Hire education: Annual list of area's top employers sees significant shifts

While the list of top local employers includes each of the same companies as last year, there were some significant changes in where they were ranked.

Krannert director excited for musical highlights of 50th season

URBANA — Fifty years is not at all stodgy on Goodwin Avenue.

The Krannert Center for the Performing Art is looking spiffy a half-century after 1969 saw several blocks of houses give way to a temple designed by a University of Illinois alumnus, Max Abramovitz, who was also the architect of the State Farm Center and David Geffen Hall in New York City's Lincoln Center.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, May 13, 2018

Back by popular demand, we asked members of the high school Class of 2018: What are the top three items on your 10-year bucket list? (Coming the next two Sundays: Same question for seniors at 20 other area high schools).

Rantoul eighth-graders learning to spot bad behavior in 'Dating 101'

RANTOUL — Dating is not like reading Consumer Reports, where you can sniff out a lemon ahead of time.

It's not like buying a car or a television. There are no guarantees or warnings.

Fun facts about 2018 UI commencement

The University of Illinois commencement kicks off at 9:30 a.m. today at Memorial Stadium, featuring PayPal co-founder Max Levchin as the keynote speaker. A few fun facts:

Danville High's JROTC program recognized as among best in the nation

DANVILLE — Come next school year, Danville High School JROTC cadets will have something new to wear on their uniforms.

63 years later, UI grad who made Chia Pets famous finally picking up diploma

URBANA — After 63 years, the University of Illinois grad who gave us the Chia Pet — and that catchy commercial jingle ("Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!") — will finally get to walk across the stage today and receive his diploma.

Westville school pushes the hot-air balloon envelope in festival preview

WESTVILLE — Judith Giacoma students got a lesson Thursday in hot-air ballooning — and possibly set a world record in the process.

Early that morning, Danville pilot Donna Carlton-Vish and her crew brought her first balloon, Sunny One, to the elementary school in Westville and partially inflated it in the gym.

Clergy Corner, May 11, 2018

URBANA -- David Zola wears many hats in his service to the community.

University of Illinois students know him as a clinical professor of educational psychology who has helped thousands of people earn their degrees.

The people of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Urbana know him as a permanent deacon who helps provide the sacraments and inspiration to people of faith.

Office Hours with Aldo: Mara Wade

On Thursdays throughout the semester, staff writer Adalberto Toledo will book an appointment with a local professor. Today: University of Illinois Germanic languages and literatures Professor MARA WADE.

Wade will get to live out one of her dreams when she goes to San Francisco for the fall semester.