UPDATED: GEO ratifies contract; strike over

NEW 10 p.m. Friday:

GEO Co-President Gus Wood reported that the contract has been ratified and the strike is over. Wood said 98% of voting members voted in favor. He did not disclose the total number of union members who voted.


Student found with stun gun at Jefferson Middle School

CHAMPAIGN — Police located a stun gun Friday afternoon that a student was carrying at Jefferson Middle School.

After a concerned student reported it to their mother, the mother called police, who arrived within minutes at the school shortly after 12:30 p.m. and identified the student with the stun gun, spokeswoman LaEisha Meaderds said.

Conference at UI seeks to open women's eyes to ag careers

CHAMPAIGN — When more than three out of every four farmers in Illinois are men, young women might not feel like there are opportunities for them in agriculture.

A conference today at the University of Illinois Activities and Recreation Center, 201 E. Peabody Drive, C, hopes to change that.

EIU president tells legislators marketing campaign is paying off

SPRINGFIELD — A marketing campaign touting Eastern Illinois University and its continued high rankings by U.S. News and World Report magazine appears to be paying off, EIU President David Glassman told an Illinois House committee Thursday.

DPI proposal runs into opposition at legislative hearing

SPRINGFIELD — The state should pay attention to capital improvement needs at all public universities in Illinois before it devotes $500 million to build a proposed University of Illinois-led research institute in Chicago, state Rep. Reggie Phillips said.

Hall-of-fame M-S coach removed from position

MAHOMET — The longtime girls' track and field coach at Mahomet-Seymour High School has been removed from her position under uncertain circumstances, leading to an outpouring of support for the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Famer.

Feasibility study: UI setting just right for hockey

CHAMPAIGN — The final report of the study on the feasibility of adding Division I hockey at Illinois didn’t contain any surprises. The facts and figures provided were more a reaffirmation of what Illinois thought heading into the process.

Division I hockey at Illinois could be a success.

NEW: 'I think it is a fair agreement,' UI provost says of deal with GEO

Updated 2:45 p.m.

URBANA — Striking graduate assistants rallied outside Foellinger Auditorium on Thursday to celebrate news of a tentative contract agreement with the University of Illinois.

The deal was announced late Thursday morning after a marathon overnight bargaining session.

Donated greenhouse to help DACC's sustainability farm grow

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College's sustainability farm will be able to expand its vegetable and herb growing season, thanks to a local company.

Greenhouse Megastore donated a 20-by-24-foot tunnel greenhouse to the college for the farm. The structure is valued at $2,000.

Office Hours with Aldo: Manny Rodriguez (w/ video)

On Thursdays throughout the semester, staff writer Adalberto Toledo will book an appointment with a local professor. Today: Parkland College chemistry Professor MANNY RODRIGUEZ.

Rodriguez started college with the goal of making it to medical school. The moment he took chemistry, though, he was hooked.