Area update: Rude but harmless awakening in Monticello

MONTICELLO — It was a first-ever for Piatt County 9-1-1 Director Jim Cripe, but it wreaked havoc Wednesday morning at the dispatch center he oversees.

One of Monticello's eight emergency alert sirens, seemingly activated on its own, whined with an up-and-down cadence that is no longer used, and continued to drone on for about 45 minutes.

Country club part of Jones' deal with UI

URBANA — The first two things Robert Jones packed the last time he made a big move? His golf clubs and his downhill skis.

The University of Illinois' new chancellor won't have much use for the latter here but golf is a go — and he'll have his choice of country clubs to play.

Mom giving back with son in mind

CHAMPAIGN — When Stacey Jackson talks about the friendship between Josh Brent and her late son Jerry Brown, she often laughs. The two entered the University of Illinois at the same time, defensive players who signed on to play football for Ron Zook.

A chef at the UI, Jackson was oftentimes tasked with feeding the 300-pound behemoths.

UPDATED: University of Illinois trustees OK Jones

1:13 P.M.

Trustee: Wilson not a candidate

University of Illinois trustee James Montgomery said from what he understands, Interim Chancellor Barb Wilson did not seek the full-time position.

Lacy prepares for state's attorney's position

DANVILLE — Growing up the middle of three girls with hard-working blue-collar parents in a middle-class neighborhood in northern Illinois, Jacqueline Lacy never imagined she'd one day be an attorney, let alone Vermilion County's first female state's attorney.

'I was not looking to go someplace else'

URBANA — Robert Jones wasn't looking for a new job when the University of Illinois — or its search firm — came calling.

Just 1 question, July 21, 2016

The road to Rio isn't just for humans.

With the 2016 Summer Games just 15 days away, the world's top athletes are getting into their best shape — and so are some animals.

Situation dismal, Parkland trustees are told

CHAMPAIGN — State funding is down, enrollment is dropping, next year's proposed budget is more than $4 million in the red and Parkland College's cash balance is half of what it was a year ago.

It was mostly grim news for Parkland trustees at their July meeting Wednesday night.

Danville backs expanding middle-school alternative program

DANVILLE — Some Danville schools students will report to class at the Boys and Girls Club of Danville this coming year.

School board members on Wednesday threw their support behind expanding the middle school alternative program and moving students to the youth organization's site, at 850 N. Griffin St.

'He used higher education as a springboard to his dreams'

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UPDATED 11:23 a.m. Wednesday

URBANA — Addressing a packed Illini Union Ballroom on Wednesday morning, Chancellor Robert Jones touched on his past and how it helped prepare him for the future.