Two high school sites ruled out

CHAMPAIGN — South Side Elementary School neighbors and Country Fair business owners can rest easy, for now.

A new high school will not be built on either of those sites, Unit 4's special facilities committee decided Thursday evening.

Transcript of Killeen's remarks to Legislature

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen's remarks as prepared for delivery to a state Senate committee on higher education. Provided by the UI:

Washington site for sale

URBANA — The former Washington Early Childhood School, vacant since August 2013, could be yours for as little as $450,000.

Just 1 question: Why a cappella music?

If you want to see a real-life reenactment of the movie "Pitch Perfect," members of Urbana High's Vocal Chords Required recommend a drive to DeKalb on Saturday.

Area Update: Ford Public Health may close doors for June

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department, facing the prospect of having too little cash on hand to pay its employees come June, is considering temporarily closing its doors to the public until the necessary money can be obtained.

Third try for high school unlikely in Monticello

MONTICELLO — Vic Zimmerman isn't sure where Monticello schools' facilities plan goes from here, but it probably won't include a third request of voters to pay for a new high school.

Central concept plans due tonight

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4 architects will unveil conceptual site plans tonight for building a new Central High School at four city sites — including the longtime current home of the Maroons.

The sites include the 80 acres of district-owned farmland along Interstate Drive and the three infill locations most popular among members of a newly-formed, facilities-focused committee:

Killeen hopes for chancellor selection by fall

UI President Tim Killeen says he hopes to have a new Urbana chancellor on board by the start of school in the fall.

Speaking after today's UI Board of Trustees' meeting, Killeen said the hope is to have interviews with finalists by July.

Neighbors Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Academic honors

Benedictine University announced that Sarah Oprondek of Fairbury and Christopher James Branson of Philo were named to the dean's list for the fall term.

Teachers honored

Neighbors: Parkland dean's list

Parkland dean's list

Of the 885 students named to Parkland College's dean's list for fall semester 2015, many were from the area. This is the second and final installment. (Here is the first installment.)