UI's freshman class is among 5 biggest in country

URBANA — This year's freshman class at the University of Illinois is among the five largest in the country and bigger than any in its peer group except the University of Texas.

The student body, totaling 44,880, makes Illinois the seventh-biggest public university campus in the country, UI officials said Monday.

Examining Unit 4 referendum: Central's parking nightmare

Every Monday between now and Election Day, staff writer NICOLE LAFOND will spotlight one piece of Champaign’s six-school, $183.4 million ballot question that will be put before voters Nov. 8. THIS WEEK: Central's parking nightmare.

How much it'd cost

Top of the morning, Oct. 3, 2016

On Mondays, our award-winning photographers tell their stories. Today, HEATHER COIT talks about seeing some musicians in their other element — in a classroom.

What's in a name: Yankee Ridge Elementary in Urbana

First-year Yankee Ridge Elementary School Principal Brian Anderson was once a student walking the very halls he's in charge of today. To this day, he's still looking for the ridge.

"It's pretty flat here in central Illinois," he said.

His school, though, was founded in 1875 by a group of Yankee settlers from New England.

It's already time for students to apply for federal aid

In between marching-band performances and weekend chores, Brenda Reinhold will be crunching numbers at her computer this weekend.

Saturday is the first day prospective college students (and their parents) can submit the federal form that determines how much financial aid they may receive in 2017-18.

Champaign school board, teachers union approve contract

CHAMPAIGN — After five months of meetings, nine bargaining sessions, three pickets and one strike-authorization vote, the Champaign teachers union and Unit 4 officially settled on a contract this week.

The two-year contract was ratified by a "nearly unanimous" vote at Wednesday night's Champaign Federation of Teachers meeting, according to union President Jennifer White.

Academy High sets tuition at $15,800 per year

CHAMPAIGN — Good grades aren't all prospective students will need to be accepted into Champaign's new, independent high school.

Three days before Academy High's application period opens for interested eighth- and ninth-graders, school officials unveiled the annual tuition figure: $15,800.

UI 48th on Forbes' new list of best schools for international students

URBANA — A new Forbes list of the best U.S. schools for international students places the University of Illinois 48th despite its top-five ranking for international enrollment.

The magazine's first-ever list of 50 Best U.S Colleges for International Students is dominated by private institutions, with all but one top-10 school in the Northeast.

Jim Dey: Journalism professor's death offers learning opportunity

The recent death of former University of Illinois journalism Professor William Gaines is a sad reminder of two important realities — one affecting the public and the other investigators everywhere.

Although his name may not ring a bell, Gaines was one of this country's great investigative reporters. He won two Pulitzer Prizes during his nearly 40-year career at the Chicago Tribune.

Just 1 Question: Urbana High School opportunities

Winning a national award is a big deal for most that walk the halls at Urbana High School each day.

But it wasn't a big surprise, either.