URBANA – Theater artist Robert Picklesimer has adapted for the stage fairy tales, Greek tragedies and even the William Faulkner novel "As I Lay Dying."
Now he's tackling a much bigger project, an original musical he titled "1787: We the People," about the creation of the American Constitution.
CHAMPAIGN – Participation in H1N1 vaccinations at Champaign County public grade schools averaged less than 50 percent, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
The district has wrapped up vaccinations at elementary schools, with the exception of St. Matthew Catholic School in Champaign, and will offer vaccinations at middle schools and high schools in the week ahead.
URBANA – The University of Illinois and its graduate student union will again negotiate at 3 p.m. Saturday, with a strike possible if the sides can't agree.
Among several things the UI and the union can't agree on is how much the assistants are paid in the first place.
CHAMPAIGN – China's new community college system could learn a lot from Parkland College, and apparently it has.
That's the consensus of five top educators from China who have spent the last two weeks at Parkland in an exchange designed to speed the evolution of their system, which is growing as fast as anything else in the rapidly changing land.
Kayla Thrasher was about to pull away from Urbana High School in her truck on a recent afternoon.
But before she did, she fastened her seat belt. She always wears it, she said. It's something her parents have always encouraged her to do.
CATLIN – School officials approved a $2.23 million tax levy for the upcoming year on Thursday, which is expected to generate an additional $63,600 for the district.
Superintendent Gary Lewis said he expects the value of property within the district to increase by about $2 million to a total of about $43.6 million, allowing the schools to collect more money while reducing the tax rate.
DANVILLE – Six years ago, Melissa Gnaden and some other students she knew dropped out of Danville High School.
DANVILLE – The Danville High School Choral Music Boosters candy fund-raiser is under way.
Orders for See's Candies will be taken through Nov. 16 and delivered beginning Dec. 4.
URBANA – The local Books 2 Prisoners program won second place in its category at the 2009 Governor's Hometown Awards in Springfield.
The awards were announced in late October.
WESTVILLE – School officials on Wednesday unveiled a $2.3 million tax levy for the upcoming year, and plan to formally approve it next month.
Superintendent Jim Owens said he estimated that the proposed levy would generate about $80,000 more than the current levy. He also said that he expects the value of property within the district to hold steady at about $50 million, allowing the schools to collect more money with just a small increase in the tax rate.