'This type of behavior will not be tolerated'

DANVILLE — Danville schools officials said they're addressing an incident at Danville High this week, in which a student displayed threatening behavior toward a teacher and other staff trying to defuse the situation.

Just 1 question: Why this format for 'Macbeth?'

If audience members feel a little claustrophobic while watching Rantoul High's production of "Macbeth" this week, the cast and crew have done their job.

Making a (report card) list

Late last week, the state Board of Education released its 2014-15 "report cards" for public schools in Illinois. For comparison's sake, we took a deeper dive into the data:


Central Illinois large districts with the highest percentage of juniors who scored 21 or better on the ACT:

Teacher of the week: Erica Bryant

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...

Area update: End of month took October out of record-dry territory

CHAMPAIGN — For a time, it looked like last month would rank as one of the driest Octobers in local weather history.

But a precipitation rebound in the last five days of the month — with a total of 1.2 inches of rain — gave Champaign-Urbana 1.24 inches for the month, and a ranking of only the 20th driest October in 127 years.

Updated: UI signs 10-year deal with Carle

URBANA — The University of Illinois has signed a 10-year research affiliation agreement with Carle Health System designed to spur new biomedical advances at the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine — and outline who profits from them.

Many at Mahomet-Seymour 'college-ready'

SPRINGFIELD — Students at Mahomet-Seymour High School are the most "college-ready" in the area, according to data from the 2014-15 State Report Card, released Friday.

Area update: Gibson City OKs resolution supporting police

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City this week became only the third U.S. community to adopt a resolution in support of its police department, according to Chief Steve Cushman.

The resolution acknowledges a surge in violence against police and urges continued support of the department, including programs that fund protective equipment for officers.

Just 1 question: How does walking help?

Over two months into the school year, not only are 90 percent of Lori Bullock's fifth graders at Cerro Gordo Elementary passing their tests, they're a little more physically fit, too.

UI may be getting closer to settlement with Salaita

The University of Illinois appears to be moving closer to a settlement with Steven Salaita, who sued the university after losing his job because of his controversial tweets.

UI trustees discussed the case with administrators at a closed-door meeting last week, The News-Gazette has learned.