30 Days, 30 Grads: Danville alum a smart fish in a small pond

DANVILLE — Before graduating from Danville High School, Luke Robinson went looking for a college that would give him that same small community feeling he had grown to love during a childhood in Vermilion County.

Champaign science fair turning potential energy kinetic

CHAMPAIGN — Thousands of people marched in Champaign and 600 other cities around the world on Earth Day in support of science as a "pillar of human freedom and prosperity."

Now they're turning that energy into concrete action, starting locally with a science activities fair today for kids and adults at the Champaign Public Library.

Bambenek named to community college board

SPRINGFIELD — John Bambenek has a new higher education appointment from Gov. Bruce Rauner — this time to the Illinois Community College Board.

Honoring her legacy of service

CHAMPAIGN — Centennial High School seniors Nellie Haug and Grant Thurman were in second grade on that awful April day in 2007 when 32 people, including Austin Cloyd, were killed in a shooting at Virginia Tech.

Haug and Thurman didn't know Miss Cloyd, a Centennial graduate, and they don't remember a whole lot about that day.

"That was so long ago," Thurman said.

30 Days, 30 Grads: Almost failing helped Armstrong alum learn

CHARLESTON — One of the most valuable lessons soon-to-be high school chemistry teacher Nathan Gayheart learned at college didn't come from a textbook, lecture or chemistry experiment.

It came from almost failing a class.

House backs requiring cursive writing in schools

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Don't toss the grammar-school composition paper yet.

The Illinois House approved legislation 67-48 Wednesday requiring elementary and high schools to teach cursive writing.

ISU program to help foster care youths earn degree

NORMAL (AP) — Illinois State University is establishing a new academy to help youths in foster care prepare for and graduate from college.

Entertainment listings, April 27-May 4, 2017


This weekend


What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.

No controversy at Harden's swearing-in as first black Parkland trustee

CHAMPAIGN — Without fanfare or controversy, Rochelle Harden made history Wednesday night when she was sworn in as the first black person on the Parkland College Board of Trustees in its 50 years — and the first board member who also is an active faculty member.

30 Days, 30 Grads: Arcola alum not dropping the mic

BOURBONNAIS — Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez grew up with a deep love for music and found her niche at college working for a contemporary Christian radio network.

And she knows there's something more important going on during her evening programs on Shine.FM than just her behind a microphone.

"It's a ministry that God is using me for," she said.