Parkland trustees leaning against increasing property tax

PAXTON — Parkland College trustees aren't likely to vote for a small increase in property taxes next month, board members said Wednesday night.

The Parkland board, in a rare meeting off campus, gathered at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School in Paxton.

Parkland hosting event for survivors of suicide loss

CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland College Counseling and Advising Center will host an International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day program from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Room U140 of the Student Union.

Late starts added to PBL's emergency options

PAXTON — Instead of having an entire day off, students in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda district could have a late start to the school day whenever bitterly cold weather is forecast for a weekday morning this winter.

Area update: Fisher school board hears request for local food

FISHER — A local resident would like to add locally-grown food to Fisher schools' lunch menu.

UI not planning to bring students out of Europe

URBANA — University of Illinois officials have no plans to evacuate UI students from Paris, or cancel study-abroad plans in France next semester, in response to the recent terror attacks.

Board: 1 not enough; 3 still possible

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4 will stick with its current two-high-school model, but the school board is not ruling out the possibility of a third.

Some faculty criticize cost-cutting plan at Center for Advanced Study

URBANA — Proposed staff cuts at an interdisciplinary center described as the "intellectual heart of the university" are drawing criticism from faculty at the University of Illinois.

Area update: Monticello council to discuss mayor's post

MONTICELLO — The city of Monticello could have a new mayor sometime Wednesday evening.

Board set to discuss small rise in tax levy

DANVILLE — City residents could be paying a little more to the Danville school district next year under a 2015 tax-levy proposal.

Under the proposed levy, which the school board will discuss Wednesday, the district's rate would go from about $5.29 per $100 of assessed valuation to $5.41 per $100.

Updated: UI slips two spots, to No. 5, in global enrollment rankings

URBANA — Despite a growing number of international students, the University of Illinois’ rank among U.S. universities slipped this year in terms of global enrollment.