Danville group to honor teachers with help from Van Dyke

DANVILLE – The Danville Community Public School Foundation will honor four teachers, showcase the musical talents of five show choirs and unveil a new initiative with the help of legendary performer and Danville High School alumnus Dick Van Dyke.

All of that will take place at an event called "An Evening of Singing and Dancing." It will be held April 13 at the high school auditorium.

Students live black heroes' history

URBANA – Ask just about anyone for the names of heroes in the black community and you might get Martin Luther King or Oprah Winfrey or Willie Mays.

But who knows anything about Benjamin Banneker or Phillis Wheatley or Dr. Ben Carson? Phyllis Peete's fifth-graders at Thomas Paine School, that's who, and they shared their knowledge at the Urbana school Friday, living their heroes' histories.

Local school districts conduct annual layoffs

URBANA – In what's become an annual late-March ritual in many school districts, Urbana school board members Tuesday voted not to re-employ 27 teachers and 53 aides and other noncertified personnel.

For most, the layoffs are temporary, made to comply with state reduction-in-force laws that require districts to give personnel they may not have the money to rehire 30 days' notice before the end of the school year. But most districts RIF – an acronym for reduction in force – 60 days before the end of school.

Parkland makes plans for growth

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College and the owners of the former K's Merchandise Mart are working out final details for the college to buy the building on North Mattis Avenue.

When the deal is done, Parkland plans to remodel the unoccupied part of the building as new quarters for components of its health professions department, including a special room that will house a $150,000, computer-operated human model that reacts like it's alive, used for training at some medical schools.

Danville High School's library club provides computer training

DANVILLE – Linda Cumbow thought a mouse was a rodent that ran on the floor, but Danville High School student Kalipb Wiggins taught her differently.

"It's the little thingy on the screen," Wiggins told the 90 or so senior citizens at CRIS Senior Services on Wednesday.

DACC trustees OK tuition increase

DANVILLE – The cost of attending Danville Area Community College will increase starting this summer.

Trustees on Tuesday approved a $7-per-credit-hour tuition increase, bringing the college's combined tuition and fees to $78 per credit hour.

Champaign schools of choice registration deadline is Friday

CHAMPAIGN – Parents of children who will start kindergarten this fall in Champaign have just one more week to participate in the schools of choice lottery system.

The deadline for registration during the lottery period is Friday.

DACC trustees set to OK increase in tuition

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College students will likely see a slight tuition increase this summer.

That's because DACC trustees are expected to approve a $7-per-credit-hour increase at their meeting on Tuesday.

Teamsters, UI at odds over contract language

Teamsters haven't exactly earned their hard-bargaining reputation by being complaisant or letting things slide.

So when income dived last year for several truck-driving union members at the University of Illinois after the university started changing the way Teamsters were paid for what they do, employees filed grievances.

New UI facility takes unified approach

A central idea behind the new Institute for Genomic Biology was to break down walls between disciplines and get University of Illinois researchers from various fields working together on big questions facing science and society.

So the people who designed the building, which will be formally opened in a ceremony on Thursday, decided to knock down some walls, literally – or rather, not to build them in the first place.

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