Wise to get $400,000 retention bonus

Chancellor Phyllis Wise will receive a $400,000 retention bonus when she steps down on Aug. 12, according to the university.

Wise's resignation stuns campus

URBANA — A year marred by lawsuits, votes of no-confidence, a national academic censure and athletic investigations culminated Thursday with the sudden departure of the University of Illinois chancellor.

In a move that stunned the campus, Phyllis Wise announced her resignation in a prepared statement distributed by the university.

Surprise resignation draws mixed reactions

CHAMPAIGN — Hours after the bombshell that Phyllis Wise had resigned as University of Illinois chancellor, some on campus felt vindication. Some expressed disappointment. Others, sadness.

Nick Llewellyn was simply curious.

Rauner: State needs to fix 'broken' education funding

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois' school funding system is "broken," Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday, and he said he wants a commission to review the issue.

But a central Illinois legislator who has been pushing for changes to the school funding formula said Rauner needs to move quickly.

Monticello school district finishes year with surplus

MONTICELLO — Good news for Monticello schools: Superintendent Vic Zimmerman reports that the district had a $595,000 budget surplus for the fiscal year that ended July 1.

ISU dean's list

Illinois State University has released its dean's list for the spring semester, area students are listed by hometown of record.

Allerton: Blake Robert Bodine

Argenta: Rachel Joy Bruckner

Buckley: Meghan Marie Foss, Melanie Marie Foss

Catlin: David Michael Sacre, Jordyn Alexis Leean Woods

Cerro Gordo: Colton James Blickensderfer, Stephen Joshua Hayes

Cerro Gordo board changes policy on children of employees who live outside district

CERRO GORDO — Children of Cerro Gordo school employees who do not reside in the district may be allowed to attend school in the southern Piatt County system tuition-free starting in the fall of 2016.

EIU names area residents to dean's list

Eastern Illinois University has named the following students to the dean's list for the spring team.

Arcola: Jaime Cantu Leal, Cole D. O'Rourke, Breanne R. Pedigo, Kayli E. Seaman

Argenta: Jaelen N. Myers

Arthur: Alicia R. Dickerson

Atwood: Nicholas A. Appleby, Tyler J. Day, Alicia C. Waller

Bellflower: Erin J. Kirkpatrick

Family Life: Helping set the stage for return to school

By Chelsey Byers/University of Illinois Extension

Districts helping students get medically prepared for school

All Illinois sixth- and 12th-graders can expect an extra bit of pain at the doctor's office this summer.

In addition to the 11 other disease-prevention vaccinations kids are required to receive at various ages, Illinois students now must also get a meningitis prevention shot upon entering grades six and 12, the Illinois State Board of Education announced last week.