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.

Students' cars to illustrate power of nanotechnology

BROADLANDS – Fuel-cell-powered balsa-wood cars are propelling Heritage High School students into the age of nanotechnology.

Heritage students, working under the watchful eyes of teachers Suzanne Fuller, Carolyn McIntyre and Debra Welch, created six cars, and on April 4, they're going to race them – although they move rather slowly – in front of the whole school to demonstrate what atomic-sized technology can do.

Downtown Champaign restaurant to expand into adjacent site

The Bacaro wine bar and restaurant in downtown Champaign is getting bigger as it expands into the space recently vacated by the Persimmon grocery.

Owner-chef Thad Morrow said when the remodeling is complete, customers will enter through the former Persimmon space at 111 N. Walnut St.

Champaign schools to hold reduction in force meeting Monday

CHAMPAIGN – Between 50 and 75 employees of the Champaign school district on Monday will be told they won't be rehired for the next school year.

But most of them will be back on the job in August.

Champaign files revised consent decree plan

CHAMPAIGN – After months of meetings between Champaign school officials and representatives of the school district's black families, the district has a more detailed plan for meeting the goals of its federal consent decree.

It includes putting a building question on the March 2008 ballot, opening an alternative school in the fall, conducting a second climate survey in the school and getting parents and community members more informed about and involved in consent decree issues.

Heritage School Board reinstates the dance squad

HOMER – Heritage High School junior Chelsea James said she is thrilled to have a chance to dance for the school.

"I think having a dance team is a good idea," said James, who plans to dance with the Hawkette dance team when it returns this fall. "We have enough girls interested – they will apply themselves to perform well."

Westville schools report strong test results

WESTVILLE – School officials said Wednesday they were pleased but not surprised by the strong showing district students made on the 2006 standardized tests.

Each spring, elementary and middle school students across the state take the Illinois Standard Achievement Test, and 11th-grade students take the Prairie State Achievement Exam. The results allow school officials to see how their students compare with their peers statewide, as well as how they are progressing from year to year.

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