Danville schools policy considerations include whether to adopt uniforms

DANVILLE – Starting later this month, Danville schools staff, parents, high school students and other community members can weigh in on student policy including whether the district should adopt uniforms and how it can improve attendance.

Students are taking more precautions, official tells UI trustees

CHICAGO – University of Illinois students, especially women, are taking steps to improve their safety after a sexual assault in a Champaign residence hall last week.

UI police are consulting with the FBI on the Nov. 8 attack in Forbes Hall and exchanging information, UI Police Chief Barbara O'Connor told the UI trustees on Thursday.

UI will help PTI staff as institute slated for closure

CHAMPAIGN – The Police Training Institute will close by December 2011 because the University of Illinois can no longer afford its $900,000 annual cost.

Teacher honored for bringing children, seniors together

TILTON – Since Southwest Elementary School opened 10 years ago, first grade teacher Rena Pate has arranged for her class to partner with the school's next-door neighbor, Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.

UI needs to address percentage of admission acceptances, panel says

The University of Illinois should address the declining percentage of applicants who accept offers of admission, a number that's dropped steadily for five years, a faculty admissions committee says.

The "yield," as it's known, dropped from about 45 percent in 2007 and 2008 to 41 percent in 2009 and about 38 percent this year, according to UI figures.

'Firewall' on UI admissions working well, report says

URBANA – Admissions reforms imposed after the "Category I" scandal at the University of Illinois proved "extremely effective" in eliminating improper influence on admissions decisions, a one-year faculty review has found.

UI prof's assignment for next semester in limbo

URBANA – A controversial veteran professor's teaching duties remain up in the air after interim Chancellor Robert Easter sent the case of Louis Wozniak, removed from the classroom this fall, back to his own college for decision .

UI trustees likely to pass Hogan restructuring despite faculty dissent

CHICAGO – President Michael Hogan's restructuring program for vice presidents and chancellors looks likely to pass at Thursday's meeting of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Work may start next summer on long-awaited Swann rec center

CHAMPAIGN – A project to build a long-awaited recreation center for the 120 residents of Swann Special Care Center could begin next summer.

East Central Illinois groups vying for grants both large and small

Several area organizations are vying for money in the latest round of the Pepsi Refresh Project.

The project allows community members to vote for projects through Nov. 30. The top vote-getters are awarded money. Project supporters are allowed 10 votes each day, and you can vote via Facebook, text and online.