Champaign teacher to receive national honor

CHAMPAIGN -- A Champaign elementary school teacher is getting national recognition for her skill in teaching math.

House plan would make only minor cuts to higher ed

SPRINGFIELD -- A bipartisan budget plan for higher education, negotiated in the House, would make only nominal cuts to public higher education in the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The proposal is expected to be voted on in the House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee on Friday morning.

Grant at UI to help fund obesity fight

URBANA --The University of Illinois has received a five-year, $4.5 million grant to train future leaders in the war on childhood obesity.

UI scraps Urbana wind turbine in wake of costs, opposition

URBANA -- After more than seven years of wavering, University of Illinois officials have decided to kill a proposal to build a 400-foot wind turbine just south of the city limits.

UI president surprised by faculty confrontation

URBANA -- Faculty leaders surprised President Michael Hogan on Wednesday with assertions of low morale and lingering shame over an admissions scandal at the University of Illinois' flagship campus.

Senate Executive Committee Chairwoman Joyce Tolliver told Hogan that Urbana has a world-class set of scholars eager to engage with administration in shared governance.

Redistricting panel, consultant proposed for Urbana schools

URBANA -- The Urbana school district should form a committee of school and community members to do redistricting for its elementary schools, but it should hire an outside expert to help look at demographic and other data.

Summers concludes 16 years on Urbana school board

URBANA -- The children who entered kindergarten when Steve Summers was first elected to the Urbana school board will be seniors in college next year. So you can say he's had a hand in the primary and secondary education of a generation of Urbana students.

Spezia takes seat on DACC board

DANVILLE -- The Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees has a new but familiar face.

New member John Spezia, who was elected to his first term on the board in April, was seated on Tuesday morning, along with longtime Trustees David Harby and Richard Cheney, who were returned to their seats.

Thomasboro school gets energy grant

THOMASBORO -- Thomasboro Grade School has received a $131,000 state energy-efficiency grant.

With the school district matching that figure, the amount will total $262,000.

Westville school board seats new members

WESTVILLE -- One new member and one returning member joined the Westville school board on Monday, following the election last month.

Dave Delanois, a lifelong Westville resident and retiree from TeePak in Danville, said he has been interested in the school board for a while. He said he has a particular interest in school policies.