Substitutes to get a raise

URBANA — The Urbana school board voted Tuesday to increase pay rates for the district's substitute teachers for the 2015-16 school year.

Updated: electrical issue leads to cancellation of classes at Parkland College

New 2:27 p.m. Monday:

An electrical issue in the main building on the Parkland College campus in Champaign has led to the cancellation of classes for Tuesday afternoon and evening.

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It's official: UI censured over Salaita

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The University of Illinois administration has been formally censured by the American Association of University Professors over the Steven Salaita case.

Four agencies splitting $43,200 in grants

CHAMPAIGN — Four local agencies will share in $43,200 in grant funding through the Marajen Stevick Foundation.

One of the recipients chosen was the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, being awarded $13,600 to start a structured reading program in its after-school program.

Community college plan to be heard

SPRINGFIELD — While the Rauner administration has proposed a 31 percent cut in public higher education funding for the upcoming fiscal year, Illinois Senate Democrats plan to discuss next Tuesday the benefits of free community college tuition.

The Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, has scheduled a committee of the whole session on college affordability in Illinois.

State comptroller: 'We can't pay bills now'

SAVOY — Legislators have failed Illinois citizens by failing to pass a balanced budget, state Comptroller Leslie Munger said Friday, and she urged them to work with Gov. Bruce Rauner to pass a new budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

A Life Remembered: Kent Williamson

CHAMPAIGN — To Kent Williamson, it didn't matter whether you were a first-year elementary school teacher or a published college professor.

"When you talked to him, he would give you his undivided attention and really make you feel like the most important person in the room," Mila Fuller said of her colleague at the National Council of Teachers of English.

Longtime Champaign teacher ready to make jump to principal in Urbana

After spending her entire educational career in Champaign elementary schools — as a teacher at Robeson and Barkstall and administrator at Booker T. Washington and the International Prep Academy — Candace Gwin is headed to the other side of Wright Street.

Catlin school board meets for last time before district dissolution

CATLIN — Catlin school board members met for the final time this week — paying bills, approving a retirement and a resignation and reviewing a list of school memorabilia to be donated to the local museum before the district dissolves on June 30.