DANVILLE — While East Park Elementary School students are loving their new cafeteria, there are some others who say they appreciate it even more.
They're the teachers whose classrooms surround the three commons areas where students used to eat.
While many area school districts called Wednesday's snow day by Tuesday evening, Champaign, Urbana and a few other districts waited until the wee hours of the morning to cancel school.
Superintendents said they were waiting to see how the overnight snowfall affected road conditions.
It's been a long winter, and everybody's stressed.
Why not lighten things up with a little Jimmy Buffett?
The school-closing announcement sent to Urbana school staff at 5:40 a.m. today was anything but routine.
CHAMPAIGN — Twitter users can chat and learn about the newly selected site for Champaign Central High School at a Twitter chat Tuesday.
The school board announced last month that it wants to build a new high school
northeast of Neil Street and Interstate Drive.
The #AskUnit4 chat will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 on Twitter.
CHAMPAIGN — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has nominated 11 students in the 13th Congressional District, including two from Champaign County, for admittance to the U.S. military academies.
The nominations were made following an application and interview process. The final determination on admission is made by the individual academies.
CHAMPAIGN — With the extension of Fourth Street last fall and Yahoo's groundbreaking celebration this week, the University of Illinois Research Park's expansion eastward is starting to pick up steam.
CHAMPAIGN — Tech. Sgt. Kendra Bonam is leaving for South Korea on Wednesday — and she hasn't started packing.
The days have been crazy busy as she copes with leaving her fourth-grade class behind (just before annual testing), getting to her daughter's basketball game, fighting the weather and preparing her family.
OK, Danville schools parents and students. Your school board decided that K-12 students will have a "uniform standard of dress" next year.
But you still have a chance to weigh in on what that standard will look like and cost, how the proposed policy will be implemented and what the sanctions for noncompliance will be.
URBANA — On one side you have an award-winning, internationally-known scholar.
On the other side you have an equally respected researcher and professor with just as many publications and grants to his or her name.
One believes establishing a faculty union would protect and strengthen the university. The other insists a bargaining unit for faculty would weaken the institution.
If it's successful in organizing, a faculty union would join about a dozen other unions on the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus.
Here's a list of current unions at the UI:
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 698 (includes employees such as library technicians, shopkeepers, mechanics, nurses and others).