Danville teachers back strike if talks fail on Sunday

DANVILLE – Just as they did three weeks ago, Danville teachers and support staff on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to go on strike next week if contract negotiations between its union and the school district aren't successful.

However, Danville Education Association officials said they're cautiously optimisic that won't happen.

Urbana school board narrows options for early childhood building

URBANA — The Urbana school board has narrowed the options for a site for a new early childhood building.

No deal, but Danville school talks continue

DANVILLE – While there's no tentative agreement yet, Danville Education Association and school district officials said Tuesday night that they feel confident they can reach a settlement at their next round of talks and avert a strike.

Negotiations to resume in Danville on Tuesday afternoon

DANVILLE – During a five-month-long teachers' contract dispute in Danville, district officials have remained steadfast in their desire to see the union accept a package proposal that comes with a salary freeze for most employees.

Plan for 'urgent' Danville building projects on agenda

DANVILLE – Danville schools officials have crossed off several of the most expensive items on a list of "urgent" building projects that must be done.

On Wednesday, Buildings and Grounds Director Ron Henton will discuss the remaining items and the plan for tackling them.

Labor Day: The meat cutter



By SUSAN KANTOR/For The News-Gazette

Jeff Baumann always dreamed of owning his own business, and a career in meat cutting led him to fulfill that dream.

Easter's eye on retirement once UI hires replacement

URBANA – Interim Chancellor Robert Easter says he will retire once the University of Illinois chooses a new chancellor and has no interest in the permanent job, or any other administrative post.

Cancer society seeks help from cosmetologists

SPRINGFIELD – Cancer treatments can take a toll on a woman's appearance, but cosmetologists willing to volunteer a little time can help give cancer patients a boost of confidence.

The American Cancer Society is looking for licensed cosmetologists in 35 Illinois counties to help with the next series of Look Good ... Feel Better programs.

Washington Elementary students get sneak peek at new school

CHAMPAIGN – The students at Washington Elementary School have been wondering how the construction of their new school is going.

On Friday morning, they got to see for themselves. The entire school took a field trip to the construction site, to see what it looked like and to sign a steel beam that will soon become part of the building.

Danville school board contract offer

The Danville school board offered this package proposal to the Danville Education Association on Aug. 16: