Dismissal of Champaign schools' facilities director draws protest

CHAMPAIGN — More than 100 people turned out for Monday night's Champaign school board meeting at the Mellon Administration Building, with many of them protesting the district's decision to dismiss Tim Popovich as director of facilities.

About 60 people also picketed outside the building prior to Monday's school board meeting.

Taking root: Hope

In a courtyard outside the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, a small chestnut tree blooms.

It has roots, literally, in a towering horse chestnut that stood outside the cramped attic in Amsterdam where Anne Frank wrote one of history’s most famous diaries.

30 Days, 30 Grads: Staying busy easy task for ex-Charger

CARBONDALE — Ask Avona Greene about all the organizations she was part of during her time at Southern Illinois, and the Centennial grad struggles to get through the list without forgetting one or two.

It's not because she's flighty — far from it. It's just that she was a part of or in charge of so many clubs and volunteer efforts, she has a hard time keeping them all straight.

Youngsters using chess to give back

SAVOY — Thanks to the influence of chess enrichment instructor Rachel Schechter, the students at Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana have developed a love for the game in recent years.

Top of the Morning: May 22, 2017

On Mondays, our award-winning photographers tell their stories. Today: Heather Coit

Some high school grads going out with a bang

On the last day of last school year, Sam Lessaris and his fellow Champaign Central seniors piled into cars and drove laps around the University Avenue campus, laying on the horns in celebration of graduation.

Wired In: Chinmay Soman

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet CHINMAY SOMAN, CEO and co-founder of EarthSense Inc., which is in the University of Illinois EnterpriseWorks.

30 Days, 30 Grads: Uni alum's not done exploring

URBANA — For Marie Lilly, going away to college has provided an opportunity to see the world — from studying sea turtles in Costa Rica to exploring ecosystems in the Amazon.

And the Urbana Uni High grad isn't done exploring.

New grads exit with fond memories

University Laboratory High School rocked with Prince and Abba, while Judah Christian had a reverent tone with religious songs.

But both marked the bittersweet joy of graduation Saturday and the end of an epoch for the seniors.

Ask 'Mimi,' May 21, 2017

Did you see that Harmonia Rosales' re-creation of Michelangelo's 'The Creation of Adam' has gone viral?

Yes, the Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed and other media have done articles on her oil painting. In the famous painting, she replaced the white male figures that represent Jesus, God and angels with black women.