4-H clubs launching this summer in Savoy, Pesotum

Two new 4-H clubs will start up this summer in Savoy and Pesotum, organized by 4-H of Champaign County.

Last year, about 2,000 young people in East Central Illinois were involved in 4-H community clubs, where they learned about careers, leadership and citizenship. Every county in Illinois has a 4-H program, which is run through University of Illinois Extension.

C-U Public Health District's summer-meal program for kids starts Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — Summertime brings a temporary halt to food service at area schools, but a program hosted by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will again pick up the slack starting Tuesday.

John Frayne | Ending the Krannert season with a (big) bang

On May 1, the audience for Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" in the Foellinger Great Hall was very large in number, more than I have ever seen for a concert by the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

Danville police hope to have school officers at full strength by fall

DANVILLE — With nine new police officers in various stages of training, Danville city officials hope that by summer's end, the police department will be fully staffed again, allowing two veterans to be reassigned as resource officers in the school district.

Iraq War veteran, service dog united in trauma

DANVILLE — Joshua Whitney of Danville was trying everything he could think of to get his service dog to stop Friday evening, yelling "heel," "come," "halt" — even some made-up words.

But, to his horror, Harleigh, a 5-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, bolted away from him and down his driveway into the street, where she was hit by a car.

Student in custody after threat closes 2 schools

BELLEVILLE (AP) — A school official says police have taken a student into custody after a threat prompted the closing of two southwestern Illinois high schools.

UI chancellor: Chicago initiatives will add resources for C-U, not drain them

CHAMPAIGN — Chancellor Robert Jones reassured community leaders Tuesday that expanding the University of Illinois' presence in Chicago won't drain resources from Champaign-Urbana, arguing that two new initiatives there will do "just the opposite."

Campus Conversation: Gail Rooney

The academic department with the top placement rate at the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences last year?

English, where 78 percent of 2017 graduates found jobs and 12 percent went on to graduate school, for a 90 percent overall rate, according to GAIL ROONEY, director of the UI's Career Center.

Teacher of the Week: Natalie Lessaris

Meet NATALIE LESSARIS, a fourth-grade teacher at Champaign's Booker T. Washington STEM Academy. A former stay-at-home mom, Lessaris brings the baking skills she has honed over the years to her classroom, where she rewards productive students with cookies.

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University Y's new study shows immigrants have $1.4B impact here

CHAMPAIGN — Immigrants living in Champaign County contribute $1.4 billion to its economy and $57.2 million to the local tax base, according to a new, first-of-its kind study.