part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building that opened in 2014 was completed this spring, pushing it closer to its ultimate goal of "net-zero" energy use.

'Being able to complete this has been a long dream'

CHAMPAIGN — Ana Milena Edwards just wanted something to be entirely hers.

For most of her life, she said, it had seemed that people had been talking down to her, insinuating if not outright saying that on her own, she wouldn't amount to much.

First, it was the children who labored with her on a Colombian farm. They "abused me because I was a lot smaller than them," she said.

Local teachers of deaf, blind unhappy with state proposal to relax licensing

CHAMPAIGN — Read an audiogram or ocular report. Tinker with an uncooperative hearing aid. Translate a worksheet into Braille and then back to ink print again.

For teachers of the deaf, hard of hearing, blind or vision-impaired, it's all in a day's work.

Two more teens involved in Urbana High fight sentenced

URBANA — A Champaign County judge on Tuesday sentenced one of the teens involved in an early February brawl at Urbana High School to a year of probation and referred a second to a diversion program.

2 bullets hit bus after students dropped off at museum

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say stray gunfire struck a suburban school bus after it dropped students at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Tick talk: Don't squash that bloodsucker; UI researchers are collecting them

URBANA — More than 900 ticks down, and a bunch more of those little bloodsuckers to go.

Researchers involved in an Illinois tick research and surveillance program are, once again, seeking the ticks people find on their bodies. And they're hoping to be sent even more ticks than they got last year.

Teacher of the Week: Penny Tibben

Meet PENNY TIBBEN, who followed her mother into a teaching career. After teaching pre-school for a year, Tibben stepped away to help her husband — Pastor KENT TIBBEN, of Danville's Trinity Lutheran Church — while he finished his master's degree and seminary studies and raise their four children.

UI's $48 million Siebel Center for Design beginning to take shape

After nearly 10 years of planning, the University of Illinois Siebel Center for Design is starting to take shape.

Crews are setting the foundation for the new building on Fourth Street, just south of Huff Hall, and structural steel is being delivered later this month.