CHAMPAIGN — After years of shuttling teams to Savoy, Rantoul and anywhere else with a free field, Judah Christian's athletes will soon have their own turf to call home.
The Gene A. Salmon Field of Dreams, now weeks away from completion, cost $3 million to build and comes more than three decades after the private Christian school opened.
WESTVILLE — After 11 years as district superintendent, Jim Owens led his final meeting of the Westville school board this week.
Owens is retiring on June 30. Seth Miller, the district's director of operations, will succeed him.
DELAND — Amanda Geary has spent most of her 15-year teaching career in the Logan County seat of Lincoln, but there should be no culture shock when she takes on DeLand-Weldon principal duties next month.
Growing up in Mackinaw, Geary embraces small towns — and small schools.
CHAMPAIGN — They call you back from the waiting room, put you on the scale and check your vital signs, then smilingly leave you in the exam room to wait for your doctor to arrive.
Sound like a job for you?
Medical assistants, who are typically a patient's first contact in a doctor's office after check-in at the reception desk, happen to be in big demand.
FISHER — The school board will consider whether to join a consortium of other school districts to reduce its health insurance costs. But it will require a three-year commitment.
PAXTON — With Kade Hill's election as the new state FFA president, Paxton's school system now has had an unprecedented four alumni lead the Illinois Association FFA.
No other system in the state has had more. Hill joins fellow Paxton-Buckley-Loda High graduates Mike Shively (2011-12) and Brad Pilcher (2006-07) and Paxton High's Dennis Dazey (1971-72) as state FFA presidents.
URBANA — Like other state-funded agencies, University of Illinois Extension is anxiously awaiting a resolution to the state budget standoff.
But the statewide outreach program got some good news this week: About $10 million in Extension funding held up for most of the current fiscal year was finally released Friday.
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Scheduled flight time today for a red-tailed hawk that's been on the mend since arriving at the UI's Wildlife Medical Clinic in rough shape.