St. Thomas More students get a bipartisan congressional visit

CHAMPAIGN — The students at the High School of St. Thomas More had done their homework.

By the time U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, arrived Wednesday morning with Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., in tow for a talk on bipartisanship, students had prepared questions that showed they were, at least in general, paying attention.

UI at 150: A janitor's son — and proud of it

Memory No. 1,399 on our special UI-at-150-and-beyond website comes from Kansas financial-services executive, film producer and Illini athletics donor PHILIP SARNECKI, who grew up in Homer and St. Joseph.

Danville school board fires teacher accused of having sex with student

DANVILLE — A Danville High School special-education teacher who'd been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male student has been fired.

The school board on Wednesday voted unanimously to terminate the tenured teacher, whom board President Bill Dobbles identified as Chelsea L. Robinson after the recommendation was approved.

UI's record-breaking freshman class: Most in-state residents in 10 years

CHAMPAIGN — Freshman enrollment at the University of Illinois’ flagship campus hit another record this fall, including a 10-year high for Illinois residents, pushing overall enrollment close to 50,000.

To Your Health | Canned foods great for warm fall soup

A common phrase for health-conscious grocery shoppers: "Shop the outside of the store for healthy choices!"

While the outside aisles usually have healthy options, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, this phrase is not accurate. The center aisles have plenty to offer to shoppers looking for nutritious, budget-friendly choices!

Unit 4 contractor: Adjusting cost estimates ‘just kind of a part of what we do’

CHAMPAIGN — Keep the new Dr. Howard Elementary a two-strand school that could one day feel cramped if enrollment keeps trending up?

Or, add $1 million to the budgeted expense and transform it into a three-strand structure the student body likely won't outgrow?

Teacher of the Week: Sarah Brown

Meet SARAH BROWN, who's living her dream of small-town teaching every day at Fisher Elementary.

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Recipients of Time magazine's Person of the Year honor booked for speaking gigs this month at Foellinger Auditorium.

Fresh off last week's appearance by BARACK OBAMA, UI officials announced Tuesday that TARANA BURKE will speak to students at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18.

Burnham Mansion stands no more: 'It is surreal in the most awful way'

CHAMPAIGN — On the final morning, there were no protests.

No one came with signs, no one chanted in dissent, no one held any demonstrations.

Instead, the handful of onlookers who gathered Tuesday to witness the final day of the Burnham Mansion stood quietly, some silently shaking their heads, others preoccupied with taking video on their phones.

Bailey Academy principal appointed to fill vacant DACC board seat

DANVILLE — A longtime Danville schools administrator is Danville Area Community College's newest trustee.

At a special meeting on Monday, trustees approved appointing Tracy Cherry, principal of Kenneth D. Bailey Academy, to fill a vacancy that was created when Tonya Hill resigned on Aug. 10.