EIU looking to turn five academic majors into minors

CHARLESTON — Up to five academic majors at Eastern Illinois University could be eliminated this spring — but not because of the budget squeeze facing the university and the rest of Illinois higher education, EIU President David Glassman said Tuesday.

Teacher of the Week: Aubrey Ritter

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.

University of Illinois trustee Estrada leaving board

URBANA — A University of Illinois trustee appointed to the board after serving on the state commission that investigated the 2009 UI admissions scandal won't be serving a second term.

Ricardo Estrada, appointed as a UI trustee in 2011, said he informed Gov. Bruce Rauner in late 2016 that he didn't plan to seek a second term when his expired this month.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 18, 2017

We regularly publish reader-submitted photos in the paper and at this website.

But almost never from 5-year-olds.

Sandwich students bound for Trump inauguration

CHICAGO (AP) — Students from a northern Illinois high school are bound for Washington, D.C., for festivities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

UI researcher added to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list

URBANA — When Lydia Kisley was notified that she had been selected for Forbes' 30 Under 30 list of young innovators, the UI science researcher perused the list.

One name immediately caught the Cleveland native's attention.

Head of Illinois Board of Higher Education stepping down

SPRINGFIELD — James Applegate, who became executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education less than three years ago, is stepping down.

Applegate, who has a doctorate and a master's degree in communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said he is leaving the IBHE "to pursue other opportunities to serve American higher education."

UI at 150: Memories from an A-list author, actor and activist

With the University of Illinois about to turn the big 1-5-0, we asked A-list alumni about the one Campustown spot that made the biggest impression on them. On Tuesdays throughout 2017, we'll share their memories.

The swimming pool

County board to vote on MTD board appointee Thursday

URBANA — Jim Faron said he's tried to get appointed to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board for years.

It looks like it's finally going to happen — ironically, at the same time that he's a candidate for the Parkland College board.

Biomass boiler to keep UI greenhouse warm, clean

URBANA — It's an idea as old as human history: burning plants for fuel.

At a greenhouse where sugar cane thrives in the middle of January, a locally grown energy source will soon be providing environmentally friendly heat.