Go figure: UI trustees edition, Jan. 18, 2018

A numerical look at items on UI trustees' agenda for today's meeting in Chicago:

$44.86 million

Total contracts up for approval for construction of the $79.2 million Memorial Stadium renovation and Football Performance Center project.

'A season of laughter' awaits Parkland performers

Parkland College Theatre Artistic Director Brian Morgan talked with staff writer Paul Wood about how next year's schedule came to be:

How did you choose the selections? They seem quite diverse.

UI pulled 35 job offers over background checks in 2017

CHICAGO — Background checks prompted the University of Illinois to withdraw 35 job offers across its three campuses in 2017 — triple the number from the previous year but still just 0.3 percent of the total checks conducted.

Four from Champaign headed to D.C. to advocate for Dreamers

CHAMPAIGN — Four Champaign residents will join progressive Jewish activists in Washington, D.C., today to pressure Congress to include protections for children brought to the United States illegally as part of a government funding bill.

Vacancy on UI Board of Trustees still unfilled after a year

For a year now, there has been an empty seat on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

As the board prepares to elect new officers Thursday in Chicago, Gov. Bruce Rauner has yet to choose an appointee for the ninth statewide seat vacated last January.

Professionally and personally, Unit 4 fits married teachers to a Tee

Next Wednesday, we'll reboot our Teacher of the Week feature. To nominate an area educator, email N-G schools writer Lyndsay Jones at or tweet her (@__lyndsayjones).

Top of the Morning, Jan. 17, 2018

How best to judge the impact of LAURA GIRTON?

She has rivals from Bismarck (where she's been a longtime teacher) and Oakwood (where her kids went to school) behaving like best friends.

Police, city, school officials to speak at Champaign gun-violence forum

CHAMPAIGN — Top police, city and school officials will gather tonight at a community event designed to spur action against gun violence.

The town hall meeting, motivated in part by the Dec. 8 shooting outside a Champaign Central High School basketball game, is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Illinois Terminal, 45 E. University Ave., C.

Tolono youths' mission: Warming up C-U at Home's fundraiser

TOLONO — Some local youths are taking on a project to help the homeless.

Children from area churches' youth groups are meeting Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church of Tolono to make no-sew fleece blankets that will be distributed at C-U at Home's One Winter Night fundraiser Feb. 2.

UI students return to chilly temps, slippery roads

URBANA — As the first day of classes goes, today's forecast at the University of Illinois wasn't the most hospitable on record: 3 degrees at 9 a.m., with a -14 windchill.

Not to mention the slippery drive back to campus for students Monday after a lengthy winter break and a 3-inch snowfall.