Blogger weighs in on prof's side

URBANA — A nationally read academic blogger says he believes the University of Illinois’ handing of the Steven Salaita case is a threat to academic freedom.

John K. Wilson, a UI graduate and former student in the Unit One “living/learning community” in Allen Hall, spoke to 89 people, primarily students, in the main room of the residence hall Monday night.

Job fair introduces Stratton students to careers, responsibilities

Tayshaun Coleman is a Peace Keeper at Stratton Elementary School. He patrols the hallways during the day, educates students about respect and school policies, advertises job openings at the Peace Station, helps design posters and conducts interviews.

Tayshaun works as a manager at the Peace Station and has more responsibility than most of his classmates; and he's only in third grade.

Salaita case likely to be hot topic today on campus

URBANA — There will be two opportunities on the University of Illinois campus today to discuss the Steven Salaita case and the related issue of academic freedom.

DACC board to vote on bond issue for tech upgrades

DANVILLE — The Danville Area Community College board on Tuesday could take a step toward issuing up to $1 million in technology and equipment bonds to update computers and other equipment across campus.

Trustees will vote on whether to retain Chapman and Cutler LLP of Chicago as its bond counsel and begin the proceedings.

Hacking her way in: Computer science no longer just a man's world

URBANA — Marrissa Hellesen just wanted to see how the floppy drive worked.

She opened the computer, examined the drive (this was many years ago — it ran on Windows 95 and had Internet via AOL) and then discovered colored cables, memory cards and other fascinating components. She kept going, taking things out and apart.

Getting Personal: Peggy Patten

Peggy Patten talks about her career in education at her home in Urbana.

Reserves to help balance 2015 Fisher schools budget

FISHER — The Fisher school board passed its fiscal year 2015 budget. For the fourth straight year, the budget is being balanced by using district reserves in the education and operations and maintenance funds.

Belvidere teachers notify board of strike intent

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) — A teachers union has notified a Boone County school district of its members' intent to strike after they declared an impasse in contract negotiations.

Field trip takes students to fields

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois residents spend each day surrounded by miles and miles of cornfields, but most probably couldn't tell you what happens in the corn threshing process without searching Google first.

Feds award $2.1 million education-based grant to Parkland College

CHAMPAIGN — Now that Parkland College has a new $28 million Student Union, the federal government is giving the school a $2.1 million grant to improve the education offered within the college’s walls.