Legislator: UI appropriation likely less than Quinn's budget

URBANA -- The chairman of the House higher education appropriations committee says it's unlikely that the state's public universities will get as much money as Gov. Pat Quinn's budget proposes.

Senate committee forwards recommendation to close Aviation

URBANA -- A faculty/student Senate committee dealt a blow to the Institute of Aviation Monday, recommending its closure, and also the end to its two undergraduate programs.

Six running for three seats on RTHS board

RANTOUL -- The six candidates for the Rantoul Township High School board discussed their views and perspectives for the three open board seats at a recent candidate forum.

The candidates are incumbents Janet Brotherton, Merle Wilson and Mary Bolser; and challengers Roger Quinlan, Paula Bishop and Edwin Everly.

Rantoul City Schools candidates answer questions

RANTOUL -- Five of the six candidates for the three open board seats on the Rantoul City Schools board in Tuesday's election discussed their views at a recent candidate forum at Rantoul Township High School.

Present were incumbents John Brotherton and Bill Sweat, and challengers James Meister, Jeff Seegmiller and Mike Tome.

Joan Fitzgarrald was unable to attend.

7 vie for 3 Parkland board spots

CHAMPAIGN -- Seven candidates seek three seats on the Parkland Board of Trustees; two of them are incumbents.

The field for the April 5 election includes a consultant, a former legislator, a retired professor and a retired superintendent, a veterinary tech, a veteran county board member and a farm services staffer.

Candidates for Parkland board

Here are the candidates for three open seats on the Parkland College board

Donna H. Giertz

Address: 614 Pittsfield Drive, C

Occupation: Retired professor, Parkland College

Political experience: Parkland College trustee since 2005; Champaign Township trustee

Greg Knott

Savoy community learns more about new school

SAVOY -- "Collaboration" is the word when it comes to the new elementary school in Savoy.

Teachers, students and parents collaborated to give input into the design of the 60,000-square-foot school to be built at 304 Prairie Rose. And the building itself will feature an environment designed for students and teachers to collaborate in learning.

Champaign school candidates discuss issues at forum

CHAMPAIGN -- Five Champaign school board candidates answered questions from about two dozen audience members at a candidates forum Thursday night, discussing their priorities for the Champaign school district.

The five candidates Jamar Brown, Lynn Stuckey, and incumbents Kristine Chalifoux, Sue Grey and Greg Novak are running for four open seats.

School board candidate: Court case has no impact

CHAMPAIGN -- A candidate for Champaign school board says a nearly 10-year-old neglect case filed against her is a nonfactor in her run for school board.

Lynn Stuckey is one of five candidates running for four open seats.

Exchange program for Japanese students still on at UI

The triple disaster that struck Japan last month hasn't derailed plans for an annual summer exchange program for Japanese children in Illinois.

The Illinois 4-H-Japanese Summer Exchange will provide a language immersion experience for 57 Japanese youth ages 12 to 15 who will live with host families in Illinois.