DACC trustees approve bid for computers, networking

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College will continue to improve technology on campus this summer.

Trustees on Tuesday awarded a $78,836 bid to Zhai Network Parametrix for 70 Lenovo desktop computers, 70 monitors and 12 laptops. The equipment will be installed in four existing computer labs throughout the main campus.

Jobs program helps keep state parks clean

RURAL OAKWOOD – As a child, Krystal Dix remembers going to Kickapoo State Park with her family to camp and hike the trails.

Now 18, Dix is one of six young people who is doing much-needed maintenance work on the trails through a summer youth employment program.

UI faculty seeking answers about costs at research park

CHAMPAIGN – As the University of Illinois prepares to choose a developer for a major expansion of the UI Research Park, faculty are asking questions about money spent so far – and if it's the right time to invest more, given the school's budget challenges.

Incoming UI president remains a dedicated historian

URBANA – Illinois' incoming president is a working scholar who continues to teach and write about history.

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Homestead Corp. looking to assist even more in need of housing

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Options for school physicals

What if you are uninsured and can't afford to pay for a school physical?

Parents who turn to the Champaign-Ford Regional Superintendent's office for help are given this list of possible options for lower-cost or free physicals:

Prof hopes to have overdue climate survey for Champaign schools soon

CHAMPAIGN – A racial climate survey of the Champaign school district – commissioned while the district was still operating under a federal consent decree and due to be finished last year – is not yet completed.

EIU crew headed to Gulf Coast to film documentary on oil spill

CHARLESTON – An Eastern Illinois University instructor and three students left Charleston by car Thursday evening for the Gulf Coast to help produce a documentary on the BP oil spill.

Team sees no savings from merging academic units at UI

URBANA – Merging or consolidating several freestanding academic units wouldn't result in significant administrative savings for the University of Illinois, a budget review team has concluded.