UI student farm to have open house

URBANA — The University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm will hold an open house later this week.

The open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the farm, which is located near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Windsor Road in south Urbana.

Schools, agencies get state funding for at-risk family programs

The Danville and Urbana school districts, the Center for Children's Services in Danville and the Developmental Services Center in Champaign are a few of the local entities that have won state funding, aimed at helping at-risk infants and toddlers get a leg up on their education and in life.

Program beneficial to school nurses

BISMARCK — When school nurse Josie Siddens starts her day, she makes sure to have the tools of her trade on hand: a stethoscope, thermometer, nebulizer and — what's come to be her most indispensable tool — a cellphone.

"It's a lifeline," said Siddens, who serves nearly 1,000 Bismarck-Henning students who are spread out in three buildings.

Danville school board to vote on land purchase

DANVILLE — The Danville school board on Wednesday could vote on whether to purchase small parcels of land along Jackson Street adjacent to district property.

Irish's Gymnastics headed to Gilman

RANTOUL — Championship banners line the west wall of the Irish's Gymnastics facility, trumpeting a long string of excellence.

Since owner Danny Irish opened it in 1997 at the Rantoul Plaza shopping center, he's moved it three times in the plaza to get more room.

He's moving again, but this time the move is more dramatic.

Champaign teacher brings insight back from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

CHAMPAIGN — Usually thousands of people crowd the halls of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

But Franklin Middle School teacher Trina Wetzel found herself in a much smaller, tranquil group — sometimes she was alone among the austere displays of artifacts left behind by those who did not survive the genocide.

Faculty writing union constitution as UIC disputes ruling

CHICAGO — Faculty at the University of Illinois-Chicago are writing the constitution for their new union, UIC United Faculty, even as the university challenges it.

Former schools chief won't face criminal charges

DANVILLE — The former Georgetown-Ridge Farm schools chief who resigned earlier this summer after using school district equipment and an employee for his personal use will not face criminal charges.

Vermilion County State's Attorney Randy Brinegar announced Friday that he would not pursue charges against Greg Irwin after reviewing the case.

UI moving ahead with new engineering building

URBANA — A long-awaited project to build a state-of-the-art electrical and computer engineering building at the University of Illinois is moving ahead, with a bid opening scheduled in October.

The state Capital Development Board this week posted the project under its "procurement opportunities," advertising it to contractors interested in bidding on the construction.

Champaign schools seek members for equity committee

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district is seeking applicants to serve on the Education Equity Excellence Committee.

The five members selected will meet monthly to discuss equity issues in the district, among them academic progress, special eduction, gifted programs, the Academic Academy, attendance rates, discipline rates and graduations rates.