Danville teachers' contract talks may soon begin anew

DANVILLE – Though Danville teachers and other school staff finally have a new 1-year contract, board members said it won't be long before the two sides will have to start working on a new agreement, and they would like to see representatives come together soon to start talking about issues.

Champaign schools ponder lockdown for report's release

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign schools are preparing for any reaction to a report on the Oct. 9 shooting death of 15-year-old Kiwane Carrington.

Assistant Superintendent Michael McFarland asked school principals to review the district’s “soft lockdown” procedures.

UI professor's program informs kids on healthy food

MAHOMET – The food industry has long been savvy about combining narrative, visually pleasing images and positive emotions to attract children to certain foods – say Froot Loops, Pop-Tarts and McDonald's Happy Meals.

Solo Cup's $27.9 million loss inflated by one-time hit

HIGHLAND PARK – Solo Cup Co. reported a net loss of $27.9 million in the third quarter, largely as the result of taking a $17 million charge to reflect the decreased value of its European operations.

That compared with a net loss of $8 million during the same quarter a year ago.

Area clinics sticking with old mammogram advice

CHAMPAIGN – A new study may say otherwise, but having a mammogram at age 40 mattered to Cheryl Page.

"If I hadn't had that mammogram, who knows what might have happened," said Page, the lead mammographer at Christie Clinic, who says she remains 100 percent behind the American Cancer Society's recommendation for women in their 40s to undergo annual mammograms.

Tentative deal between UI, GEO ends two-day strike

URBANA – Graduate students are expected return to teaching duties today after the University of Illinois and the Graduate Employees' Organization reached a tentative contract agreement on Tuesday.


The three-year agreement, which is retroactive to August 2009, addresses the last major sticking point – tuition waivers.

Danville teachers union OKs one-year agreement

DANVILLE – All members of the Danville Education Association would receive a raise under a proposed one-year contract, which the association ratified on Monday.

"We overwhelmingly passed it," association President Robin Twidwell said, following the meeting with members. "I'm very glad to be at this point."

Champaign library gets award from architectural group

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Public Library received a 2009 design excellence award from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

A jury of architects gave the library an honor award, in the interior architecture category.

Some Danville students get extra hand with reading

DANVILLE – Some Danville elementary schools are using a new resource to improve student achievement, particularly in reading.

It's a special group of teachers who have stepped into a new role. Their job is to evaluate student learning using a variety of measures.

Danville teachers' union ratifies proposed contract

DANVILLE – Danville teachers and other staff are closer to working under a new 1-year contract.

Danville Education Association members "overwhelmingly" ratified a proposed contract on Monday afternoon, union President Robin Twidwell said. The proposal now goes before school board members on Wednesday night.