Vote set on selling Sangamon School for above list price

MAHOMET — Sangamon Elementary School has a buyer — and one willing to pay more than the current list price of $600,000.

At a special meeting Monday, Mahomet-Seymour school board members will vote on whether to accept an offer of $750,000 from 1000 Churchill LLC for the 3.6-acre property.

UPDATED: Killeen on tap for second $100,000 performance bonus

URBANA — University of Illinois President Tim Killeen is slated for a second performance bonus of $100,000 for meeting goals outlined by UI trustees.

Killeen earns $600,000 annually, with the possibility of up to $100,000 in annual performance incentives based on goals set by the board. He received the full $100,000 in September 2016 after his first year in office.

UPDATE: 1 of 3 sought in armed robbery at Rantoul nail salon arrested

UPDATE, 12:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10:

RANTOUL — One teen is in custody in Urbana for a holdup at a Rantoul business Thursday while police continue to look for two others in the Chicago area.

A release from Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said three young men entered Fashion Nails, 1279 E. Grove Ave. in the Maple Grove shopping center, about 12:47 p.m. Thursday.

Author bringing love letter to UI's PLATO system to its birthplace

URBANA — As a college freshman interested in music, Brian Dear was wandering through the University of Delaware music building one day in 1979, hearing an uncoordinated medley of musical instruments from various rooms when he noticed through a window a dark classroom filled with orange-glowing faces peering into computer monitors.

UI officials: Proposed $1.2 billion master plan 'a feasible approach'

URBANA — New buildings and renovation projects envisioned in a proposed campus master plan carry a price tag of about $1.2 billion — not unrealistic given the University of Illinois' donor base and track record, top UI officials say.

The proposed master plan, unveiled last spring, provides a flexible blueprint for campus growth and development over the next decade and beyond.

Davis vows to fight to keep tuition break in GOP's tax-reform bill

WASHINGTON — Although he hoped to make changes to the tax-reform plan approved Thursday by the House Ways and Means Committee, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said there will be other opportunities to revise the package before it sees a final vote, still expected to come before Christmas.

City staff endorses saving 1 of 3 buildings in way of Central work

CHAMPAIGN — Round 2 of preservationists' bid to save three buildings from being bulldozed for an expanded Central High School could be a split decision.

Study: Most of students' loan-fraud claims involve for-profits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students who attended for-profit colleges filed more than 98 percent of the requests for student loan forgiveness alleging fraud by their schools, according to an analysis of Education Department data published Thursday.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 9-16, 2017


This weekend


What: Get in the Christmas spirit while enjoying Christmas carols and samples of delicious Christmas goodies.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11, and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

Where: Main Street, downtown Arcola.

More info:Call 217-268-3576.

Time, gender changes are complementary in Parkland's 'Much Ado'

CHAMPAIGN — At Parkland College's "Much Ado About Nothing," Shakespeare has been updated to World War II and there's been a gender reversal.

Director B.J. Gailey said the changes are organic.

"It lines up with major themes; it's in part about coming back from war and in part about changing roles for women," he said.