UI chancellor to give Parkland commencement address

CHAMPAIGN — An entrepreneur will get an alumni award and the University of Illinois chancellor will speak at Parkland College's 44th commencement exercises Friday.

Champaign County Head Start gets $102,500 grant for science, book programs

Preschool children in Champaign County will have new opportunities to learn about science, and more of them will be able to participate in a book project, thanks to a new $102,500 grant.

New chancellor may be named by July's end

URBANA — A new chancellor for the Urbana campus may not be named until July, President Michael Hogan said Monday.

Hogan said the search is "in good shape" with "very, very good and competitive" applicants.

But he added, "The timeline is a little bit behind where I want it to be."

Hogan: Campus pay hike a possibility

URBANA — University of Illinois employees could see their first general pay raise in three years this summer if current state budget proposals survive, UI President Michael Hogan said Monday.

Construction begins on expansion at DACC

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College officials and local dignitaries on Monday broke ground on a long-awaited project to expand and remodel the Mary Miller Center.

The $5.2 million project will add much-needed space for the math and science divisions including the health care programs, which have seen significant growth in the last decade.

Negotiations ahead for Danville schools, union

DANVILLE — Danville school district and the union representing food service and custodial workers are gearing up to negotiate a new contract.

Superintendent Mark Denman said the district's three-year contract with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 AFL-CIO expires on June 30. The two sides are set to start negotiations this spring.

Champaign approves teacher contract extension

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board unanimously approved a one-year contract extension of its teacher contract Monday night.

The contract calls for no changes to the current salary schedule. Current union members will move up one step on the salary schedule for an additional year of service.

New starting, dismissal times under consideration for South Side, Stratton

CHAMPAIGN — Two elementary schools could have new starting and dismissal times next year.

The Champaign school district is looking at changing the bell schedules for South Side and Stratton elementary schools, to alleviate some transportation problems.

UI gets $6 million for cloud-computing research

The University of Illinois is getting $6 million from the U.S. Air Force to create a center that could revolutionize shared computer resources called "cloud computing."

The University Center of Excellence in Assured Cloud Computing was established Thursday by the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Urbana campus.

Support sought for 4-H license plate

URBANA — Members of 4-H in Illinois are drumming up support for a specialty license plate.

Before the plate can be produced and be available, supporters need to show the secretary of state's office there is enough demand, said Angie Barnard, executive director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation, which is based on the University of Illinois campus.