Architects review ideas for renovating schools

CHAMPAIGN — Central High School was off the agenda this week.

Biotech leader, former Google exec to speak at UI commencement

CHAMPAIGN — The head of a biotech company and former Google executive will be the keynote speaker at the University of Illinois Commencement on May 14.

Jeff Huber, a UI computer engineering graduate, is CEO of Grail, which is developing a revolutionary blood test to detect early stage cancer.

CUSF honorees: Parastaran to receive business honor

With CarX owner Parham Parastaran (Central '89) set to receive the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation's Local Business Community Impact Award Saturday night, we asked the Iranian immigrant and tennis whiz to take a quick spin down memory lane.

Area update: I-57 section to be one lane for next few months

Drive Interstate 57 much?

You might want to pick a different route — for the next seven months.

Starting Wednesday, the interstate that skirts Champaign on the west will be reduced to one lane in both directions for road work at the bridge over Springfield Avenue, a job that is expected to last until the week before Thanksgiving.

Just 1 question: Why 'School of Rock'?

The students involved with music, drama and the arts at Salt Fork High want the community to know how rockin' their newly merged art department is. So, on Saturday, everyone's invited to attend their 7 p.m. "School of Rock" variety show at the elementary school in Catlin.

UI turns to Internet to help meet demand for master's degree

URBANA — More than 4,000 students applied for 200 undergraduate spots this year in computer science, among the most competitive departments at the University of Illinois.

Demand is similar at the graduate level, with data science one of the hottest and highest-paid professions of the millennium.

District reorganizing in a big way

DANVILLE — Come August, all Danville schools seventh- and eighth-graders will call North Ridge Middle School home, and all fifth- and sixth-graders will call South View home.

Teacher of the week: Suzie Burgin

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.

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Area update: 'State not paying' forces dental practice's closure

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Dental Care, a dental practice that heavily relied on Illinois to pay its bills, has closed.

"Due to the state not paying, we have not been able to keep our doors open," said Erica Chancellor, a business assistant at the practice at 2102 N. Market St.

CUSF honorees: Central grad credits teachers for instilling skills, values

CHAMPAIGN — Everything Elliot Rodgers needed to know to become successful, he learned from his Central High School teachers.

Jeff Trigger, his football and swimming coach, taught him the importance of leadership and goal setting.

"No matter someone's skills or abilities, he said it was always so important to set personal goals," Rodgers said. "And he helped us achieve them."