UI salary freeze adds to flight risk, professors say

URBANA — Nighttime emails from the president are almost never good news, according to University of Illinois Professor Bruce Reznick.

And so the announcement that the university is again deferring a general salary-increase program until a state budget materializes was met with "dull disappointment combined with a lack of surprise," said Reznick, a professor of mathematics since 1979.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Graduation honors

— Kyle Stuckey, son of Lynn Stuckey, Champaign, earned a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude in government, from Lawrence University.

— Samantha Schroeder of Mahomet graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in education, from Miami University.

Champaign school board split on what to ask voters despite upbeat survey

CHAMPAIGN — After sharing the results of the phone survey Unicom conducted during July — which revealed 56 percent of respondents were in favor of a $158 million plan to update both high schools — an official from the community research company advised the board to put a referendum question on the ballot in November.

With new UI chancellor selected, focus turns to provost

URBANA — With a new chancellor on deck, the University of Illinois still has one high-profile "interim" position.

Champaign school board to hear results of facilities phone survey

CHAMPAIGN — Two new trailers were delivered to Champaign Central High School last week to help cushion the effects of overcrowding this fall.

That brings the total number of portable classrooms in the district to 10, with two outside Centennial High School, three at Jefferson Middle School and one each at Barkstall Elementary, South Side Elementary and the former Columbia school.

Learning and earning

CHAMPAIGN — New jobs available in the area that could make you happier and raise your standard of living? Check.

Courses available in Champaign to help you land those jobs? You bet.

For the retirees, July 31-Aug. 7, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Area update: Drivers slowing down to new limits on Illinois 47

MAHOMET — Drivers on Illinois 47 are slowing down thanks to some newly imposed speed limits on the stretch of highway that passes the Briarcliff and Thornewood neighborhoods on the north side of Mahomet.

Critics of IBHE pick have a Plan B

URBANA — Faculty groups that oppose the appointment of a Champaign cybersecurity expert as the sole faculty member on the Illinois Board of Higher Education have suggested a compromise.

Let John Bambenek be one of the IBHE's nine public members rather than the faculty representative.

Tutoring firm to open local franchise

CHAMPAIGN — A Seattle-based tutoring company says it plans to open a franchise in Champaign, in part because of the "low academic progress rate" of local students in grades pre-k through five.