Illinois fifth in nation for drawing international students

URBANA — International enrollment at American universities topped the 1 million mark for the first time last year and now makes up 5 percent of the U.S. college student population, a new report says.

Tentative agreement in place for Danville teachers

DANVILLE — Teachers in the area’s school district could be working under a new contract later this week.

Negotiators for the school district and Danville Education Association recently reached a tentative agreement, less than two months after a similar deal was struck in Champaign’s Unit 4.

Parkland's latest art exhibition will draw you in

CHAMPAIGN — A national drawing invitational opening Monday at the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College will feature 30 drawings, both large scale and more intimate.

Among the 11 artists represented: Hong Chun Zhang, whose "Twin Spirits No. 3" depicts entwined long hair on two disembodied heads.

Playoffs have 'em pumped in Monticello

MONTICELLO — Entering town from the north on Market Street, one of the first things visitors are greeted with is a purple-and-gold display in the front yard of Monticello quarterback Caleb Hanson's house.

"QB 1" reads one of the signs, and "Hanson" is spelled out on large letters across the front lawn.

Trustees give UI's budget compact their blessing

CHICAGO — A bipartisan bill that would guarantee five years of stable funding for the University of Illinois if it holds down tuition and meets other benchmarks could be a model for resolving the state's budget impasse, its legislative backers say.

Central, Centennial drama departments teaming up again

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central and Centennial high schools have long enjoyed an intense crosstown rivalry, mainly in athletics.

So when the schools' drama departments came together for the first time last year to present a joint production of "The Little Mermaid," things were uneasy at first.

The #MJs, Nov. 11, 2016

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.

TOP TWEETS (election edition)


Killeen: UI 'firmly rooted in diversity and inclusion'

With anxiety high in some quarters following Tuesday's presidential election, University of Illinois President Tim Killeen took a moment to offer reassurance at Thursday's board meeting.

LIVE: UI trustees in Chicago

Staff writer Julie Wurth is in Chicago for today's UI Board of Trustees meeting. She'll be providing updates throughout:

1:15 p.m.

A bipartisan group of eight legislators endorsed the UI's proposed five-year pact with the state, saying it could be a model for other state universities and Illinois' budget impasse in general.

Just 1 Question: North Ridge Builders Club members and veterans

They make cards for veterans for Veterans Day and Valentine's Day. They collect toiletries and other supplies for them at Christmastime.