CHAMPAIGN — "I don't sit in here a lot," said Von Young from behind the desk in his office, with a pair of bald eagle statues poised on the shelf above him.
The longtime law enforcement official's approach to policing is to be out and about, talking with "stakeholders" and responding to community needs.
URBANA — On a recent Thursday at Urbana Middle School, several seventh-graders gathered around a table, diagramming how greenhouse gases work in the atmosphere and using iPads to evaluate their own use of energy.
URBANA — Scarce details about the state pension deal announced by legislative leaders Wednesday added to the anxiety that has been building for weeks at the University of Illinois about pension negotiations.
Legislative leaders said they had agreed on a proposal to address the $100 billion pension problem. But few specifics were released.
CHAMPAIGN — With family in New Jersey, Elizabeth "Lizzy" O'Brien of Champaign has visited New York City before.
Three times, to be exact.
She's now on her fourth trip there, this time for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: marching with the Macy's Great American Marching Band in Thursday's 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Central High School Marching Maroons are among 16 marching bands from around the country to perform in Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day parade Thursday morning.
GIFFORD — Officials are just beginning to grasp the enormity of the recovery their village faces.
The little village hall has been condemned and is no longer available for board meetings, the water plant is operating but a boil order probably will remain in effect for months, and the town's landmark water tower may have to be demolished.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Police have not found a gunman at Yale University and are leaning toward a call warning of an armed man heading to shoot up the school being a hoax, as a lockdown was lifted for most of the Ivy League campus Monday.
“New Haven is safe. The Yale campus is safe,” said New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman.
CHAMPAIGN — There's a bag of food in Parkland College Dean of Students Marietta Turner's office, and she keeps it there because she knows some students are going hungry.
Not just because they're skipping a meal now and then, but hungry because their cupboards at home are darn near empty.
The state this week announced about $2 million of funding for University of Illinois and Parkland College construction projects.
The projects are part of the state's capital construction program, called Illinois Jobs Now!, signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2009. The projects will be managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board.
The Illinois State Board of Education has redrawn the map of regional education offices to meet a deadline set by the Legislature. However, the office that serves Champaign and Ford Counties is not affected by the change.