Parkland professor, trustee doesn't plan to give up either role

CHAMPAIGN — Rochelle Harden says she plans on being sworn in April 26 as a member of the Parkland College Board of Trustees.

And it appears she will be: The official agenda for the meeting says that Harden will be among the four trustees who will be administered the oath of office.

What happens after that, though, is anyone's guess.

Teacher of the Week: Annette Lockhart

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.

This week, meet Annette Lockhart, a first-grade teacher at Maple School in Hoopeston who's retiring at the end of the year.

One Danville school placed on 'precautionary' lockdown

DANVILLE — Danville police are investigating incidents in neighborhoods near two schools that led to one school being placed on soft lockdown.

Superintendent Alicia Geddis said one incident occurred near Northeast Elementary Magnet School, at 1330 E. English St.

UI fine-arts grad students show off their master's-pieces

CHAMPAIGN — A new University of Illinois exhibit features sustainable art from a former electrical engineer who moved into design, a mobile app that teaches girls about positive attitudes on body image, art inspired by a daily walk here and a sculpture that takes its visual cues from the human body.

Grant to boost travel for western Illinois students

MACOMB (AP) — College students and faculty in western Illinois will get more travel abroad opportunities because of a U.S. Department of Education grant.

In a Friday news release, Western Illinois University officials said the grant of over $400,000 will benefit their school and also Spoon River College in Canton.

Letter-writer, EIU professor has questions for Rauner

MONTICELLO — After 30 years in a profession about which she is passionate, Parley Ann Boswell is counting the days until her May 31 retirement.

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Two days of jazz at Central High

The 48th annual Central Jazz Fest will take place Friday and Saturday at Champaign Central High School, with the program starting at 5:30 p.m. each day.

Groce's Akron job will save UI some dough

CHAMPAIGN — Basketball coach John Groce could earn twice as much money next year from the school that fired him than from his new employer.

Groce will be paid $350,000 annually for his first two years at the University of Akron, which hired him last week to head the men's basketball program, according to documents provided to The News-Gazette by the school.

University presidents appeal for 'stability' in funding

SPRINGFIELD — University presidents came to Springfield for another round of budget hearings on Thursday, starting off with the good news.

Their future vision: Acting as your own charger

CHAMPAIGN — In 20 years, you might be able to charge your phone with your watch, which charges itself with your body movements and heat.

That's the vision of two Next Generation seventh-graders, who formed one of 24 regional winning teams in the annual ExploraVision contest, which asks students to explore what new technology might exist two decades from now.