UI Chicago prof bequeaths school $1 million

CHICAGO (AP) — A popular art history professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago who died last year has left $1 million to the school where he taught for three decades.

UI's second solar farm will make it 'second to none' among U.S. universities

URBANA — A second solar farm planned in Savoy will put the University of Illinois in the lead among American universities in terms of solar energy, a top campus proponent says.

The campus is moving ahead with a 55-acre solar farm along the north side of Curtis Road, between First and Neil streets in Savoy, about a mile south of the first 21-acre farm on Windsor Road.

Champaign school board approves 40-year PR vet as communications head

CHAMPAIGN — A 40-year veteran of public relations is slated to begin working for Unit 4 next Monday, "shoring up" a communications department flooded with responsibilities related to the district's 2016 referendum, board President Chris Kloeppel said.

Election 2019: It's filing time in the cities

Monday marked the first day of the week-long filing period for a slew of area races on the ballot in the April 2 consolidated election. News-Gazette Media's reporters will track the filings as they happen. Here's the latest:

Top of the Morning, Dec. 11, 2018

Next stop on our Snapchat tour of area high schools: Heritage.

Future physician FIONA ELY will take us behind the scenes Thursday in Broadlands. Follow along by searching for "news-gazette" on the app.

"I love the tight-knit community atmosphere at Heritage," said the 17-year-old senior from Homer. "Everyone knows everyone."

Deal reached to settle Geneva teachers' strike

GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — A tentative contract agreement has been reached in a suburban Chicago teachers strike that's been keeping nearly 6,000 students out of school.

The Geneva school district and its teachers union say the agreement was reached about 3:30 a.m. Monday after a 12-hour negotiating session with a federal mediator beginning Sunday afternoon.

As interim Urbana superintendent, Williams' pay set at $1,200 per day

URBANA — While Urbana looks for a new school superintendent to replace the ousted Don Owen, interim fill-in Preston Williams will be compensated up to $144,000 for a maximum 120 days of work in the job he once held, according to district documents.

Ohio State students gets bacon vending machine

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University students can fuel up on pork as they study for finals.

A bacon vending machine has been installed at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences on the university's Columbus campus. It offers cooked bacon strips and bacon bits for $1.

Campus Conversation: Kevin Ullestad

Booking a big act at State Farm Center is like a jigsaw puzzle, said director KEVIN ULLESTAD, in that it requires balancing the arena's open dates with tour schedules that may or may not include the Midwest.