Urbana High sweeps C-U Optimist Club's 2018 scholarships

A wrestler who wants to be a teacher, a class president who wants to be a social worker and a volleyball player who wants to be a scientific researcher are all $1,000 scholarship recipients from the Champaign-Urbana Optimist Club. While young people from all six C-U high schools are eligible, all three of this year's winners attend Urbana High School.

Champaign begins referendum construction by leveling playing field

CHAMPAIGN — It's kickoff time for construction at Tommy Stewart Field, setting in motion the first of several Unit 4 projects that voters approved in a 2016 referendum. The district confirmed Monday that ongoing construction at Centennial High School was referendum-related.

UI chancellor discusses his key takeaways from Chief conversations

URBANA — He's still weighing the feedback, but University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones said a couple of suggestions have stood out from the recent conversations about Chief Illiniwek: developing new traditions for the campus and finding a way to commemorate the Chief's history at the university.

Parkland admin leaving to take helm of Carl Sandburg College

CHAMPAIGN — A longtime Parkland College administrator is leaving to become president of a community college in western Illinois.

Seamus Reilly, Parkland's vice president for institutional advancement, was named the new president of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg and will begin July 1, pending board approval.

Leap of faith: From a chance meeting in Haiti to a home in Urbana

It was a connection made out of the rubble of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, and Chris Roegge still can't quite explain why he and Stevenson Jean Baptiste were drawn to each other.

The Way We Were: UI commencement

Commencement ceremonies have been a part of Urbana's tradition since the early history of the University of Illinois, known as Illinois Industrial University until 1885, according to the UI Archives. The Archive's commencement programs collection goes back to 1872.

Wired In: Anil Jason

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a different high-tech difference maker. This week, meet ANIL JASON, a University of Illinois student majoring in computer science and statistics major who is a co-founder of QuillBot, a state-of-the-art artificial-intelligence program that can rephrase full sentences.

Once-temporary outdoor ceremony is new UI commencement tradition

CHAMPAIGN — What was supposed to be a temporary move to an outdoor graduation venue has become the new tradition at the University of Illinois.

Next weekend's commencement is once again scheduled at Memorial Stadium, though it will be a bit streamlined this year.

Urbana district admin proposes incentives for substitute teachers

URBANA — After noticing that several substitute teachers work in the Urbana district on a "here-and-there" basis, human-resources director Jacinda Crawmer said she decided new pay incentives are in order.

Moving a whole house? 'It's not for the faint of heart'

Champaign's historic Burnham Mansion is moving, according to an agreement reached Wednesday night, and right now it's a race against the clock.

Unit 4 wants the house gone by July 15 and has said that if the project drags past that date, the mansion's new owner, University of Illinois graduate Christopher Enck, will have to pay $2,500 a day.