SIU holds memorial 25 years after deadly apartment fire

CARBONDALE (AP) — Five Southern Illinois University students who died in an apartment building fire 25 years ago have been remembered at a campus memorial.

UI soccer, track teams get a park of their own

Hear more from coach Turk Saturday at 9:10 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois track and field has been without a truly permanent home for 30 years after one round of Memorial Stadium renovations in the late 1980s removed the track.

UPDATE: Champaign council rejects landmark status for all 3 properties in Central's way

CHAMPAIGN — Three-plus hours and 35 emotional speeches later, the final score is in.

Unit 4 school district 3, PACA 0.

Parkland hosting panel on information literacy, press freedom

CHAMPAIGN — A panel discussion on information literacy and press freedom will take place Wednesday afternoon at Parkland College.

Part 62: Educators who made a difference

With the UI turning the big 1-5-0 this year, we caught up with 1,000-plus graduates from across the globe who have gone on to big things. Every Tuesday throughout 2017, Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO will tell their tales, which are all housed at

PACA makes final plea for Burnham Mansion ahead of Champaign council vote

CHAMPAIGN — With the hours ticking away until the Champaign City Council seals the fate of an old mansion needed by Unit 4 for the expansion of the Central High School campus, preservationists made one last push to save it.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 5, 2017

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the kids behind "High School Confidential." Today: Heritage senior COURTNEY STEWART of Broadlands.

Bradley involved in printable Martian homes contest

CHICAGO (AP) — A central Illinois university is a key player in an ongoing competition aimed at deploying 3-D printers to build habitats on Mars if and when humans travel to the red planet.

The Chicago Tribune reports Sunday that Bradley University in Peoria is a partner in the 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge organized by NASA. Several companies are also involved as sponsors.

Getting Personal: Michael Chitty

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Michael Chitty, the superintendent at Judah Christian School, chats with staff writer Paul Wood. He goes to church in Mahomet, has been a coach and archery is among his many hobbies.

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Teaching cursive: Schools disagree on if it's still a priority

About a month ago, Sheila Greenwood was talking with a first-grade boy in her office, when he noticed some of her handwritten notes.

The Bement schools superintendent and grade school principal had written in cursive. But to the boy, it might as well have been secret code.