Since you asked: What about C.S. Johnson property?

TODAY'S ONLINE QUESTION: Is there a reason that the old C.S. Johnson Co. property south of Springfield Avenue has not been considered for a new Central High? That property is big enough for the school, and they wouldn't have to build a new stadium because the existing stadium is only a block away.

UPDATED: EIU backers plan rally in face of 200 layoffs

CHARLESTON — Upset about the state budget impasse that threatens the future operation of Eastern Illinois University, Kate Klipp invited a group of people to her Charleston home to see what they could do.

SIU-Edwardsville sets enrollment record

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is seeing record enrollment this spring, while numbers are down or holding steady at community colleges in the Metro East region.

UI to departments: Get ready for more budget cuts

URBANA — After absorbing budget cuts this year of $20 million or more, University of Illinois academic departments are drawing up plans for more cost-cutting in 2016-17.

Teacher of the week: Steven Lowe

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

This week...

Parkland College releases dean's list

Parkland College congratulates approximately 885 students who have been named to the school's Dean's List for fall semester 2015, including the following from the Champaign area. Students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grade scale for the semester in which they are being honored or achieve a 3.5 cumulative GPA for 12 or more hours in the academic year.

Fifth-grader's first single won't be her last

CHAMPAIGN — Coming soon to iTunes: fresh new tracks from Adele, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Coldplay ... and a Champaign fifth-grader.

At Carrie Busey Elementary, she's known as Ashanti Butler — a fun-loving 10-year-old who digs basketball, gets good grades and has a legion of friends.

'Glad to be back? I am'

DANVILLE — When Cannon Elementary students returned to school on Monday, they saw a familiar face standing outside their new, unfamiliar building across town.

"Good morning! Good to see you," said Mihai Murineanu, Cannon's P.E. teacher, who greeted them as they hopped off the bus at Mark Denman Elementary, their school building for the rest of the year.

Gianina Baker chosen for Champaign school board

CHAMPAIGN — After two hours of interviews and an hour of closed-session deliberation, the Champaign school board chose a black woman with a Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Illinois to fill the seat of former President Laurie Bonnett.

Top of the morning, Feb. 1, 2016

You know that box you have?

The one that's made every move with you since you left the University of Illinois?

The one with your college stuff?

The one you haven't opened in years?

Ryan Ross sure wishes you'd take a look.