'The idea of serving my country very much appealed to me'

Lt. Col. Shane Sullivan will soon add another high honor to a crowded collection that includes a Bronze Star, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Only this one isn't for the career military man's work at the Pentagon or in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Poet laureate spends time with students, faculty at UI

URBANA — At noon Thursday, University of Illinois senior Katie Pollman stopped by the Department of Latina/Latino Studies building, wanting to meet and hear U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

Afterward, she called the "Inside Scoop" lunch with the nation's first Latino Poet Laureate "incredible."

Red Carpet at Savoy

SAVOY — The National Center for Supercomputing Applications will host a "red carpet event" Sunday for the local premiere of the new IMAX movie, "A Beautiful Planet."

Nontenure faculty on picket line

URBANA — The halls of the English Building on the University of Illinois campus were empty Thursday afternoon.

Most of the classrooms were dark, and a few had posters on the door.

One read: "Jim Hansen's ENGL 455 will meet in Greg Hall 221 and ENGL 301 will meet in FLB 1022."

A poster on another door said: "English 310 Unprotected Speech meets in 317 Greg Hall today."

PODCAST: Club Krannert with Bridget Lee-Calfas 04-28-16

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Bridget Lee-Calfas from the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts visits to preview two upcoming events aimed at youth.


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Just 1 question: What makes your character special?

For the first time in 10 years, Meade Park Elementary students will have their chance to shine on stage.

Ex-Parkland president's most valuable lesson: Life isn't about titles

CHAMPAIGN — Once Paul Magelli realized there's more to life than your title, he became a lot happier.

He learned the lesson in August 1989, when he signed a separation agreement to step down from the post of president of Parkland College after a rocky two-year tenure that included controversial budget decisions and a faculty vote of "no confidence."

04-27-16 Urbana High School cast of High School Musical @UrbanaHS

04-27-16 The Urbana High School cast of Disney's High School Musical appeared on a Penny for Your Thoughts with Jim Turpin on Wednesday morning.  The program opens tonight at 7:00pm at Urbana High School and runs thru Saturday night with an afternoon show on Sunday at 2:00pm.

Area update: Headliner chosen for Paxton event

PAXTON — Blues musician Corey Dennison will be the headlining act for the fifth annual Paxton Swine 'N' Dine BBQ Contest & Festival, scheduled for Sept. 17.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

Dance marathon

The annual Centennial High School Dance Marathon raised $14,440.38 for St. John's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals on Friday night.

Led by seniors Aashika Ashok and Jenna DeLuce and 30 other executive team members, more than 150 students danced the night away — and played many games — inside the gym.