Champaign narrows school chief search firm options

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district has narrowed the possible candidates for both an interim superintendent and a search firm to help find a permanent superintendent.

Daley speech emphasizes UI's desire for Washington ties

As President Obama's chief of staff comes to Champaign for University of Illinois commencement, the UI is in turn stepping up its efforts in Washington.

William M. Daley will deliver the commencement address at the 140th commencement exercises on Sunday. He will speak at both the 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. campuswide ceremonies at the Assembly Hall.

Board awards bid for Danville schools warehouse

DANVILLE — South View Middle School isn't the only building in the school district that will be under construction this spring.

The Danville school board on Wednesday awarded a contract to Leverenz Masonry for the Phase II work at the district's warehouse.

State surveys become UI Prairie Research Institute

CHAMPAIGN — The prairie that settlers from the East found here is honored in the new name of a 150-year-old set of important scientific institutions.

The Illinois state scientific surveys are now part of the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute.

UI chancellor to give Parkland commencement address

CHAMPAIGN — An entrepreneur will get an alumni award and the University of Illinois chancellor will speak at Parkland College's 44th commencement exercises Friday.

Champaign County Head Start gets $102,500 grant for science, book programs

Preschool children in Champaign County will have new opportunities to learn about science, and more of them will be able to participate in a book project, thanks to a new $102,500 grant.

Hogan: Campus pay hike a possibility

URBANA — University of Illinois employees could see their first general pay raise in three years this summer if current state budget proposals survive, UI President Michael Hogan said Monday.

New chancellor may be named by July's end

URBANA — A new chancellor for the Urbana campus may not be named until July, President Michael Hogan said Monday.

Hogan said the search is "in good shape" with "very, very good and competitive" applicants.

But he added, "The timeline is a little bit behind where I want it to be."

Construction begins on expansion at DACC

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College officials and local dignitaries on Monday broke ground on a long-awaited project to expand and remodel the Mary Miller Center.

The $5.2 million project will add much-needed space for the math and science divisions including the health care programs, which have seen significant growth in the last decade.

Negotiations ahead for Danville schools, union

DANVILLE — Danville school district and the union representing food service and custodial workers are gearing up to negotiate a new contract.

Superintendent Mark Denman said the district's three-year contract with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 AFL-CIO expires on June 30. The two sides are set to start negotiations this spring.